How to Convert a Bedroom Into a Tiki Room

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How to Convert a Bedroom Into a Tiki Room
How to decorate a Tiki-themed bedroom. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Turn your bedroom or any other room in your house into a Tiki-themed room by giving it a tropical island look with large plants, bright colours and anything that reminds you of islands and beaches. Use rattan furniture, for example, and decorate the walls with tropical wallpaper or murals. Display posters or stuffed toys representative of island fruits or animals around the room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Decorate your walls in Tiki style by applying tropical wallpaper or by putting up a mural of an island scene on one or more walls. Add masks and carvings as wall art to the room. Position bamboo poles or thatched palm panels around the room. Hang up grass skirts on the walls or cover areas of your walls with thick textured material such as burlap.

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    Choose furniture that represents an island, tropical get-a-away or beach. Use a surfboard for your headboard and display surfboards on the wall. Paint furniture pieces in bright tropical colours such as orange, blue and green. Use pieces of bamboo or wicker furniture. Affix bamboo reeds to the sides of a wooden bed or the sides of a desk. Hang a hammock in a corner of the room.

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    Make your bed a focal point and coordinate it with your Tiki theme by putting a tropical bedspread on your bed or a large flowered comforter. Make a bed skirt out of grass skirts to go all around the bottom of your bed. Use mosquito netting around a poster bed. If you are converting your bedroom into a Tiki style lounge room and don't want it to look like a bedroom anymore, use a futon in sitting position in the room or a daybed with colourful cushions.

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    Decorate windows and doors to reflect your beach paradise. Use a rafia door curtain for an unusual entrance. Put up bamboo blinds or shutters on your windows. Hang drapes made of burlap. Add seashells to your window ledge. Alternatively, choose colourful floral curtains or ones that reflect an island or beach scene such as large palm leaves.

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    Accessorise your Tiki room with stuffed parrots, leis, flamingos, coconuts, pineapples or an open beach umbrella. Decorate the room with travel posters and signs that say things like "This way to the beach." Put pictures up of fruits such as mangoes and bananas or tree ferns, exotic birds and animals. Personalise your room by displaying any photos of yourself on the beach or on a tropical vacation.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are really ambitious and your room is large enough, you could even construct a homemade Tiki bar or make modifications to a desk to look like a Tiki bar with thatched palm leaves or straw and by gluing bamboo reeds to the bar part.

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