Paradise Interiors

When autumn is getting you down, it’s time to start imagining paradise: secluded islands surrounded by crystal clear blue waters; bright birds lazing in palm trees; perpetual sunshine…

Dreaming isn't enough for us, so we’ve turned to the tropical and exotic for our latest interiors inspiration. The Caribbean serves as a perfect starting point: a riot of colour paired with natural and relaxed materials creates the perfect balance. The palette consists of clear electric blues and bright mossy greens with flashes of fuchsia and red: colours found in the abundant foliage, the unusual flowers and the rare species of bird.

If you're not a fan of mixing too many colours then layer shades of green to create depth and soften the room. Your guide is the undergrowth and the many shades of foliage in a tropical utopia. Experiment with ombré paint effects for colour and interest to a room, or try a wallpaper where the idea has been realised for you.

Colour is the linchpin, so even for those on a limited budget, or with restricted decorative control, such as rental dwellers, it’s easy to bring it to life with accessories. Cushions, mirrors, vases, mirrors and, if space allows, a statement sideboard can transform a room. Prints, used sparingly, can add a sense of sophisticated fun: parrots and flowers are the key designs – naturally…

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