Decor Ideas for a Tropical-Inspired Living Room

Must a home have a living room?

Two different verdicts have been reached in our home. I think we should have one, and just because we almost always sit outside in the terrace doesn’t mean that sometimes we won’t still need a more intimate sitting arrangement. Or one inside. A home needs a living room, says I.

Decor ideas for a tropical-inspired living room

My husband thinks the space would have been better used for a pool table. Instead, I went with a Tropical-Inspired living room, a few tasteful, inexpensive touches are actually all that’s needed.

Since our living room is the bastard room in our home, I chose not to spend much money on it (I mean, even less money than I usually do). That didn’t mean I’d let it be an eyesore.

Tropical-inspired living room decor

After a failed attempt to go all 1980s Miami Vice-tropical on our chairs, I saw the error of my ways and made slipcovers for the sofa and armchairs with white denim. Now it feels like they belong together. You must admit they look much better, don’t they?

So long, Golden Girls chairs.

Tropical island living room decor

The sofa is the cheapest one Ikea offers, and I also got there one very inexpensive rug. The coffee table is my design and was built by a local carpenter. It was stained and treated with marine varnish, so it was thoroughly weatherproofed. It came from the terrace after we turned an old dining table into a coffee table.

The cushions with the fern leaves are made out of very thick cotton fabric I had leftover (about a yard). I machine-embroidered the leaves on them.

The shells cushion also came from scrap linen, and I machine-embroidered eight, large seashells on it. It’s my favorite cushion.

This corner is bathed in light coming from the glass doors leading to the terrace, and from the large wall of windows at the top of the stairs.

Decor ideas for a tropical island living room

The table has a glass on top that came with another table that we turned into an ottoman. I am not a big fan of glass on tables (this one table was specially designed to withstand heavy abuse), but I have a hard time getting rid of it, so I  just put it on top of the table until I have a better idea.

On the coffee table I placed a few things I found around the house. The only item bought lately is the ceramic pot and orchid, which came from Casa Holanda.

Bright and tropical decor ideas

Behind the sofa, the fake wall is really a closet under the stairs. The white sheers on the glass doors were from eBay. They are of excellent quality, didn’t need any adjustment and I found them at an excellent price.

Who do you agree with, my husband or me? Choose your answer carefully. 😉

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  1. scotdog98 says:

    Wow, so glad I found you blog from Young House Love. It's amazing. I love, love, love those chairs.

  2. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, Abby and Maya.I may be alone on this, but I find white easier to keep clean. We only have white towels, mostly white linen and the white slipcovers are strong-enough and easy-to-remove-enough, to go on the washing machine whenever necessary.

  3. Little Treasures says:

    In my house the living room is the focal point, the heart of the home. However, yours is gorgeous! And white! White does not go well with my children too! I am in love with this. As if taken from a magazine. Can I please live in your room for a while? 🙂

  4. It looks really beautiful, Lana Mango. At least if you don't use it much, you won't have to worry about keeping it tidy! I love, love, love the slip cover, I wish I could have white ones. Alas, little boys and white do not mix. Not my little boys, anyway! You have done such a lovely job here. Superb!

  5. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, Cheryl and A*.Luckily my husband and kid can be trusted around white furniture. And I find it actually easier to maintain (bring out the heavy duty washing cycle!).

  6. Gorgeous! Your photos always look so amazing! There's no way I'd be able to have white anything in my house with the kids that I've got!

  7. Also, I was going to say – I love your cushions, the leaves are lovely, and the shells are really beautiful.

  8. Well we definitely *live* in our living room, so I'm biased ;)Our house is completely different though (English Victorian terraced). I really envy your light spacious living spaces, as much as I do love our house, yours is definitely The Home in Paradise!

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