Color with confidence. Throw the rules out the window and use colors you love where you’ll see them most often. In this living room, shades of purple on the ceiling, trim, and furniture unify the space.
“Choosing colors for the home depends on where you live. Take a nod from nature -- if there’s a tree outside the window, pay
attention to its color, and don’t be afraid to use it in your home. If you live near a rain forest, use rich forest colors,
such as banana-leaf greens and torched red gingers.”
–– Marion Philpotts, interior designer
Popular in America since the 1940s, bark cloth fabric is distinguished by tropical motifs and colors.
Use bright colors on walls and darker hues on furniture. (For a visual lift, paint the ceiling a light shade.) Unify the look with accessories in similar hues, but exercise restraint -- bright colors don’t need much embellishment.
Make strong colors stand out by introducing them in small doses. Painting accents in one or two bold hues is an old island trick.
Stop traffic! Select two analogous colors for your home’s exterior, and a complementary hue to accent doors and shutters. You’ll bring the palette of the islands home and make sure delivery trucks never pass you by.
Tame a tropical palette by pairing it with warm woods. Just as white gives colors room to breathe, natural woods absorb their vibrancy. The result is vivid but not overbearing.
From Coastal Living