Also described as modern Rio and picking up on our current love of all things botanical, the retro tropicana trend is exuberant, joyful and loud. I love it.
It is not a style for the faint of heart though. In my own home my preference is for more subdued shades and schemes which are more understated than in your face. I wondered whether there was a way to work the retro tropicana trend in a sophisticated and gentle way; less carnival, more leisurely stroll through a tropical greenhouse?
Readers, there is a way. Here’s my guide to retro tropicana with sophistication:
1. Limit the palette
For the walls and major pieces of furniture, stick to a limited colour palette of calming greys and ferny greens. Introducing some darker elements to your decor will add drama too. This wallpaper from B&Q (1, below) would be perfect for a feature wall or panel behind your sofa and it’s a steal at £12 a roll.
2. Luxe it Up
Incorporating luxe fabrics will lend sophistication to the scheme. This velvet sofa from Swoon Edition (3, below) in a soft-as-moss fern green hits the mark.
3. Add Metallics
Use some warm-hued metallics in the scheme. Think quality over quantity though to keep the look elegant rather than tacky and restrict the variety of metals you use to keep it streamlined. If you’ve got a bit of a budget, this Dar light fitting (2, below) is the showstopping business.
4. Go Green
Fill your room with an abundance of foliage to add that tropical lush factor. If you’ve got green fingers, go for real leafy plants galore. If you’re challenged on that front (like me) seek out convincing artificial options, like this MiaFleur one (4, below).
5. Splash the colour
Add some vibrancy and depth to the scheme with a pop of colour in your accessories, but keep it restrained to avoid too much noise. One or two pieces will do the job. This pink Arthouse cushion (5, below) is a good foil to the all the lush greens.
6. Have (a Little) Fun
Sophisticated doesn’t have to be stuffy. Follow the tips above and you can enjoy all the fun of the tropical trend in a liveable, more enduring way.
Have you incorporated retro tropicana in your home this Spring yet? How did you make the trend work with your own style preferences?