Totally tropical taste: 7 reasons to love jungle print and splashy aloha style

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  • All this sunshine has us in tropical mood. Viva vibrant jungle prints, botanical motifs and fruity bold colours. Time to unleash your wild side

    1. It lifts a bedroom
    A burst of sunny, vibrant colours and exotic fruit prints is a refreshing look to wake up to. Try using a fabric such as this Jamaica cotton from Manuel Canovas on a headboard or pillowcase. Note, with a print this busy, it’s best to keep the furniture lines and background simple – we’re looking to create a relaxing vibe, not a total riot of colour and shapes.

    2. It works in monochrome
    Don’t want your scheme to be too loud? You don’t have to go bright for the jungle trend. Black and white palm tree prints, as seen here on this Croisette wallpaper by Christian Lacroix at Designers Guild, are just as eye-catching and still evoke that exotic feel. A rattan chair under the tree is the perfect spot to unwind with a G&T. Island life without the jet lag…

    3. It’s good for marking out a chill-out zone
    Who says hammocks are just for outside? Re-create that relaxed holiday feeling with an indoor green haven, using colourful printed cushions and walls that evoke azure skies and crystal blue waters (we used The Lido and Reading Room Claypaints by Earthborn here). Bare wood boards and lush foliage help complete the mood.

    4. It makes a fabulous feature wall or window dressing
    This Lux silk by Zinc Textile makes an edgy window display, while the Fern wallpaper by Little Greene doubles the impact. A chunky rope tie plays with scale and brings the exotic, coastal theme together.

    5. It’s the perfect partner for the rattan trend
    Channel the classic palm-court vibe with light botanical prints and a rattan sofa – this model is from M&S and is upholstered in Manila cotton by Sanderson; with cushions covered in Palma fabric by Michael Szell for Christopher Farr Cloth. A neutral rug such as Harlequin design by Jonathan Adler for the Rug Company anchors the scene. For a dramatic midnight-garden look, see M&S’s foliage-print fabric on a dark background.

    6. It’s a stylish finishing touchA trim in a juicy shade brings that bit of extra finesse to a décor. Add it to cushions, curtains and bedspreads. This Printemps Brush in Citrus from Samuel & Sons links in well with the colourful headboard.

    7. It revitalises a bathroom
    There’s nothing like a zesty colour to give a space a bit of zing. If bright hues and print are normally outside of your comfort zone, you could experiment with the trend in the downstairs loo – small transient spaces are ideal for daring choices. A hint of bamboo never goes amiss, either.

    Like these ideas? See here for more inspiration on the tropical theme.

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