How to turn up the heat and go tropical at home

Pick A Leafy Pattern Art Illustration With Palm Tree Doodle mural, �301, Pixers. . Picture : Pixers

Pick A Leafy Pattern Art Illustration With Palm Tree Doodle mural, �301, Pixers. . Picture : Pixers/PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

Birds, wildlife and foliage all star in the latest decor must-haves. Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to style them up.

Wing It With Tropical Birds Pink Palms Cushion, currently reduced from �95 to �57, Penelope Hope.

Wing It With Tropical Birds Pink Palms Cushion, currently reduced from �95 to �57, Penelope Hope. Picture: Penelope Hope/PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

Hot weather may make you yearn to escape to a tropical paradise but if that’s beyond the budget, you can easily create your own exotic sanctuary.

Combine vibrant shades and bold palm prints with a sprinkling of tropical touches - it’s one of the easiest ways turn up the style dial in your interior, and add a little sizzle to your space.

So, put away your passport and pick one of these sun-kissed looks...

Wing it with tropical birds

Walk On The Wild Side With Animal Prints Avenida Home Tropical Tiger Tray, �32, Eclect Design. Pic

Walk On The Wild Side With Animal Prints Avenida Home Tropical Tiger Tray, �32, Eclect Design. Picture: Eclect Design/PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA


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“Exotic birds - parrots, flamingos and toucans - are winging their way into our homes, as they’re the perfect way to introduce the colour we’re craving, to give rooms a punchy personality,” says Nadia McCowan Hill, style advisor for online interiors specialist, Wayfair. “Why not flirt with this feathered trend with bold bed linen, cushions, wall art or some eye-catching glassware?

“Alternatively, give an unloved space (such as your downstairs loo or the inside of a cupboard) a quirky makeover, with a striking splash of flamingo or parrot-decorated wallpaper, “ she suggests.

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Walk on the wild side with animal prints

“Opting for safari-themed homeware is another sure-fire way to make your interiors grrrr-eat!” says McCowan Hill.

Walk On The Wild Side With Animal Prints Tiger Wallpaper, Wallpaper Mural, from �30 per square metr

Walk On The Wild Side With Animal Prints Tiger Wallpaper, Wallpaper Mural, from �30 per square metre, Wallsauce. Picture : Wallsauce/PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

“As well as walking on the wild side with animal images and faux heads, add some bold contrast with bold zebra stripes for a pouffe or chair, and dress a floor with fur print rugs.”

Pick a leafy pattern

“Lush leafy patterns are another easy way to bring this hot summer look home, because palms are evocative of far-away destinations,” notes McCowan Hill.

“For a fresh take on this summer favourite, choose a classic print with a tropical twist, and accessorise around it. That way, you can ramp up the effect to suit your taste. Metallic touches will add a hint of luxury, which will contrast well with a pared-back setting.”

If you really want to create a sultry atmosphere, wall specialists Pixers has a fab Art Illustration With Palm Tree Doodle mural, £301 (though prices start from £29), which would have real impact on a feature wall in a living area.

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