Subtle tones of Polynesian bring the islands to the desert with a crisp twist.
“When I shop midcentury I see so many tiki items and think, ‘How great, but how can people practically use them in a home?’ especially the large art or furniture pieces,” Mandy says. Wanting to create a new take on the look, Mandy sketched out her vision of pairing some of these pieces with cleaner lines and got to work.
Despite having added new windows to the back of the house, the sun still casts a subdued glow inside—a perfect setting for the earthy tones of tiki décor. With this slightly darker interior in mind, Mandy knew she needed to be careful with her design choices to avoid further darkening the space.
To bring her vision to life, Mandy turned to Brutalist furniture. By introducing a few pieces to each room, the bold furnishings with their dramatic wood crafted designs act as large-scale artwork. Accents do their fair share in conveying the theme, too. An orange Witco piece on the living room wall features a Polynesian ship, a tiki mask hangs on the kitchen wall, a Drexel Heritage surfboard coffee table anchors the living room, and faux grasscloth wallpaper covers nearly half the walls. Tikiinspired duvet covers, rattan furniture, vintage lighting and warm wood tones help tie it all together.