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Tropical Living Room Summer Tour

Create a tropical living room so you always feel like you are on vacation.

It’s easy to add some tropical home decor and create a beautiful tropical oasis at home.

Tropical living room tour. See how we created a tropical oasis in our living room on a budget. Housefulofhandmade.com

Summer can be such a fun time to decorate. I like to think of summer decor as a vacation. No rules apply!

So this year I went “on vacation” with our decor and added lots of tropical accents. Now we have a tropical living room and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Shopping your home for accessories is an easy way to redecorate a room on a budget. See how we did that to make a tropical living room for summer. Housefulofhandmade.com

I’m so excited to be participating in the Summer Room by Room series hosted by My Life from Home again! Each Thursday for the next 6 weeks we are going to share a room in our home, all decorated for summer.

Check out my summer living room tour below and at the bottom, make sure to visit the rest of the beautiful summer living room tours too.

Room by Room Summer home tours. Housefulofhandmade.com

How to Create a Tropical Living Room on a Budget

Whenever I decorate (or redecorate) a space I start by shopping my home. It really helps to keep things on budget.

Look for accessories and trinkets that will work in the space.

Beautiful tropical pillows and decorative shutters are the perfect way to transform this room in to a tropical living room for summer. See the entire tour at Housefulofhandmade.com.

For our tropical living room, I looked for things with bold colors and a tropical vibe.

And the first thing I found was this coral orchid scuplture we bought on our first trip to Hawaii. It was the perfect jumping off point for our tropical decor.

Beautiful orchid art is the starting point for our summer tropical living room. Housefulofhandmade.com

Next, it was time to add some printables! Printables are another wonderful budget decor tip. I wanted something big and bold and tropical.

And since I had just made a print for the June digital backgrounds that was exactly that, I turned it into some Free Printable Tropical Leaf Prints.

Then I printed a couple of them and added them to some 20 minute rustic picture frames I made a couple years ago. It was starting to look like a tropical living room.

Tropical saying on the letter board and free printable tropical art are the perfect way to decorate from summer on a budget. See the entire tropical living room tour at Housefulofhandmade.com.

Above our sofa, I already had the old window on the wall. It didn’t really look very tropical. But I didn’t want to remove it (it’s a pain to store). Instead, I decided to dress it up.

What’s more tropical than some decorative cedar shutters?

Decorative shutters turn a farmhouse window into a tropical centerpiece for our tropical living room summer tour. Housefulofhandmade.com

I love the shutters that you see on all the beach front homes. They make things look so tropical, like a storm could come off the water any minute.

So I decided to recreate this look by adding some decorative shutters to either side of our living room window.

The decorative shutters were made with cedar tongue and groove boards and some 1×2 scraps from my shop. They cost me nothing to build (how’s that for budget?) and freed up some space.

This tropical living room was decorated for summer on a budget. Get all the tips for how to create a tropical oasis in your home at Housefulofhandmade.com.

After hanging the tropical shutter though, the window still didn’t look tropical. It was better for sure, but something was missing!

So I printed off a picture from our recent trip to Hawaii and taped it to the back of the window. Now it looks like I am looking out over the surf while drinking my coffee in the morning. Perfect!

I love this idea for creating a tropical living room. Print a photo from a vacation and place behind an old window. Hang with decorative shutters. Housefulofhandmade.com

Another really easy way to add tropical living room decor was with some tropical pillows. Whenever I want to change out pillows in a space, I try to find pillow covers (or make them!).

Pillow covers are usually half the price or more of buying pillows, and when you are ready for a change, you can hang on to the pillow insert and just store the tiny covers for later.

A tropical toucan pillow in front of our farmhouse console decorated for summer turns this room into a tropical living room. See the summer home tour at Housefulofhandmade.com.

I started with a 4 pack of tropical pillow covers. They were perfect for adding lots of tropical colors.

But then while shopping at Target and Home Goods, I came across the parrot and pineapple pillows. They were such a good deal, I couldn’t pass them up.

Pillows are an easy way to change out the decor in any room. We love these tropical pillows for our tropical living room. Get the complete summer living room tour at Housefulofhandmade.com.

One thing a tropical living room really needs is lots of tropical plants. Thankfully I was already covered there!

I bought the Day Lily last October and cannot believe I have managed to keep it alive for almost a year! Then this spring I added the snake plant which seems to be even harder to kill. Bonus!

And a few succulents in a pot make this tropical garden low maintenance but beautiful.

Create a tropical living room with these tips. Great ideas for decorating on a budget for the season. Housefulofhandmade.com

I just love how our tropical living room turned out!

It’s the perfect space to relax at the end of a summer day. Here are a few more pictures of our incredible space.

See how easy it was to create a tropical living room on a budget with these easy summer decor ideas from Housefulofhandmade.com.
Tropical living room mantel decor. Palm printables, letterboard and accessories create a fun space for summer. Housefulofhandmade.com
Simple summer touches added to this living room turned it into a tropical living room. Now it feels like everyday is a vacation. Housefulofhandmade.com
Add tropical pillows to all the furniture to create a tropical living room for summer. Housefulofhandmade.com
Want to turn your living room into a tropical oasis? See how easy it is to do on a budget! Housefulofhandmade.com
Tropical prints and vacation souvenirs are the perfect way to create a tropical living room for summer. Housefulofhandmade.com

And then don’t forget to check out the rest of the summer living room tours!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati


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r

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Not a daylily, it's a peace lily.

Kati

Monday 22nd of June 2020

My bad.

Jane

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Your living room looks so beautiful. All the colors are so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kati

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Thanks Jane!

Emma Tyler

Thursday 16th of August 2018

It looks like a tropical paradise not a living room! You did amazing job and you home looks lovely.

Kati

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Thank you Emma!

Amy @ mylifefromhome

Monday 16th of July 2018

This is so fun!! What a great makeover. I love the addition of the shutters as well. Can’t believe you made those! Thanks for hopping along!

Kati

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Thanks so much for the fun tour series Amy!

BonBon

Thursday 12th of July 2018

Oh, I love the tropical feel in your room. Those shutters are so cute next to the frame for a window look. LOVE! Great job.

Kati

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Thanks BonBon! The shutters turned out so fun. Perfect place to enjoy a tropical drink and pretend I'm on vacation!

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