Burst into the jungle theme - the home interiors trend of the moment

STIFFENED by morning frosts and beaten into bitter submission by another ‘soft day’, it’s little wonder that the tropical look (this year dubbed Rio), has grabbed the market with such joyous abandon.

Burst into the jungle theme - the home interiors trend of the moment

The whirl of parrot wings, super scale palm leaves, sumptuous cocktail colours, ’70s hippy chic inclusions in bamboo and weaves — it’s simply irresistible.

Tweaked up with sophisticated touches, this joyous fantasy really can samba and will cast heady sunshine all over the house.

Dialling the colour to slightly less hysterical tones and applying a carnival theme in measured quantities, even the truly terrified can dance to this beat without all that excessive heat.

Taming flamboyant colour

The standard palette for tropical touches at home would be the lime green of infant rubber tree leaves, flashes of acid lemon yellow, and (perhaps more alarmingly) hibiscus pink.

However, beyond the obvious you can tame all that exuberance to an adult five-star holiday with clever spatial rationing and colour choices.

Go beyond midday brash to sunrise and sunset where colours and textures have greater depth and interest.

To go dark — luxurious sapphire fathoms of the Caribbean taken to walls, and offset with a feature wall in one of the many Central and South American inspired wallpapers, can rock the bird of paradise style without kitsch.

What- tropical without parrots or palms? Here KAS Australia in their 2016 collection brings colonial and mid-century together with rattan
What- tropical without parrots or palms? Here KAS Australia in their 2016 collection brings colonial and mid-century together with rattan

Add polished gold accessories for a decadent finish.

If you love all-white, pared-back interiors, your stage is set for exuberant, seasonal set dressing. Have some fun, layering up your surfaces and furnishings with textiles and accessorise to quantifying your commitment.

The paler steel-blue expanses of a sky close to the equator, cinnamon orange, and pink, rubbed back to the powdery clam of calamine lotion can all come out to play.

Dulux have a clever combination using any of their dusty pinks as a background neutral, and zesty Super Split orange as an accent colour in their inspiration pages at dulux.ie. Ideal.

Save the searing, naughty brights for prints with white ground and for cushions and throws.

Go wild with animal magic

For full on beach-happy explosions of colour, Abigail Ahern’s witty accessories in punk shaded brushed velvets are ideal, and available in animal lamps, exotic shelvingm and decorative beasties. Debehams.ie.

Speaking of badly behaved beasts, for wallpaper, the exploded natural science of design duo Timorous Beasties, will take your tropical expiation a whole step up beyond the tiki bar.

Their fascinating rhythmically designed habitats are available to order online. I’m downright over excited by their sumptuous Kaleido Splatt — these papers are beautiful beyond belief. www.Timorousbeasties.com

The slightly more chalky Warhol pop art, reverse colour treatments of modern tropicals can take textiles and hypnotic jungle themes into the most formal spaces with ease.

Penneys is about to release its always affordable range of wall art for those spring summer walls, including these tropical fantasies in an eye-catching triptych, Penneys nationwide.
Penneys is about to release its always affordable range of wall art for those spring summer walls, including these tropical fantasies in an eye-catching triptych, Penneys nationwide.

Take a look at Mardi Gras, Martinique Tropical and Paradise, Montserrat Tropical and Macaw from Prestigious fabrics and wallpapers, which feature flowers fruits, birds, and butterflies.

All are available in fabric from €38 per metre and curtains from €283, from local stockists or wallpaperdirect.com online.

Digital print offers gorgeous potential in animal, botanics, and abstract fun this spring.

Take even one fabulous snarling tiger face, whirly gig cockatoo, or jewelled pineapple motif and set your signature piece against soft solid colours in a bold greens, turquoise blues, and piña colada yellow.

I love the melting soft vegan-suede finishes and riveting animal faces at new artist collective wraptious.com.

Printed weaves, rag rugs in suitably upbeat colours, a few broad leaf glossy houseplants — you can hear that room roar.

In bedding try the new Linea ranges by House of Fraser and Tropical Orchid at Debenhams (from €61.50 per duvet set).

Return to the colonies

Life in the tropics for wilting westerners, with its wrap around porches and search for shelter from the midday assault, lends itself to the indoor/outdoor material, including woven grasses, rattan and metal.

This year, more than ever, those pieces you can drag out on a good day, and haul into the kitchen diner or conservatory when you fancy, are more popular than ever.

Keep an eye on what the garden centre has to offer in versatile pieces this spring.

Starting with rattan, rockers, occasional tables and (my favourite), paperclip stools by Mia Fleur (€122.45) have thrown off their ’80s embarrassment and are back in natural and painted finishes.

The Bundle Hanging Chair by Idyll Home says it all (around €700) and can take a tree or interior beam for support.

Get the Rio look indoors with Oliver Bonas. Set of 4 Geo Spoons, Heart and Tropical spoons €24; set of 4 Tropical Bar Stirrers €22.75; Cocktail Jigger & Spoon set €29.10.
Get the Rio look indoors with Oliver Bonas. Set of 4 Geo Spoons, Heart and Tropical spoons €24; set of 4 Tropical Bar Stirrers €22.75; Cocktail Jigger & Spoon set €29.10.

Rattan chargers that pop under a plate by Diborn, are six for €64, both from Not on the Highstreet ( www.notonthehighstreet.com ).

Carolyn Donnelly’s woven baskets for Dunnes in stripes of jungle colours are a steal from €5-€45.

For a budget furnishing entry, Staken chairs at IKEA in slender rattan weave and bamboo are just €26 for a very posh club soda.

For a full on tropical daydream, IKEA’s new Tillfalle range has just hit the shelves. A psychedelic, tropical Scandinavian confection throbbing with zebra stripes and late mid-century groove, you’ll either love or flee from.

The Easy Chair in the range in canvas and beech is a sure-fire modern classic. €120.

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