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How to Transform Any Outdoor Space Into a Tropical Oasis

- Giles Smith 11 May 2017
How to Transform Any Outdoor Space Into a Tropical Oasis

There are few things more relaxing than having your very own retreat to escape to after a long, hard day – trust us, we know! A little space to unwind, curl up with a good book, gather some friends, or simply sit and decompress will do wonders for the soul.

Whether you have a tiny balcony, sprawling patio, or something that falls in between the two, we want to share some easy tips on how to transform any outdoor space into a tropical oasis.

As the trend of tropical décor continues to gain momentum with interiors across the globe, it has also started spilling over into outdoor areas as well. So no matter what type of area you’re working with, follow these suggestions to effortlessly create a welcoming refuge to share with your loved ones or simply to call your own!


Dress Up Your Deck

Tropical Outdoor Space

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a space feel more welcoming is by incorporating personal touches and thoughtful pieces. There are plenty of ways to do this, from working with any permanent structures already in place (like a decorative pergola, for example) to highlighting more subtle details, such as adding string lighting to dress up a drab balcony. By working with what you already have and adding fundamental details that speak to your personality, you will be able to successfully make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home – and not just a deck or balcony.


Comfortable and Cozy

Tropical Outdoor Space DUFMOD pillow

Once you have the overall design down and the essential pieces are in order, kick it up a notch by bringing some additional cozy touches to the space. An assortment of bold and colorful pillows is great place to start, and will immediately bring warmth and cozy vibes. You also want to make sure your furniture is not only aesthetically pleasing to your tastes, but also comfy for you and your guests. To accomplish a tropical atmosphere, we recommend exploring natural options, like teakwood and rattan. Carry that theme over by utilizing other quality-made finishing touches, like our bamboo coasters and handwoven placemats for a truly tropical feel.


Pretty Meets Privacy

Tropical Outdoor Space

Creating a sense of privacy will instantly help transform your space into somewhere that feels like a safe and secretive sanctuary. There are plenty of simple ways to do this depending on the actual space, but some of our favorites are installing lattice (bonus points if they’re vine covered); introducing an outdoor partition that can easily be set up or removed; or even draping some tropics-inspired, weatherproof fabric dividers to bring the theme to life while creating a sense of privacy.


Throw Some Shade

Tropical Outdoor Space Umbrella

You and your guests will also undoubtedly appreciate shady nooks and crannies, especially on those blistering hot summer afternoons. If you don’t happen to have flourishing trees to create a natural canopy, consider going the man-made route! Invest in a colorful patterned umbrella for a quick fix or even look into installing a retractable awning that can protect you from the elements, whether the forecast calls for rain or shine. These shady areas will help make a space that immediately feels more inviting for all who enter.


Embrace the Outdoors

Tropical Outdoor Space

One of our favorite ways to round out a truly tropical ambiance is by incorporating the outdoors into your space. Use plants to bring bursts of color and lots of life to any area for an effortless outdoor aesthetic. If you have the space, consider starting a garden with fresh herbs for a pretty yet practical addition. For cozier areas, accomplish the same effect by scattering plenty of potted plants, lush greens, assorted succulents, or even unique bouquets (in our opinion, the more the merrier)! It’s amazing how a little greenery can instantaneously put you in a state of relaxation and make you feel like you’re in a whole new world.


For more inspiration, be sure to follow us on Instagram (@dufmod) and check out our Outdoor Tropical Retreat board on Pinterest!