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7 Decorating Ideas from a Modern Tropical Home in Makati

Find out how to create a relaxing resort-style feel in your own space

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Architect: Joel Munoz

Inspired by their favorite resorts and the towering mango tree on their 800sqm lot, homeowners Jake and Jennie Ligones chose a modern tropical style for their home. In order to create an airy, breezy, and relaxed appeal, the couple turned to architect Joel Munoz for his expert help.

If you would like to make your own space feel like a tranquil and peaceful sanctuary, here are our must-read tips.

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  • Take care of your garden

As soon as homeowners Jake and Jennie Ligones saw the tall mango tree on their 800sqm property, they knew that they had to build a modern tropical housea fresh new take on the classic tree house.

In order to create a similar resort-like feel, your home should also be surrounded by a beautiful garden. If you live in a small space, you can still tend to potted plants.

  • Bring the outdoors in

Speaking of potted plants, you should always find a few pieces for your home! Plants are important because they instantly breathe life into any personal space. Think about it: aren't hotels, resorts, and spas in exotic destinations always filled with impressive indoor plants? 

  • Choose an open layout

If you are still building or renovating your own home, you should think about having an open layout. You can keep the living, dining, kitchen, and other shared areas in a single open space. If you don't put up any walls, your place will look bigger and feel cooler, too.

If your home is already built, you can still mimic the look of an open layout by rearranging your old furniture pieces. 

  • Opt for a high ceiling

A property with a high ceiling can shield you better from the scorching heat of the sun. A high ceiling can even make the space appear larger than it actually is. 

If your ceiling is too low, you can make it seem higher by painting it white! You can also paint white-and-cream vertical stripes on your walls and choose sheer white curtains for your windows. 

Consider wide windows

Every modern tropical home should have big windows to let the sunlight in and to provide the homeowners with a view of the garden.

If your space has small windows, you can enhance them with sheer, light-colored curtains. You can also paint the walls white and place a full-length mirror across the main window.

Pick soothing earth colors

Fill your home with colors that remind you of the tropics! Choose materials, furniture, soft furnishings, and accessories in brown, green, and gray.

Stick to natural materials

When it comes to choosing pieces for your home, you should also opt for natural materials like wood, rattan, and cotton. 

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