Live in a Tropical Paradise? Materials Matter.

If you live in a tropical paradise, materials matter. We want them to be aesthetically pleasing and able to withstand the climate (especially if you don’t have A/C). Here’s our two cents on some interior furniture and accessory materials that are the perfect umbrella to our tropical drink.

Rattan

While seagrass, bamboo and wicker are a popular aesthetic in interior (and even exterior) coastal furniture pieces, they can wear quickly (mold) in tropical, humid climates. Rattan is our top pick to withstand the elements while looking fabulous. Look for pieces constructed with strong poles and joints wrapped in leather, like these beauts from Williams Sonoma Home.

Southhampton Armchair from Williams Sonoma Home

Southhampton Armchair from Williams Sonoma Home

Monkeypod and Koa Wood

Both sourced locally here in Hawai’i (so we know they adapt to our varying temps and moisture levels) and seriously melt my warm, textural design heart. But let’s think broader than floating shelves, even though I love me some functional, live-edge everything. How about using these gorgeous woods as picture or mirror frames to add warmth and texture to those paneled white walls?

Monkeypod mirrors and tables by    Woodworking Hawaii

Monkeypod mirrors and tables by Woodworking Hawaii

How about splurging on a custom crib creation for your baby? And if you have a fur baby, a custom dog house? Have a small space but still want a pretty console? Hello custom Koa and Cuban Mahagony slender console table by Rust & Root Furniture.

Custom slender console table by Rust & Root Furniture

Custom slender console table by Rust & Root Furniture

Bathroom renovation? Go custom and modern with your vanity, like this one by Satoshi Yamauchi Furniture.

Custom Monkeypod vanity by Satoshi Yamauchi Furniture

Custom Monkeypod vanity by Satoshi Yamauchi Furniture

Did I Mention Rattan? This Includes Lighting!

I’ll say it again: lighting makes or breaks your design. If you can bring in texture, warmth and functionality with good lighting, you’ve scored major design points.

I’m obsessing over these beachy Roost Woven Pendants from Modish.

Roost Abaca Woven Pendents from Modish

Roost Abaca Woven Pendents from Modish

Of course, to satisfy my love of the color black, this woven pendant from World Market gives me all the feels.

Black woven pendant light from World Market

Black woven pendant light from World Market

To take the furniture durability game up a notch, there’s fabrics galore made to look and feel fabulous while being able to handle the elements of a tropical climate (as well as stains and spills). Stay tuned for more on that!

TELL ME! What are some other creative ways you have incorporated these or other tropically durable materials in your home?