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.
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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 (0845 1662 7328).
2. Parrots print cotton cushion, 45cm square, £24.99, from (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;
4. Tropical Toucan cupboard knobs in moulded resin, £4.99 each (also available as frogs) from (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 (;
6. Tropical Crocodile dimmer light switch (turn the croc), £24.99 from
7. Parrot table lamp, £40, from Debenhams (
8. Leaf embroidered cushion, £17; Stripe velvet cushion, £17. Both from Isme (; 0844 811 8112).
9. Queens Parrots Paradise Mug, £5, from (0844 848 3300).
10. Gurney Pitta fabric scultpure £380 (12cm high) from

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