Fully fathom a paradise land where sea breeze and sunlight never fade. Imagine your dream home in this land. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can transport this scenario to your own house with Caribbean-themed decor. The Caribbean may be far from where you are living, but that’s no excuse to not pay homage to the land of Touissant Louverture and Rihanna. Keep reading to find out how to embrace the traditional and contemporary aspects of Caribbean culture and history, and how to craft a tropical nest in your home with the following tropical island decor ideas.
A Touch of Jamaica
The “Land of Wood and Water” was inhabited by the Arawak and Taino peoples for over five thousand years before it came under Spanish rule following Columbus’s arrival on the island—and after a century and a half, British rule. Originally from South America, many of these indigenous groups have now gone extinct. Yet, their legacy survives in the arts and culture of Jamaica, where their influence led to a flourishing artisan practice. Jamaica attained independence in 1962 along with many other colonies of the British Empire. Nowadays, the island is home to a mix of influences ranging from Afro-Caribbean peoples to Chinese and Indian migrants, infused with subcultures such as Rastafari, dancehall, and Obeah.
Since the colonial era, Jamaica became known for its expertise in furniture, metal works, and woodworks. Other forms of traditional craft include pottery, needlework, crochet, and straw work. Some of these techniques are inheritances from the early Taino indigenous presence on the island, while others have been transmitted from British-led plantation slavery. The skills and techniques of uprooted African peoples sent into forced labor in the Caribbean islands soon became the cultural backbone of the nation.
To pay homage to the culture and legacy of Jamaica, you can utilize craftworks as tropical island decor ideas. Hand-woven baskets make for interesting dining and kitchen table centerpieces, plus you can use them for minimalist tropical home decor and functionality. Add a variety of fruits and vegetables for style and nutrition! Straw work will come in many forms, from dolls to purses and candle holders, and these intricate objects will add character to your living room.
Jamaican woodworks can be incorporated into any room through sculptures and short columns. To harmonize light and dark hues, you can prepare the space in bold, contrasting colors or use hardwood floors and wood furniture in complementary ways.
Diving into Cuba
Similar to Jamaica, Cuba had an early presence of indigenous populations, dating over five thousand years before the present day. Along with Taino nations, the island was also home to the Guanahatabey and Ciboney peoples. After the arrival of Columbus, these indigenous groups were forced to work for their colonizers under the encomienda system, with the Spanish Crown allocating land and feudal slaves to their emissaries.
After four centuries of colonial rule, Cuba came into a state of semi-independence by turning into a protectorate of the United States. A little over 50 years later, Cuba’s conflicted inner politics gave way to the Cuban Revolution, which instated the current Leninist-Marxist regime of Fidel Castro.
Nowadays, Cuba is home to descendants of European migrants, indigenous people, and the Yoruba from West Africa. A small part of the population shares Asian ancestry, with groups of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Japanese origin. Cuba is a nation renowned for its world-class arts and culture, with many folkloric expressions.
Cuban Tropical Island Decor Ideas to Try in Your Home
In the local markets of Old Havana, finely crafted ceramics, leather goods, traditional paintings, and contemporary paintings abound. Set out a scheme of juxtaposing colors—i.e. medium bright blue and a lively red, or burnt orange—to decorate your room and find which décor items you prefer. You can use ceramic vases to decorate your living room and kitchen pottery to give your minimalist home decor a bit of usability. Crocheted pieces such as table cloths can give any room an air of romance and tradition.
The Cuban atmosphere is also a perfect fit for outdoor spaces. Hammocks will always be the most prized item in outdoor tropical home décor, but there are many possibilities. The traditional casa Cubana may have hanging chairs, straw-woven seats, rocking chairs, and even a comfy layout of sofas, cushions, and pillows in its patio or outdoor area. To enhance the mood, include a few items of vintage Cuban tropical home décor, especially those that capture the nostalgic, mid-century allure of the island. Oh, and don’t forget to buy a set of dominoes, another bastion of Cuban culture and local life.
Keeping your Tropical Island Decor Items Clean
After going through the process of decking out your living space with all of these beautiful tropical island decor items, you’ll want to make sure they stay clean and in tip-top shape.
Here at Champion Supplies, we pride ourselves on stocking only the highest quality home cleaning supplies for our loyal customers. One of our bestselling products is the Champion Polishing Cloth. This unique cleaning cloth is perfect for polishing to a gleaming finish ANY hard-surfaced decor item you may have in your home. If any of your metal or wood-based Caribbean-themed decor items start to show signs of tarnishing or staining, simply rub the affected area with the Champion Polishing Cloth and buff to a shiny finish with a clean, dry cloth.
Beyond the decor items themselves, you’ll want to make sure that your overall home stays clean to truly make the decoration process worth it in the long run. Sometimes, the floors and walls of your home simply develop a light layer of dust every now and then, and for these situations, the Champion Old Fashioned Dust Mop is ideal. Simply run the dust mop over the area to be cleaned, step outside, and shake the dust off! This unique dust mop’s electrostatic strands render duster chemicals unnecessary, although we do offer a high-quality duster spray for those that desire extra dust-grabbing power.
For tougher stains on surfaces throughout your home, our Champion Ultra-Concentrated Degreaser is the perfect fit. One 32-ounce bottle makes an amazing 256 gallons of cleaner when mixed with water.
Thorough floor cleaning jobs can be easily tackled with our super absorbent Champion Yellow Wet Mop in combination with either our Champion Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or our Champion Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner. The Champion Yellow Wet Mop is ultra-lightweight and extremely easy to wring out by hand, and all of our proprietary floor cleaners are biodegradable and phosphate-free!
With your trusty cleaning products from Champion Supplies at hand, you can ensure that your entire home will stay looking its absolute best, along with all of the tropical island decor ideas you’ve adorned it with!