Monday, April 19, 2010

Design Tip of the Week (4.19.10): A hint of the tropics

Currently, I am trying to achieve a beachy feel to my 100 year old house and looking for inspiration to achieve a light and airy feel of the beach without making the theme so obvious. Here are some inspirational ideas that I have been tapping into to share.

Last year P4D did a post on tropical chic and profiled my favorite hotel in the Dominican, Casa Colonial. The design of Casa Colonial is the perfect example of how to achieve a beach decor that is understated yet 100% tropical. This look transports you to a Caribbean paradise whether you are on an island or land locked. Casa Colonial is all white with mahogany details. Large green palm and banana leaves in clear glass cylinder vases are found througout the hotel with some orchids for a pop of color. Natural elements like sand, rocks and sea creatures (such as star fish and sand dollars) are subtly and strategically placed. Long sheer white curtains give the rooms a cool and airy feel.

Check out the full post for more pics!

We found some more inspiration from soHaute with beachy designs by Kelly Wearstler.

Also loved this room profiled on Simple Home Decorating

Got any of your own inspiration to share? Send us some of your beachy chic designs!

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