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Welcome to Paradise: 5 Island-Inspired Décor Ideas

Who doesn’t dream of getting away from it all with a tropical escape? Luckily, with a little décor help, you can create the feeling of being at a chic beachfront resort without leaving home. Check out these five island-inspired ideas to create your own coastal haven—sunscreen optional.

1) True Blues

Bring the color of the Caribbean into your abode by adding splashes of aqua to an already light, bright room. Incorporating this serene blue hue—in drape panels and beach-themed artwork—sets the tone for a relaxing space and can easily be incorporated into any room. Complete the look with similar-colored pillows and add an area rug to anchor the space and bring in some softness. 

True Blues


2) Inside Out

With our idyllic California climate, we’re fortunate to be able to create inviting outdoor spaces. Design this area just like you would a family room and your outdoor oasis will be a comfortable space to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine. Bring the color palette of your home’s interior outdoors and incorporate texture and style with pillows and an area rug. For comfort on a hot day, install a ceiling fan. If a festive evening ambiance is more your style, enhance the space with a chandelier, bamboo pendant, or café lights. 


3) Tiki Time

Palm leaf wallpaper instantly transforms a room into a dreamy vacation space. This easily applied, peel-and-stick variety from RoomMates Décor can be used in a dining room, office, or wherever you have smooth walls. A bedroom headboard wall is also an ideal place for the adventurous accent. The best part? Because the wallpaper is temporary, it’s as easy to remove as it is to install and can be taken down and repositioned to fit your changing décor needs. 

Tiki Time


4) Natural Beauty

Natural window coverings, such as woven wood or bamboo shades, add a classic yet comfortable detail to any area of your home. Plus, they’re as practical as they are lovely and filter out much of the sun’s UV rays, protecting fabrics and furnishings. With the addition of a blackout lining, woven coverings are a terrific solution to creating a dark bedroom. Their light, airy appearance bring a beachy, laid-back vibe to your space.

Natural Beauty


5) Go Green

For a playful, resort aesthetic, display myriad tropical plants (we recommend fiddle leaf fig or palm trees) in an island-inspired pot or basket. With proper care, they’ll live for many years and help to clean the air. By bringing the outdoors in with greenery, a space can easily be transformed into your very own oasis. Note: For brown thumbs or busy bees who simply don’t have the time to give a plant TLC, artificial plants are always an option.



1. Sinnerlig Bamboo Pendant Lamp, $69.99 at

WHY WE LOVE IT: Casts a warm, welcoming glow, easy to install, creates a beautiful pattern on the ceiling and walls 


2. 45” x 30” Artificial Palm Plant, $79.99 at

Lightweight, no maintenance, looks real


3. Paper-Mâché Bird Wall Art, $29.99 at

WHY WE LOVE IT: Brings a bold, bright look to your space, perfect for a bedroom or reading nook, sweet but not too cutesy

4. Yala Wall Mirror by Justina Blakeney, $198 at

WHY WE LOVE IT: Doubles as artwork, handmade of rattan so each mirror is unique, can be hung vertically or horizontally


5. Symbology Ivory Rug by Justina Blakeney, $229+ at

Hand-tufted of 100-percent wool, eclectic elements but still contemporary, super soft  


6. RoomMates Tropical Hibiscus Flower Peel and Stick Wall Decals, $13.99 at

WHY WE LOVE IT: Quick installation, printed in the U.S., can be reused and repositioned on any smooth surface without losing stickiness or leaving behind residue

Kerrie L. Kelly, FASID, is an award-winning interior designer, author, product developer, and multimedia consultant helping brands reach the interior design community. To contact her, visit or call 916-919-3023.