Tropical Design

  • By Jennifer
  • 26 Jul, 2017

Capture A Breezy, Ocean Feel Wherever You Live

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

Here are Hastings ideas for capturing the ocean’s subtle beauty no matter where you live: 

Don’t do this: Don’t paint the walls bright, beachy colors, frame cheap prints of beach themes, put tropical images on the upholstery or put tropical all over the place.
Tropical Stars

Don’t be afraid of shells: They may seem trite, but you can do so much more with beach shells than put them in a glass vase. Choose your favorites and use them in sophisticated ways. Group several together on a shelf. Add mirrors and decorative boxes.

Think color: Don’t think you have to go with light colors. “Darker colors add warmth,” Hastings says. “And darker prints work well with plants.” For cold climates, go for deeper greens, blues, corals, reds, and golds.

Use neutrals sparingly: Sand is a neutral shade, and neutrals can work well in moderation. But don’t go overboard on beige. Don’t be afraid of color.

Think fabric: Don’t think you have to go light with fabric choices. “Heavy fabric is better for drapery,” Hastings says. “The texture is much better than flimsy cotton.”

Mix it up: You can mix furnishings and accessories with a beachy vibe with more contemporary pieces. For example, teak furniture can mix well with contemporary pieces.

Capture the beach in artwork: Look for pieces with substance, such as antique prints of shells or works by impressionistic artists.

Try tropical in the sunroom: For breezy style, this is a great room to bring beach accents into. Try tropical plants in ceramic planters and hefty pottery. Wicker or rattan can work great as an accent, but don’t get a whole set.

Bring the beach into your bedroom: Drape a gauzy fabric on a four-poster bed. Choose bamboo flooring as a versatile background for a sisal rug.

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Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.

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While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.

If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
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