We may not be in tropical Rio, but here at Decology HQ we’ve been coming over all sportsman-like in the run up to this year’s Olympics. And while you won’t find us running the 100m any time soon, you will find us poring over carnival-esque colours of our host nation and injecting a little Brazilian spirit to our home. Here are our top five tricks to recreate the look at home and explain how our team of Decologists can help you do just that from as little as £250.
Cacti, cacti, everywhere
Last year we had the pineapple; this year, the humble cactus is the most popular kid in the playground. From cushions to curtains, wallpapers to window dressings, the cactus is having a serious moment in the interiors world. Our particular favourite? The hand-illustrated designs from Silken Favours – its inaugural wallpaper collection is proving to be our current obsession!
Photo credits: Silke Flavours, Ahlens
Step outside your comfort zone and be bold with your colour schemes – from bold, bright reds to sunshine yellows, rich teal blues and emerald greens, put down the grey paint and introduce a little colour to your home’s décor. They say pink and green can never be seen, but one of our favourite looks sees a flamingo-inspired pastel wall paired with vivid green accessories for a colour combination of dreams. The genius team at Pantone are also on hand with further inspiration – take a look at our favourite colour palettes below.
Photo credits: H&M, Studiopepe
No other pattern symbolises the tropical spirit than the palm leaf. Go all out and layer your walls with lashings of botanical-inspired wallpapers, or keep it subtle with the odd cushion or ornament. Don’t be afraid of clashing patterns – the trick is to find a range of designs in complementary colour palettes, tied together by one neutral shade throughout.
Photo credit: Temple & Webster, Architectural Digest
Bring the outdoors…outdoors
We’ve long been fans of the design guru Matthew Williamson and his collaboration with Rebecca Louisa Law and Blakes London for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show was something special. Perfect for city dwellers with limited outdoor space, Williamson created the garden patio of dreams complete with birdcages, five foot high pink trees and an abundance of cobalt blue plant pots. Lucky enough to have a pool? Line the edge with potted palm trees, throw some colourful cushions outdoors and you’ve got yourself your very own holiday resort.
Photo credit: Matthew Williamson, The Nest
Think outside the box
We first spotted the bathroom of The Social House via the Instagram feed of our friends at Styleophile, and we’ve become a bit obsessed with the idea of tropical bathrooms since. Whether’s it’s wall-to-wall prints or a few carefully placed hanging baskets, introducing some foliage to your bathroom is a quick and simple way to bring the outside in.
Photo credits: The Social House, Cole & Son Wallpapers
Nervous about introducing such bold patterns and colours to your home? Our Decologists will guide you every step of the way – whether you are after a subtle take on the trend, or are brave enough to throw yourself in completely, our designers are on hand with expert help. You can peruse our entire database online (https://decology.co.uk/profiles/) search based on tier level, style and required skills, or allow us to pair you with your perfect designer. You may also spot some tropical-inspired looks in their searchable portfolios!