City Lifestyle

Want to start a publication?

Learn More
Featured Image

Featured Article

How to Create a Tropical Patio Space


Article by Heather Markway

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Are you planning a stay-cation in the safety of your own home this summer? Transform your very own patio into a resort oasis using these inspirational ideas and elements. You'll be living in a tropical getaway before you know it!

Tropical Colors

Use cool color tones to create the calm retreat vibe you're aiming for. 

  • Incorporate aqua blue to represent the ocean water.
  • Utilize shades of green that appear in tropical foliage.
  • Use crisp white as a neutral for a sleek, upscale resort vibe.
  • Bring in warm tones to contrast against the coolness with teak or natural woods.

Tropical Textures + Textiles

Utilize different textures and prints throughout furniture and accessories to add depth and interest to your outdoor living space.

  • Select wicker and rattan furniture-whether a chaise lounge, love seat or dining set seating.
  • Layer in printed textiles, such as pillows or sun umbrellas to accent to classic white furniture cushions. Stripes combined with tropical foliage patterns are a stunning visual combination.
  • Liven things up with natural texture from tropical plants to fill corners and bring cohesiveness to the design. Opt for plants with interesting foliage like banana tree, palms, or monstera. A sleek white pot allows the dramatic foliage to stand out.

Tropical Extras + Accessories

If you really want to add to the cool ambiance of your tropical retreat, consider adding these elements to push your themed patio space over the top. From big to small, make your patio as big of a splash as you like.

  • Cabana shade structure
  • Patio bar
  • White pots or wicker urns
  • Tiki torches
  • String lights

Add a cocktail with an umbrella and you're set to relax resort style! Happy stay-cationing!