8 Design Lessons to Steal from Tulum, Mexico
While most climates forgo the plein-air structure of the beach cabana, any local is free to embrace the idea of welcoming nature indoors. Get the look with palm fronds or an oversized photography print (in lieu of a view). Select unique, tropical fragrances to transport you to the lush, Yucatán coast.
Wood and White
Clean and relaxed, Tulum’s color palette feels almost like living inside a coconut. The crisp, coastal vibe is flush with bright whites, soulful rosewood, and rich mixed woods. We love the high contrast and raw modernity of adobe walls, thatched roofs, and plantation blinds.
The inimitable Coqui Coqui boutique hotel perfectly encapsulates Tulum’s blend of minimal Mexican modernism and Old World bohemia. Victorian antiques and crystal chandeliers are peppered in among spirited, Yucatán classics. The look is found, eclectic, and free.
Accessorize with organic textures and subtle, earthy hues. Ceramics and sterling silver pieces featuring hand-wrought detail feel effortlessly elegant.
Décor arranged in a simple, symmetrical manner, keeps the style fresh and carefree, unfettered by overly fussy accents. Quiet, dramatic flourishes add a hint of sophistication and romance to the otherwise pared-down, chic style.
Get inspired by the island vibe, from its color palette to its décor. Think pineapple accents, lime green to papaya orange hues, and the smooth to highly textured juxtaposition of a shell.
Architectural elements in the raw, from poured concrete fireplaces to broken concrete walls to exposed beams and wrought iron hardware, feel relaxed and inviting. Playful textures and tile work techniques create a sexy tension of high and low design elements.
50 Shades of Blue
Blonde on blonde is a running motif. White sand beaches and adobe walls enable the ocean to act as the predominant color force. Quietly restrained neutral interiors highlight the idyllic ocean view.