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5 Tropical-Inspired Design Ideas For Beach Lovers

Bring the refreshing vibe of the tropics to your home sweet home in the city

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

A weekly escape from the busy city life is always welcome, but for the most part, the expenses of going on a regular vacation can be steep and it can throw off your work schedule. No need to worry, you can bring the beach into the comforts of your own home instead. Start working on your tropical-inspired makeover today with these ideas: 

1. Decorate your walls with flora and fauna. 

If you don't have room for a proper green corner, go vertical instead—set-up flower boxes across the wall for a fun indoor garden. For those who don't have the hands for nourishing plants, you can go with a rainforest-inspired mural instead. 

2. Choose wooden furniture pieces.

Wooden (or even bamboo) furniture gives off a raw and organic vibe of the tropics. Use unpainted or varnished pieces that can give your home a cottage feel. Don't forget to accessorize with pillows to make the space extra cozy. 

3. Consider an open layout for your space. 

Opting for an open layout is very beneficial for smaller spaces as room dividers can make the room look cramped. Also, having an open space means that you can have better ventilation and light distribution in the room! 

4. Install bigger windows. 

If you have big windows, it follows that more light and air can enter the room. Natural light is a good way to make the space look larger and the breeze can cut down your electricity bill by keeping the room cool—just like hanging out by the shore. 

5. Use a neutral palette. 

What are the colors of the ocean? Blues and variations of off-white. When styling your space, opt for these colors on the walls and the accessories for a space that's calming and timeless at the same time. 

In photos: Modern Mediterraenean Living Room (Booth 9) (Main) | Organic Opulence Lanai/Patio (Booth 19) | Modern Tropical Dining Room (Booth 12) 

Evolution officially marks the countdown to PSID’s 50th Anniversary in 2017. Evolution is open to the public from September 30 to October 31, 2016 at the Square Building, Greenfield District, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Visit their website for more details.

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