How can I decorate a living room in palm tree decor?
Mary from IL
I'd suggest brown and green toned furniture, accessories and incorporating some woven lattice work (small folding room divider, or a picture frame) to give a tropical air.
See what you can find in rugs and throw pillows with palms. But, I'd like to point out that you'll need a contrast or it will be too green, too bland. Look for some tropical touches like loud fake flowers and anything that makes you think tropical. How about some dark turquoise green touches to remind you of the warm seas?
When we were in FL, noticed the new trend is to paint the new condos in screaming loud tangerine, orange melon,... with a couple of nicely placed palms out front and shredded med. brown bark on the ground. This gave it a tropical feel. See if you can get plastic palm plants to put behind the sofa. Maybe paint one wall a tropical color. Use accessories to pull it all together. If there aren't many accessories available for perusal where you live, try finding the ones you like and then match the paint to them.
If you get real dried palm fronds, they will last a long time, but will also disintegrate eventually and turn an ugly shade of gray brown.
Use bamboo for curtain rods or cane, use raffia as tie backs for curtains, Look for any bamboo, wicker, or other things like that remind you of the beach.
Check out the good old Everything's A Dollar stores and you can find tumbled sea glass, rocks, vases, palm looking leaves, ect, especially now with the seasons changing, might get two for a dollar or 4 for a buck!!! add the sea glass or rocks to the vase and insert flowers.
I bought a basket, spanish moss, got a old dead piece of wood and drilled holes in it and made what looked to me as a "tropical tree, for about $10.00, including the floral foam. Just cut the stems offf of the larger leaved bush type greenery they sell, I think I got about 4 or 5 of them, basket was a dollar, used hot glue to glue rocks from outside into bottom of basket to weight it down, then filled with newspaper, and glued the foam, 3 spuared in package for a buck, to newspaper and surrounded it with rocks to stablize the free branch. cut greenery with wire cutters, and hot glued into drilled holes, put tiny amount of spanish moss around holes to hide glue, used an old butter knife, glue is hot!! To finish it off i used spanish moss over the rocks and news paper. Stand back and look every now and then and you can tell where to add leaves to make it look fuller. If you could find some old silk palm fawns and use thoses, you would be ahead of the game for sure on cost!
Sea shells in a bag are in most of these stores and have quiet a few large ones if you will watch, put these in a glass bowl.
Take ginger jar or other larger table lamp bases and get a ball of rope or larger twine and start gluing around it.
Check with local restuarants in your area and ask if you can have the large cans their veggies come in. Take two and cut out the bottoms of these and leave one with bottom intact. Glue the open ended ones together and add to one with the bottom, spray paint with your favorite beach color and glue shells around this and you have an umbrella stand for the price of shells or use the twine, or paint a beach scean on the cans!
Cheek out the thrift shops for old full skirts, even mens shirts and make pillows out of these, some have beautiful prints that remind you of the beach, water and the calmer side of life we all dream of having, at he beach or in the mountains. I don't know about you, but light painted furniture, such as cream, white, pale blue, or sea foam green, just says beach, layed back life! Make sure you add some texture to your room or it will look bland.
If you have a recycling center in your area that takes paint you may can get it for free!
I have been told that a pineapple, plastic, plaster, ect, is supposed to bring you luck and happiness in your home and the same for a rooster, but don't believe that, gave my best friend a rooster for a house warming gift and two years later, she was divorced!! lol
Also check out the large posters for art work,or in back to the good old Everything's a $1.00 store, they have prints 8 x 10, 16 x 20's that you can frame or can just leave the outer layer of cello and hang them up on a strong straight pin they are so light
Good luck, hope I have got your budget, creative juices flowing.
Martha in TN
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