Atrend that’s starting to emerge this season is the transformation to modern tropical and coastal styles. As you can imagine, this is a very popular look with our clients here in Florida, and it’s exciting to see what direction it’s heading. We’ve seen a movement over the past several years away from the darker, more traditional tropical styles toward lighter colors and cleaner, more refined lines.
The saturated oranges and greens of the past have given way to neutral tones, with a small random pop of vibrant tropical color to add interest. Mediums have become much more varied and interesting, with organic materials leading the way. In the past, tropical consisted of dark woods with rattan or wicker. Today we’re seeing woods in lighter colors, with natural relaxed finishes; mixed with chrome, acrylic and bronzed metals. Interest is created by layering textures and mixing mediums.
A neutral palette and light woods are popular in rooms featuring textures from wicker furniture to a sleek and modern metallic frame of a fireplace in a poolside room. Bursts of turquoise are placed throughout the room to really accent features and bring excitement to the room.
As noted, organic materials are taking center stage in today’s design. Marge Carson’s Sonoma round end table is such an example. With its bronze frame, gold-leaf trim and abalone shell table top, it blends a variety of textures and colors while keeping its coastal vibe. Another perfect example of mixing natural materials and textures is in upholstering, such as Candice Olson’s Temptress King Bed that combines wood, bronze nailhead and neutral fabrics to create a layered look that fits seamlessly into today’s updated coastal looks. What makes modern tropical so sought after is its livability and uncompromised take on style. It does not sacrifice looks for functionality―it joins the two.
Robb & Stucky takes great pride in our beautiful showrooms that feature the latest in fashions for the home. Our customers tell us, in fact, that one of the biggest reasons why they love our stores is the inspiration they get from walking through the displays. Our buyers shop the High Point (Home Furnishings) Market specifically searching for fresh and exciting products that reflect the new and modern tropical style. Some of the items we loved were natural, live-edge dining tables with stainless steel bases. Consoles and cocktail tables crafted from reclaimed wood found in the jungles of northern Thailand are hugely popular. Beautiful wood grain and organic flowing lines make the perfect complement to a modern tropical or coastal décor.
Now into our 101st year, 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting one for Robb & Stucky, recently opening a showroom in Coral Gables and breaking ground in Boca Raton. We hope you’ll invite us to share in your interior design plans.