A brightly colored living room
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Eye Candy

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.

A sea scene
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Expert Advice

“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

Tropical pillows
Celia Pearson

Taste of the Tropics

Popular in America since the 1940s, bark cloth fabric is distinguished by tropical motifs and colors.

A sunny tropical bedroom
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Sunny Sleep

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.

A bright striped door
Jean Allsopp

Bold Stripes

Make strong colors stand out by introducing them in small doses. Painting accents in one or two bold hues is an old island trick.

Bright exterior
J. Savage Gibson

Traffic Signal

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.

A tropical bedroom
Celia Pearson

Warm Woods

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

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