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One of the most frequent questions we get asked on a daily basis is “can I use your tropical decor for indoors?”Â Although our popular bamboo products, pottery and thatch items are built to be able to handle the outdoor environment, their function is just as versatile indoors.Â Here are some tips on how to create that tropical flare to any room.
Color and Texture
In our past articles we’ve mentioned that one of the first things before decorating anything or anywhere, you want to establish a color scheme.Â Since your aim is a tropical look, you will want natural tones that exist in items such as bamboo, thatch or bamboo rugs and contrast them with bright and bold island colors such as red, yellow, pinks and blues.Â Keep in mind that this does not mean to use every bright color palette available, it’s best to select a couple and work in variations of each.Â Flowers, pottery, and fountains have a magical way of adding color without being overbearing.Â Items such as bamboo poles and slats can add texture by acting as moldings along your ceilings and floor.Â You can even turn your entire room into one big Tiki hut, by lining a runner roll of thatch along the wall ceilings.
Remember that since you are using neutral tones in your bamboo and thatch, that you want to use a contrasting paint color for your walls.Â Dark chocolate browns, blues and greens work wonderfully against neutral tones.
Accents and Details
Extending from Polynesian culture, Tiki statues have a magical way of adding island flavor and charm to any tropical design.Â Had crafted from authentic Coco Palm trees, each statue is made to represent and house different spirits to spread good luck, love, fortune and even protection.
Even though Tiki statues are durable and weather resistant their look can change as a result of the environment they are kept in.Â Here are some helpful recommendations to help keep your Tiki in top condition.
Just like any organic wood, elements such as rain, snow and sun will alter how the surface of how your Tiki looks.Â For areas with lots of rain, try placing your Tiki on top of a surface that does not house that much moisture, such as concrete or a stepping stone.Â You can also apply a water sealant such as “CWF”, that will help in preserving your Tiki’s color, and also give it a deeper finish.
Constant sunlight may cause your statue to fade or dry out.Â Mineral oils will not only help clean your Tiki but also prevent the surface from drying out and fading too much.
Because Tiki statues are hand carved, no two are alike.Â Each variation in the Tiki statue contributes to what makes it unique.Â If you wish to further accent certain details of your Tiki, you can use a propane torch to subtly flame the surface until you reach your desired darkening.Â Remember that your Tiki is made of a wood, so it can burn.Â If your Tiki does not have color, you can pick up a thick wood paint from any home improvement store.Â This is where your creativity is free to explore.