Who hasn’t daydreamed of leaving their office job for a tropical vacation getaway?
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t fantasized about enjoying a scenic coastal view while they chipped away at their work to-do list.
While not many of us have the luxury of a job that will let us telecommute from whatever location we choose, we are all currently stuck at home. Although your home office may be far from being the tropical paradise you might have been dreaming of, there are a few simple ways you can recreate that beachy summer vibe in your space.
Creating a tropical home office is as easy as ever with our newest launch of products.
Keep reading if you’re interested in creating your very own tropical oasis at home!
Decide on your materials
Whether you favor the look of rattan, raffia, natural wood, or stained wood, it’s probably best to decide what decor and furniture materials you want as the main elements of your office room design.
It’s very easy to be tempted to use all these materials and get carried away with tropical home decor. To keep clutter and clashing elements at bay, choose one or two materials for your larger decor items.
It’s okay to add other materials into your modern office decor, but it’s essential to choose how you do this wisely. We recommend sticking to your primary materials and only deviating with the items you use to accent your decor, i.e., centerpieces, focal objects, desk decor, wall decor, etc..
Wallpaper and paint can make a world of difference
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your home office room design completely.
Just changing up your walls with a fresh coat of paint or some peel-and-stick wallpaper can make a world of difference.
To drive the tropical office look home, we recommend going for paints with a warm green or brown undertone or wallpaper with tropical motifs. With so many colors and wallpaper options on the market in 2020, we’re positive you’ll find something that catches your eye in no time.
Set the scene with tropical foliage
Instantly create a carefree, tropical vibe with the help of a few botanicals.
Whether you choose to keep real plants or not, green foliage is a hallmark of any tropical getaway.
While most tropical plants are easy to care for, you might not always have the time nor desire to do so.
If that sounds like you, we recommend opting for fake plants and plant-themed decor elements like these oversized Monstera Leaf wall sculptures.
Not only do these large wall hangings emulate the look of this iconic tropical plant, but they also make for a great accent wall decor piece in any setting. If you’re looking for ways to style these in your office, we recommend hanging them alongside inspiring quotes, old vacation photos, and maybe even a couple of hanging plants.
Create the illusion of more space
Many of you will have heard that mirrors are a great way to make a room feel more spacious.
We stand by that advice, especially when it comes to our own home offices.
One tip that’s made all the difference in our home offices has been using mirrors in strategic ways to create the illusion of more space. Mirrors do this by reflecting your area and tricking the eye into thinking there’s more room than there is.
This is a nifty little trick we haven’t been able to stop using since we learned about it, and we swear by its effectiveness! We’ve made even the smallest spaces look and feel like veritable banquet halls with this trick!
To open up your space, we generally recommend using a larger mirror. This stunning grey lattice-style mirror perfectly matches the tropical vibe we’re going for with this home office decor makeover.
Don’t be afraid of metallic accents
When you think of tropical decor, you might not consider metallic elements in your vision.
Not including metallic decor accents in your home office design is a huge mistake that can mean the difference between a chic, modern workspace, and something that looks dated and uninspired.
The sheer size and scope of gold, silver, bronze, or brass home decor items mean that you have tons of options when it comes to accessorizing a space with metallic accents.
You can easily find and incorporate metallic desk accessories, wall decor, furniture, storage, and so much more to suit your specific decor needs and style. We used this tropical wall-mounted rack with embossed metal details for this space, but we also recommend going for thrifted or vintage pieces for this particular category!
Add some mood lighting
Many people forget that lighting is just as effective a tool in interior design as texture, color, scale, and placement are.
Don’t make the same mistake: add a good variety of light sources to create a cozy and welcoming environment. Not only will this encourage you to spend more time in your office space, but it’ll help ease the strain that overhead lights can sometimes have on your eyes.
We opted for this unique acrylic box LED sign to add some visual interest and an added hit of intense tropical green color. This neon LED sign has the added benefit of pushing you to do your best, thanks to its encouraging message.
Keep your floors scuff-free and add some style
We continuously remind our readers of the impact a good rug or mat can make in a room, but we understand it can be challenging to incorporate into certain rooms’ decor.
For example, you can’t exactly put a rug or carpet in the middle of your kitchen. Or, rather, you probably don’t want to.
We’ve all had to use those clear plastic floor and carpet savers before. You know the ones: the hard plastic mats with teeth on the opposite end to keep them from slipping out from under you, that always manage to leave an impression on the floor, no matter how much they promise not to?
Ditch the boring old mats—those lack personality! Opt for something a little more fun, but just as effective at keeping your floors looking brand new!
Our new line of decorative vinyl floor mats protects your floors while looking great in any space! Use these mats to add a bit of personality to your rooms and help keep your floors protected from marks, spills, and stains.
Keep things organized with helpful office staples
Perhaps the most critical step in any office redesign is ensuring that you’ve got plenty of space to do your work.
While desk decor can typically be very utilitarian, there’s genuinely no reason for it to be boring! That’s why we’ve made it our goal with our new line of home office decor to create pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
Our line of desk organizers come in various colors, styles, and sizes to suit your needs. We chose a few organizers for this office to help sort papers, pens and pencils, electronics, and other assorted items. If, however, you don’t need some of these organizers, or even the space for them, we recommend tailoring and choosing organizers to suit your unique needs.
Redesigning your home office is an easy and fun project that can take your office from drab to fab in no time. Since many of us are spending a lot of time at home, we highly recommend giving your everyday workspace a quick refresh to help keep your mind engaged and keep you from getting too stir crazy.
We hope our tips this week inspired you to turn your home office into the tropical getaway of your dreams or, at the very least, to switch up the vibe in your space.
We’ll be back soon to share some more top decor tips, new launches, and exclusive product sneak peeks, so don’t forget to check back often!