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5 Tips to Create a Tropical-Inspired Home

Turn your space into a home that's perfect for summer with these ideas

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Original Article: Coni Tejada

Transform your home into an abode that's perfet for the season and fits our country's climate. Architects Joven Ignacio and John Pangilinan and interior designer Gretchen Torres-Ronquillo, share these useful tips to help you create a relaxing space.

Main photo by Thomas J. Story via homeadore.com.

Keep these tips in mind:

Choose an open layout

“Considering that most Filipino properties are small, the lesser walls you have, the better the ventilation, and better communication in terms of interaction,” says John. “You can actually open everything.”

Utilize passive cooling

Passive cooling simply means cooling the house without using artificial air conditioning. This is the trademark of a tropical home and this means having wide window openings.

Go natural

Earth colors such as greens, browns, beige, and whites are mostly used in a tropical design. However, you can also utilize vibrant hues to brighten up your space. “Create an accent to your home, by adding pops of color through your accessories," shares Gretchen. Choose fiery red or sunshine yellow pillows and accessories to create visual contrast to your neutral colored sofa. 

Photo by Miguel  Nacianceno.

Use indigenous materials

“Houses should be allowed to breathe,” says Joven. “The materials used should also be allowed to breathe, para matuyo kaagad [because] we have a humid environment.” He recommends using traditional bamboo, nipa, rattan, and jemelina wood. 

“You can also use synthetic materials that can be used as an alternative. These are eco-friendly but still give a tropical vibe,” Gretchen adds.

Landscape with tropical greenery

One of the trademarks of a tropical home is the presence of plants, inside and out. Utilize plants that work well with our climate such as bamboo, ferns, rubber tree, and palms. These plants can also help cool the area, and provide shade. “[A] trellis is also key in controlling the influx of direct sunlight,” says John.

Click here for more tips about tropical homes.

Photo by Miguel  Nacianceno.

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