How to create a tropical kitchen, bedroom and bathroom

Tropical bedroom

Warm weather, fruity iced tea, peacefully reading a fresh copy of KBB magazine and the sound of waves hugging the shore in the background — could summer be any closer? Holidays may be a distant thought at the moment, but you can still transform your home into a resort, through a tropical-themed kitchen, bedroom or bathroom (perhaps all three, why not?). 

Close your eyes and imagine yourself relaxing on a tropical island – who wouldn’t want to achieve that state of relaxation at home? Well, to create a tropical kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, it’s important to pay attention to the colour spectrum you are going for. Shades of green, orange, blue and yellow are the go-to colours as they are usually associated with the nature, so get inspiration from the outdoors for your new home design. From wallpaper to finishing touches, here are ten ways to perfect the holiday-inspired look.  


A tropical island
I bet we are all day-dreaming about hot summer days spent on an exotic island – we can make the best of the situation and choose a tropical kitchen island for now. This sage green marble from Cullifords is the perfect choice to add that tropical feeling to your kitchen.

Tropical kitchen

The Verde Tinos Marble, priced from £600 per m2, from Cullifords is a great way to introduce the tropical look in your kitchen.

A statement fridge
If you want to bring the summer feeling to your kitchen, forget the classic white fridge and choose a statement mint green shade – the retro FAB fridge from Smeg is at the top of my wishlist 

Smeg fridge

The FAB38RPG 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic from Smeg is a great way to add a pop of colour through a statement fridge-freezer.

Add rattan stools
One prominent texture this season is rattan, from storage units to lamp shades and everything in between. You can revive your kitchen island’s seating area with rattan bar stools with sleek metal bases. This texture will definitely add character and a bohemian touch to your kitchen. 

Rattan stools

Tie the tropical look together with Dunelm‘s Nirvana rattan barstool, £99; Tall green leaf vase, £15; Tall fluted tulip vase, £8; Small green glass leaf vase, £8.

A colourful splashback
Add a pop of colour through your splashback – be it though navy-blue herringbone tiles, pink and green square tiles or a minimal monochromatic panel. For a modern, holiday-inspired look, go with a glossy, subtle pastel shade.


Refresh your kitchen with AluSplash‘s Essentials Collection in the Ocean Wave finish, £109 per panel.

The bar cart
Every holiday involves happy hour with either Long Island iced teas or Virgin Margaritas, right? Create the perfect drinks’ station in your kitchen with a textured serving cart. Add you favourite drinks, stylish glasses and some fruits and you’re good to go. Plus, it does serve multiple purposes, from a bar cart to a serving cart, perfect for al fresco dining. 

Serving trolley

Ever thought the perfect serving trolley doesn’t exist? Well, it does and you can find it at Limited Abode, priced £495.

The dining area
One of the most used areas in your kitchen is the dining area. Choose a solid oak dining table with matching chairs for an authentic look. For decor, you can use clear jugs as vases and add greenery, such as colourful Lilies or faux, bright green, palm tree leaves, to add a tropical touch to your dining area. 

Tropical kitchen detail

Decorate your dining table with tropical greenery. Photography: Alison Hammond.

Get new dishware
And by new, I mean vintage – choose dishes in neutral shades with gold accents. These shell bowls in a pearlescent finish will fit in perfectly in your exotic kitchen. Remember that even though you might be working on a new project, you can always find vintage treasures ready to be upcycled or repurposed. 


Palm leaf wallpaper
Have you been eager to change the look of your bedroom? This is the perfect occasion to try a different theme, just in time for summer. Choose a hand-painted palm leaf wallpaper with polished details for a modern look.

Add a tropical touch with the Palm Springs Wallpaper in white, £69 per panel, from Wild Hearts Wonder.

You can also liven up the atmosphere with a tropical wallpaper in soft pastel shades such as powder pink, mint green or lemon. The great thing about wallpaper is that depending on the print you choose to go with, you can either create a stylish, contemporary room or a calming sanctuary. 

A textured bed
A new bed frame can easily dictate your bedroom’s aesthetic. Go for an upholstered bed in sage green, ocean blue or sandy yellow shades, or try a natural bed frame, made from rattan. What is more, rattan can give a minimalist look to your tropical-themed bedroom. 

Tropical bedroom

Introduce a bohemian look in your bedroom with The French Bedroom Company‘s Chateauneuf Whitewash Rattan Sleigh Bed, from £1,195.

Exotic bedding
If you love the exotic theme, but would like to keep it simple, then bed sheets in a botanical print are a great choice as they will give your bedroom a relaxing sanctuary feeling, but in a subtle way. Add a couple cushions in the same style to complete the look. 

Tropical bedroom

Bedspread: Sumi fabric in Blush, from £52 per metre.
Cushions left to right: Orientalis fabric in Blush, from £25 per metre; Asami fabric in Blush, from £42 per metre; Sumi fabric in Blush, from £52 per metre; Asami fabric in Azure, from £42 per metre, all ILIV.

House plants
You can easily transform all three rooms in a tropical paradise through lots of house plants – from tall trees and succulents to trailing plants. Add lots of greenery, such as the English Ivy, on your kitchen worktop or display them on open shelves. Bring a Kentia palm in that plain bedroom corner or place a tall bamboo tree next to your roll top bath. Besides adding a tropical touch to the most important rooms in your home, house plants have some amazing health benefits to offer.


The roll top bath
When I think about an exotic bathroom, I imagine a classic white roll top bath, aromatherapy and lots of greenery – talk about relaxation! To successfully create the tropical look in your bathroom, go for a freestanding bath. This will add character to your bathroom and give you a spa-like feeling at home.

Tropical bath

Create a tropical spa-like bathroom with the Formoso bath, £2,299, from Clearwater.

Mix and match
Bring wallpaper in your bathroom and spice up the walls with an exotic palm tree leaf print. Cole & Son have amazing options, so you will definitely find a print to fit your style. Mix the leafy print with simple square tiles to add contrast and create a modern bathroom design. 

The wetroom
Say goodbye to the traditional shower and embrace the walk-in-shower. Make the wetroom the focal point of your tropical-inspired bathroom with fish scale tiles. Be it achromatic, colourful or iridescent – fish scale tiles can instantly add the tropical touch to your bathroom. 

Tropical bathroom

Bring the ocean closer with the Pearl Scale Frosted Mosaics from Original Style.

If you decide to recreate this look, don’t forget to snap a picture, use #kbbmag and tag us @kbbmagazine.

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Featured image: iStock / Artjafara

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