Back in June I was asked to create a roomset for the Ideal Home Show ‘Ideal Roomsets’ feature. The design brief given was a pretty free one, pick a season of the year and go for it with that theme, as a designer this was a great brief as it gives lots of freedom to add personality and our own ‘on brand’ touches to the space. After playing around with a couple of ideas and being tempted to go all out with a Christmas morning scene (which probably wouldn’t have gone down great at a summer show) I decided on a tropical summer dining room scheme with rustic touches and gold accessories.

Written by Natalie Lockwood – Little Mill House



The design was inspired by tropical summer travels, where greenery frames almost every view. This was the starting point of the design, the bold banana leaf print wallpaper paired with the dark green walls recreate that feeling of being surrounded by rainforest. As this was a summer design the flooring choice had to work hard to stop the dark walls feeling too cosy, cork felt like the perfect match. Cork is a light, natural material (perfect for this tropical design) and by using it in this white finish it really lifts the vibe of the room into a bright, summery space. The flooring choice had to look right with the reclaimed wood dining table & bench as this was another vital part of creating the tropical vibe of the space, I think by going for the lighter finish of cork flooring than on the original moodboard (thanks Walls & Floors for suggesting it) the table and flooring work great together.




As this was a dining room design (and all dining rooms need a little luxe right?) the only option for accessories in my opinion was gold! It adds that little bit of glam for evenings and works SO well with the green and reclaimed wood. On trend gold pineapples were styled on every surface in the room contrasted with leaf print tableware. To create added depth to the botanical wallpaper I added lots of layers of plants and cacti prints, I love how these gold straw baskets look effortlessly stylish on the white cork floor.




To add playful touches to a quite ‘grown up’ space I added the neon cactus and a couple of unexpected yellow touches, the yellow hello sign on the gallery wall worked great to welcome visitors to the room set. Adding a bar cart & fun glassware to the dining area gave the room a little Club Tropicana feel, surely essential to a tropical summer dining room?


Ideal home show tropical room


Overall I was so happy with how the room came together to create the exact vibe I’d envisaged in the moodboard, the design looked great and included lots of great eco credentials, which is as important as the look of the space in any design by Little Mill House. A huge thank you to Walls & Floors for supplying the flooring for the design.


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