Common elements of an island home range from muted walls, pops of color and lots of playful texture, to tiki-inspired mini bars. Enjoy these design tips from Apartment Therapy as you plan to beautify your little slice of Caribbean paradise.
- A lot of white or slipcovered furniture makes for a cool and calm island look – complete with verandas, shutters and seagrass rugs and baskets.
- Ramp up texture with a wallpapered foyer, jute rug and mirrored shelves. Real or fake palms, along with blue and white porcelains, are both regular themes throughout the Caribbean home.
- Using shutter doors on windows and palm fans add complementing textures. Neutral tones, natural materials and white walls with dark wood are a nod to Caribbean style.
- Subtle, muted tones can be jazzed up with playful color and varying patterns.
- Mosquito netting and beds draped with gauzy white fabric or curtains are a prerequisite for almost every Caribbean bedroom.
- Colonial four-post beds in dark wood are customary for island bedrooms.
- Paint your Caribbean kitchen white, and add a concrete floor. Dark mahogany cabinets will pop against sleek white walls, while details like rattan pendant lights, fronds, throw rugs and baskets round off an island theme.
- A stellar bar stocked with lots-of rum is a must. Choose a tiki-centric theme and decorate it with a local painting and rope clock.