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Polynesian Design

Posted on: May 20, 2009

Polynesian design, also known as Polynesian pop, or tiki-style, has always been popular for back yard barbecues and beach parties.  All you needed was a thatched hut to serve mai tais, pina coladas, and rumrunners from, a bunch of tiki torches, and a few leis and grass skirts, and you had a party! If you knew someone who played the drums, you had it made.

As the economy dips and jobs get less secure, dreams of escaping to the splendor of the tropics become more of a fantasy than a possibility.  The only thing to do is to bring it to your home.  No, I do not mean tiki torches in the back yard.  I mean INTO your home!

Whether you want to share this with the whole family in the family room, or make a hideaway for just you and your spouse in your bedroom, here is how to go about it:

  • Paint the walls a rich sunset orange.
  • Add bamboo floor and crown moldings around the room.
  • Hang a Gauguin poster print, some Polynesian artifacts, a tiki mask, or  tropical photos on the walls.
  • Get a bamboo roll-down window shade.
  • If your ceilings are high enough , those ceiling fans that move more like bike peddles with fans attached to them.
  • Furniture of wicker, bamboo, or even rattan would be ok.
  • A tropical tiki bar if it is the family room you are doing.
  • Woven bamboo floor mats.

Some lush greenery, fake or real, scented tropical candles,  and a CD of tropical Hawaiian, or steel band music, and you will be transported!


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