How to decorate a home cuban-style

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How to decorate a home cuban-style
The vintage and tropical sights of Cuba inspire its interiors. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Before the revolution, Cuba was the pinnacle of tropical luxury resort living. If you have ever visited Cuba or at least seen pictures, you might be drawn to the warm, casual and tropical nature of their landscapes. With both a knack for using natural, earthy elements and a touch of vintage midcentury-modern flair, Cuban home design can be a source of inspiration for decorating your own living space.

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    Take colour inspiration from Cuban landscapes. Cuba is a tropical place, full of palm trees, sandy beaches and sparkling ocean. Choose paint colours, furniture and accessories that draw on the tropical colour palette of blues, coral, orange, sunny yellow and lush shades of green. Anchor these bright tropical colours with cooling shades of white, cream and grey.

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    Furnish the space with vintage or reproduction pieces from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Look for pieces that feature chrome, vinyl upholstery and midcentury-modern inspired touches. One of bes-known facts about Cuba is that vintage cars still fill the streets. To draw on this retro flair, you can choose furniture that might have filled homes in Cuba before the revolution of 1959.

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    Accessorise with linens, bedding, window treatments and flooring made of natural, lightweight and breathable materials. Light-coloured fabrics are typically seen as tropical, so you may choose drapes and floor coverings in shades of white, cream, straw or cool shades of blue and grey.

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    Incorporate natural elements into the home's design. A recurring feature in Cuban architecture is the use of terra cotta. From room tiles to vases and flooring, terra cotta clay can be seen in many homes. It's a durable material that can add to the tropical, airy feel of the Cuban climate.

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    Allow natural light to shine through as much as possible. Cuba is a bright, beach-filled paradise, where the sun shines most of the year. Try to create a similar warmth and vibrancy with lighting fixtures and exposed windows in the home's decor.

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