Design trends: tropical homeware

Tropical is a popular trend this spring and there's plenty of jungle-themed homeware items in the shops, from exotic cushions and kitchenware to wallpaper decorated with birds and insects.
Tropical is topical. Sultry, steaming jungles are in, with jewelled birds, exotic animals, glittering insects — and not a care for geographical or biological accuracy. The colours to use are emerald, lime, orange, turquoise and coral for an effect that's bright, fun, fabulous — and an instant lift for the gloom of a beige room.

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1. Louise Cunningham's Exotic Birds print with ash box frame and white mount, 55cm by 42cm, £63.29 from easyart.com (0845 1662 7328).
2. Parrots print cotton cushion, 45cm square, £24.99, from cargohomeshop.com (0844 848 3300).
3. Tropical Zingy Palm print pouf, 65cm by 65cm by 30cm deep, £275, digitally printed on cotton canvas; cushions, also in Topical Zingy Palm print, £75 each, from Suzanne Goodwin (077 6628 3695; suzannegoodwin.com).
4. Tropical Toucan cupboard knobs in moulded resin, £4.99 each (also available as frogs) from candyqueendesigns.co.uk (0779 144 3010).
5. Manuel Canovas plain fabrics (in fans), top left, Nura, turquoise; middle left, Nura, aqua; middle right, Nura, menthe, and bottom right, Nura, lagon, all 140cm wide and £35 a metre. Background is Serendip, nuit, 134cm wide and £80 a metre, all 100 per cent cotton available from Colefax and Fowler (colefax.com; manuelcanovas.com).
6. Tropical Crocodile dimmer light switch (turn the croc), £24.99 from candyqueendesigns.co.uk.
7. Parrot table lamp, £40, from Debenhams (debenhams.com).
8. Leaf embroidered cushion, £17; Stripe velvet cushion, £17. Both from Isme (isme.com; 0844 811 8112).
9. Queens Parrots Paradise Mug, £5, from cargohomeshop.com (0844 848 3300).
10. Gurney Pitta fabric scultpure £380 (12cm high) from abigail-brown.co.uk.

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