Let's admit it, living in the Caribbean is a dream, so why not shout about it, celebrate it and fill every inch of your home in Caribbean-esque design & decor? Here's some gorgeous tropical designs I love that will inspire your gorgeous home by the sea.
1. Caribbean Colours and Finishing Touches
The turquoise of the sea is too beautiful not to be used as a backdrop in your own home. To get that real Caribbean feel, why not pair it with a bright yellow and contrast of pink. Choose sand-coloured accessories and accents to settle the colours and bring a beachy feel.
2. Hammocks & Wood Paneling
Designing a beach side abode? Go subtle with a rustic Caribbean theme, use neutral furnishings with rattan accents and untreated wood. Just don’t forget the hammock for all those lazy days when you're living the dream in paradise.
3. Stylish Wicker
Get that weathered old orange floral chair with straying wicker strands on the armrests out of your head now! Wicker is making a serious comeback. Now think, oversized drum shaped chandeliers above an untreated wooden table, or a beautifully crafted wicker love seat coupled with chunky patterned pillows and lush greenery. This is now a Caribbean home must have!
4. Beachy-boho Furnishings
Bohemian-chic is a trend I am completely in love with. By mixing white-washed walls, low level seating and rugged untreated wood tables the bohemian look starts to take off. Why not add two dozen various potted leafy plants and layer multiple rugs to finish it off.
5. Pastel Accent Walls
Who doesn’t love pastel? Geometric shapes are easy to do yourself, so mix a soft pink, a gorgeous green and wallpaper to create an accent wall like no other. Finish off the room with touches of gold, grey and white.
6. The Beach House
Blue is the ultimate go-to colour for every house near the sea. Go subtle with loads of white and just a few accent pillows, pictures and an oversized area rug in the deep blue shades we see so much in the nautical themed homes. It’s a beach house winner.
7. Outdoor Bathrooms
There is nothing quite like the feeling of a good shower. Why not better it with an outdoor shower area with a sea view! Use rustic wood, an old steel tub, multi-textured woods and that all important opaque shower curtain.
8. Calling all Palm Fans
For a truly tropical themed home, use earthy tones for accents and furniture pieces, then splash out on the leafy palms! Introduce striking palm tree wallpaper for a bold tropical theme, or go subtle by placing a few palm leaves in a simple glass vase as an accent piece.
9. Anything Nautical
Rope, anchors, red, white & blue is a great way to highlight Cayman's seafaring history in home. Ahoy sailor, you're well on your way to a Caribbean-themed home, so get Instagramming.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Whiteside is an interior designer at Liberty Designs whose love for sophisticated and stylish design has brought her all the way from Hertfordshire in the UK to the beautiful Cayman Islands.
With an impressive string of experience and education, graduating from design school with first class honours, Kelly's unique design talents have allowed her the opportunity to work with big brands such as Lacoste, Joules and Clarins.
You could say she's following in her mother's footsteps, who was a master at her own craft, or you could say she's finding her own path and influencing the interior design landscape in the Cayman Islands and the region.