How to be a hothouse flower: your guide to the tropical trend

Tropical trend by H&M

Image c/o H&M

The tropical trend is huge right now.  Look carefully and you’ll see it everywhere – on cushions, prints and even trousers!

Worried it’s all a bit naff? Think again. The time around the tropical trend is very grown up. It’s all leafy palms, rich greens, hot house flowers and luxurious gold accessories.

More of a wallflower than a hot house flower? Here’s my easy guide to all things tropical. 

The great thing about new trends is that you don’t have to completely immerse yourself in them (unless you want to). You might not want your living room to look like a rainforest, but how about giving it a subtle update with bright botanical prints? Choose a few inexpensive, key pieces and you can instantly update the feel of your home.

Let’s begin in the living room. Textiles, especially cushions, are a great place to start. H&M Home have a fabulous range of tropical cushion covers at the moment. I don’t think you need to look anywhere else! To keep things feeling relaxed, mix your bright cushions with neutral throws and simple jute rugs and baskets.

Tropical cushion covers

Clockwise, from top left: Tropical leaf, £8.99 / Banana print, £8.99 / Monkey, £8.99 / Green leaf, £3.99 – all by H&M

Once you’ve got a few cushions, add a touch of (affordable) luxury with gold accessories and even a cheeky parrot or two. One new piece on its own will look a bit lost. Choose a few objects to create a fresh story within your room.

Tropical accessories

Ceramic parrot jar, £29.99, Rockett St George / Wine rack, £45, Oliver Bonas / Pineapple candle in a jar, £4.99, H&M / Photo holders, £7.50, Oliver Bonas

The next step is houseplants – preferably several! Try creating a little jungle in one corner of the room using beautiful palms in pots and baskets. Or, if you want something faux, there’s a great selection of everlasting plants out there. But remember, something real will always make your room look and feel better. Real plants actually filter the air, and most don’t need too much care beyond the occasional water – promise! I never need much of an excuse to add another to my collection.

Faux plant, £7.99, New Look / Large gold planter, £17.99, H&M / Large silver planter, £17.99, H&M / Faux pineapple leaf plant, £5.99, New Look

The bedroom is also a wonderful place to embrace the tropical trend. Try bright bed linen, which is an inexpensive way to transport your room (temporarily) to the tropics. Again, keep things grounded with natural baskets and rugs.

Tropical Bedroom

Duvet cover, £19.99, H&M / Sea grass Basket, £19, Oliver Bonas / Candle holder, £12.99, H&M / Jute rug, £34.99, H&M

What do you think of the tropical trend? Love it loathe it? 



  1. May 8, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I really like this trend. As a whole it doesn’t lend itself to the current decor in our house but I’ve added a few pineapple pieces and am planning some big plants for the bathroom.

    • marmaladepie
      May 15, 2017 / 10:53 am

      You can’t be without a pineapple this summer !

  2. May 10, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I LOVE the tropical trend – anything to add that summer holiday feeling to my home! There are some great picks here! Philippa x #HomeEtc

    • marmaladepie
      May 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Thanks Philippa!

  3. May 12, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I LOVE this trend!!!! Not so much the pineapples and bright loud tropical trend for my home but definitely the hothouse palm/banana leaf prints and patterns — gorgeous! x #HomeEtc

    • marmaladepie
      May 17, 2017 / 8:56 am

      The monkey cushion is my fave!

  4. May 14, 2017 / 8:22 am

    I actually didn’t think I would like this trend but I really do and agree with what you say about it being more luxurious now X #HomeEtc

  5. May 15, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I love the jute basket and rugs, anything with a natural fibre is a winner in my book xx

    • marmaladepie
      May 17, 2017 / 8:53 am

      I don’t think it’s ever possible to own too many baskets, is it?!

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