Liven things up with accessories, wall hangings or paint color in lively but not too aggressive tones.
Decorating for the seasons is a great way to 'change it up' around your home. It could be as simple as rearranging furniture, swapping artwork around and changing some accessories.
On the whole, the decorating process for tropical climes is no different because it’s done with the same goal in mind: to refresh interior spaces; except that in a two-season region, your decorating considerations are focused on the wet and dry periods. Successfully navigating this sometimes tricky décor path can hinge on the little things so remember them as you go along.
Decorating for summer
In the tropics, the main challenge is keeping cool in high temperatures that can switch between dry and muggy from day to day. The mantra for decorating for the hot summer season should be “keep it light".
Use accessories made with natural materials like sisal or grass mats, bamboo trays, blond wood bowls, and small potted plants.
Banish the heaviness. Pack away your thick beddings, curtains, throw pillow covers, et cetera and get their counterparts in lighter fabric. Think cottons and linens.
Choose bright hues. Liven things up with accessories, wall hangings or paint color in lively but not too aggressive tones. If you do go for bold splashes of color, keep them to that: splashes. Too much will make an area feel closed-in. Also, spots of soft, vibrant color conjures a cooling effect.
Bring in nature. Use accessories made with natural materials like sisal or grass mats, bamboo trays, blond wood bowls, and small potted plants.
Decorating for the rainy season
The wet season brings in its own mix of good and bad. While temperatures may cool down somewhat, it’s more often raincoat instead of sweater weather. For your home environment, this means gloom and damp. Make your home the comforting sanctuary it is and decorate with coziness in mind.
Forget dark, dank, and dismal. Create a cozy atmosphere and liven the mood with vivid splashes of color like vibrant reds and deep jewel tones plus light-reflecting, shiny finishes. Add warm colors in rich shades of yellow, orange, and brown in various spots around your home using blankets, cushions, slip covers, and table runners along with gleaming metallic accessories.
Items made of thick, downy materials convey comfort and pampering. Having them spread around your house is like having access to instant cuddles.
Keep the rain out. The rain can get inside your home even if your roof has no leaks. Don’t let the wet weather get past your front door, spring for a nice and stable umbrella stand in a strategic location; use non-slip, water and mildew resistant entry mats. If you have the space for it, designate a mudroom for your wet outdoor gear.
Serve up the warm fuzzies. Items made of thick, downy materials convey comfort and pampering. Having them spread around your house is like having access to instant cuddles.