Ask a Designer: How To Bring Tropical Style And Nature-Inspired Details Into Your Bedroom
- Incorporate furniture in organic shapesIncorporate furniture in organic shapes
- Embrace a garden-inspired paletteEmbrace a garden-inspired palette
- Include decor pieces with botanical patternsInclude decor pieces with botanical patterns
- Choose furnishings made with natural materialsChoose furnishings made with natural materials
- Opt for ambient lighting for a cosy glowOpt for ambient lighting for a cosy glow
Elevate your bedroom with greenery and a nature-influenced palette, even if you don't have a green thumb. Jeremy Tay, co-founder of Prestige Global Designs, shows you how to craft a relaxing, tropical-themed sanctuary
Getting a good night’s rest is essential to our health and wellbeing. Besides calming your busy mind before bedtime, creating an environment that is conducive to sleep is among the first steps to preparing for slumber. We ask interior designer Jeremy Tay to share tips on how you can craft a soothing ambience, while creating a beautiful space that you’ll look forward to returning home to.
Incorporate furniture in organic shapes
Tay highlights the Giorgetti Ira four-poster bed by Chi Wing Lo from Space Furniture. “The Giorgetti Ira bed conjures a sense of calm and will let one enjoy a restful sleep,” says Tay.
The interior designer also recommends pieces such as the B&B Italia Eda-Mame sofa by Piero Lissoni from Space Furniture, which has a sculptural form that resembles the soya bean pods commonly consumed as a Japanese bar snack.
In addition, furniture in organic shapes is among his top picks. “To draw inspiration from nature, look to pieces such as the Edra Cicladi coffee table by Jacopo Foggini, which has a rock-like top,” he says. “Its gold base helps to give a modern touch to the nature-inspired theme.”
Embrace a garden-inspired palette
“Soothing colours in the bedroom are important for a restful night,” says Tay. “White or light shades, coupled with neutral tones should be the predominant colours, while shades of green can create visual interest.”
He recommends using wallpaper in an understated tone, such as the Moooi Blushing Sloth wallcovering from Space Furniture, as well as cushions and accent furniture in verdant tones in your bedroom. “If you have house plants in your room, limit the use of green on your accessories,” says Tay.
Include decor pieces with botanical patterns
The Passifolia vase from Hermès
The Moooi Garden of Eden rug by Edward van Vliet
Consider other accent pieces such as a rug or vase with botanical motifs to strengthen the tropical theme. “The Moooi Garden of Eden rug by Edward van Vliet will complement the curved forms of the furniture and anchor all the items,” says Tay.
“The Passifolia vase from Hermès can also hold a beautiful floral arrangement. If the space allows for an artwork, a nature-inspired painting will brighten the room and strengthen the theme.”
Choose furnishings made with natural materials
The use of natural materials such as rattan, stone and wood can contribute to the soothing look of your bedroom. “Rattan is one of the popular materials to use to achieve a tropical theme,” says Tay. “Nature-derived materials and furnishings in woven textures can come together beautifully to create a restful look that is also modern and luxurious.”
If you have a study area in your bedroom, Tay recommends a woven-cane storage unit such as the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna NYNY Drawers by Storagemilano, or the woven-fabric B&B Italia Tramae ottomans by Unpizzo as playful accent pieces.
Opt for ambient lighting for a cosy glow
Look for multi-functional lamps to minimise clutter in your room; these can also incorporate green elements. For instance, the Bocci 38V table lamp from Space Furniture features interior cavities that can be filled with plants.“A lamp from Bocci with room for an air plant can subtly reinforce the nature-inspired theme without the need to overcrowd the room with potted plants,” says Tay.