Home Styles 101: Tropical Interior Design

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by The Carpet Guys

what is tropical style interior design

Even if you don’t live near the ocean or in a tropical area, the luxurious beauty of tropical interior style can be achieved.

Like the previous home styles, this is another style that incorporates nature and a calming atmosphere.

From the floors to the little decorating details, here’s how to pull off the perfect tropical home design.

The How To’s of Tropical House Interior Design

Flooring Materials

Natural fibers and colors really contribute to a room’s ambiance. Using tropical woods will also give a room the tropical touch.

For flooring, you have three different options to choose from including:

  • Laminate
  • Hardwood
  • Carpet

Since most tropical designed homes consist of mostly wooden items, the flooring used is wood as well. Having laminate flooring installed is a great option for getting a wood looking floor with many more benefits than natural wood. Laminate flooring is much less expensive than natural wood flooring products, and it’s also more durable too.

If you have your heart set on real wood, then natural hardwood flooring can be used as well. Just be sure that you don’t have anything on the floor that will scratch it badly and keep it from getting too wet.

tropical interior design ideasCarpet has worked for tropical interior design as well. If you want new carpet installed rather than wood, pick a color that resembles tropical settings like sand or beige looking tones.

For example the image to the right is a tropical style bedroom we installed carpet in, and it looks gorgeous.

Fabrics and Furniture

Sheer, light fabrics in solid, pale colors bring out the warm, island tone in any tropical interior design floor plan. The fabrics can be used as window treatments or as a canopy around a bed.

For furniture, stick to items made out of wood as well. Woods like bamboo, mahogany, teak, and babinga are identifiably exotic. Stay away from using pine, oak, or birch woods.


Include various types of flora and foliage throughout your home. Potted palms, ferns, and ficus trees are great island plants that bring the sense of the outdoor tropics indoors.

Use various sizes around the home as well. Using lively, bold colored flowers and large leafy potted plants can drastically change the style and feel of a room.


You want your room to resemble real tropical colors. Choose strong shades of blue, terracotta, yellow, green or brown. Colors can be connected to elements of nature and bring a certain feel to the room:

  • Sand/beige/light brown: the color of the coast
  • Yellow: the brightness of the sun
  • Green: nature, plants, freshness
  • Red and terracotta: dry, burnt soil, setting sun
  • Baby blue: opens up the space by resembling the sky
  • Brown: wood
  • Darker blue: comparable to the ocean

Lighting and Accessorizing

Using neutral nature colors and having enough smooth textures will help disperse light. Artificial light can be used through ceiling fans, wicker/parchment paper, and pendant lights.

Adding animal pictures and wildlife can contribute to the tropical ambiance. Monkeys, butterflies, parrots, tropical birds, wild cats, etc. Carved wood sculptures and art pieces are fantastic ways to keep the natural feel in the room.

tropical interior design characteristics

Incorporate animal prints and ornaments on throw blankets, pillows, and bedding to accessorize. Decorative wood bowls made of exotic woods and filled with fruits are a fantastic way to make the room feel as if it is on an island. Sea shells are also a sure way to set the tone.

Get your Floors with The Carpet Guys!

We may not carry the seashell ornaments you need, but we’ve got your flooring needs covered.

Carpet and hard surface flooring is our specialty, and we know what it takes to get the best performance out of your floors.

With us at your side, we guarantee your tropical interior design ideas will come together perfectly after we install your floors. To start looking at some samples from the comfort of your own home, give us a call to get a free flooring estimate set up today.

We look forward to serving you very soon.

Download Guide

Learn how to buy carpet the right way

Still have questions about carpet installation, colors, fibers, padding?

Get a free copy of our carpet buying guide today and we will walk you through the entire process, start to finish.

Download the Guide
Request a
Free In-Home Estimate
Carpet Installers
Was your home built before 1978? affordable carpet prices
I understand the terms of use, contact consent, and privacy policy.
Carpet Installers
© 2024 The Carpet Guys. All right reserved.