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7 Beautiful Ways To Create A Tropical-Style Home

There's more to the tropical look than just wicker furniture and neutrals

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Photography: courtesy of Pottery Barn

Woven furniture and beige upholstery may be the pieces of choice when decorating a tropical home (and who wouldn't, as it feels like summer all-year-round in the Philippines). But there are other ways to do tropical without making your home look like a beach hut. 

If you want to take a different route in terms of tropical style, then Pottery Barn's Summer 2018 collection arrived just in the nick of time. With "Island Chic" and "Coastal Cabana" as their themes, the popular lifestyle brand shows us new collections that will give us refreshing ideas on decorating for the tropics. 

Distressed finishes


Instead of going for heavy, walnut-shade stains, try distressed-wood finishes for a lighter, summery look. The Indio Living and Dining collection showcases ash-gray, sun-bleached wood pieces that are perfect for your indoor dining area or breezy lanai.

Outdoor modern


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If you think that woven outdoor sets need to look like they came from your granny, then you're in for a surprise with the Cammeray outdoor sectional sofa and table, which show a streamlined, ultra-modern take on the usual all-weather outdoor sets. 

Palm trees


Think of the iconic, vintage palm tree wallpaper of the Beverly Hills Hotel: this is translated into vibrant and chic dinner plates (as low as P445 each!) that will turn any summer brunch into a glamorous lunch. 

Delicate sea glass


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Remember picking up translucent, wave-smoothened glass chips on the seashore as a child? These seaglass vases in delicate shades of crystal and aqua blue will bring back those memories (and liven up your tabletop, as well). 

Crisp blues and woven accents


If you want to deviate from your usual whites, why not try crisp-blues-and-whites? The refreshing pairing goes well on pillows and bed linen (such as this exuberant Marriana Reversible Duvet), and is fantastic when matched with woven area rugs and rustic furniture for that Ernest-Hemingway-in-Cuba vibe.

Natty stripes 


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Another modern take on tropical style: nautical-inspired navy stripes paired with hip, industrial-style accessories. Try this Oxford Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug as a runner in your entry foyer or porch.

Pastels and florals


What is tropical style without whites, pastels, and florals? This sweet June Bed hits the tropical spot with its bamboo-patterned frame, and contrasts pretty well with a blush-pink, hand-quilted floral bed linen set. 

All items are available at Pottery Barn. Pottery Barn is located at Central Square at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; at Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons, Pasig City; and at 3/L of Rustan's Tower at Shangri-la Plaza Mall; follow Pottery Barn on Facebook/PotteryBarnPH, and at www.sssilife.com.ph

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