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5 Tropical-Inspired Decorating Ideas We Can Learn from a 63sqm Unit

Even contemporary spaces can have a unique ambiance reminiscent of paradise

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: Irene Enriquez

Some may think that it's quite impossible to combine contemporary touches with tropical elements. One style is defined by sleek pieces and modern must-haves, while the other is known for the dominance of wood and its execeptional warmth. If you'd like to achieve a cohesive look while combining these two styles, you can take inspiration from this 63sqm, two-bedroom condo unit designed by interior designer Irene Enriquez.

Work with a neutral or all-white palette and use it as backdrop for your chosen furniture and accessories. Keep it contemporary with top-of-the-line appliances then inject accessories that would remind you of resorts. Let these ideas further inspire you:

1. Decorate the living area with wooden pendant lamps.

Keep an area dominated by cream and white from being too dull by illuminating the space using wooden pendant lamps. Maintain a streamlined look by sprucing up the center table with a potted plant and a chic candleholder.

Looking for pendant lamps? Visit Triboa Bay Living or Match Contract Furniture for options.

2. Choose a customized wooden panel for your entertainment area.

Instead of a chic wallpaper or an accent wall, consult with a professional and opt for a wooden backdrop instead. This helps create a balanced look—especially if you have a high-tech entertainment system. You can also place a woven stool in the corner to hold a stack of DVDs.

3. Define the living area with a rug.

To create a homey and inviting ambiance, you can anchor the living area with a cowhide rug or a shag rug in earth colors. For a similar piece, you can visit SM Home or check out Decoliving Manila for a wide array of items you can choose from.

4. Choose a dining set  with upholstered chairs and dark wood finish.

Even if you're space is dominated by neutrals and modern furnishings, you can still achieve a tropical feel by opting for a wooden dining set—similar to the one in the photo. Since the space is dominated by white furnishings, it stands out and grabs the attention of guests. Complete the vibe with potted plants as part of your centerpiece.

5. Work on the walls.

Aside from soft furnishings, wooden accessories, and potted greens, you can also throw in some island-inspired feel into the mix through your wall art. A painting depicting the beach or a print that showcases the sand and sea can break the monotony of a modern room. You may also take your cue from the bedroom above by working with a wall lamp that doubles as an art piece—it highlights rattan-like details that would look great against a white or gray wall.

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