When most of us think of tropical bedding we think of huge overblown floral patterns in warm colors. However, there are really two very different looks. One is the warm floral print with which most of us are familiar. The other consists of one or two colors on a white or ecru background.
It is true that most bedding advertised as tropical has bold leaves in shades of green with large hibiscus flowers or another tropical flower pattern. In most cases the idea is to remind us of the lush tropical jungle where flowers bloom in bright and bold colors. Palm trees flourish with brown and tan tree trunks and dark evergreen fronds.
There is a reason that designers and manufacturers have created such bold and lush patterns for our bedrooms. If one travels along the southernmost coast of the United States, along the Gulf of Mexico down to the tip of Florida, it is quite common to see stucco homes painted in bright yellows or peach tones. One should not be surprised to see a home that has a lavender or pink exterior. To balance the interior designs with the exterior colors designers created bedding in patterns that reflect the warm colors of the southern coast.
The other style of bedding used in the tropics is almost exactly opposite in color and pattern. Along the coasts of many southern islands, many of the island homes are white. In fact, it is not unusual to see row after row of white houses, many with red tile roofs. These homes have been white for decades. The interior reflects the exterior. The patterns are much finer, smaller, and less crowded with design, often in a singular color on white. It is not uncommon to see soft patterns on a cream background. The white houses and the lighter colors of the interior are perhaps a truer reflection of tropical living.
When bedding is advertised as tropical in pattern, one should probably expect the darker, warmer colors with heavier patterns. However, if the desire is to create a cooler bedroom decor for the hot summer months, one should look for bedding that reflects the style of the islands.