Jungalow Design Tips – How To Make A Jungalow Inspired Space

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Jungalow, a word created by combining jungle and bungalow, describes a decorating style that has recently gained in popularity. The jungalow style focuses on comfort and coziness with a bold expression of color. Plants are a big part of the jungalow design. This makes creating indoor jungalows the ideal project for gardeners wishing to add expressions of their hobby to their home decorating style.

What is a Jungalow?

The term “jungalow” was conceived by Justina Blakeney, an award-winning author, designer, artist, and mother. Her jungalow blog offers inspirational ideas and wares for creating that special home interior look. Jungalow design includes bright colors and bold botanical prints, layered textiles, worldly accent pieces as well as unique, thrifty finds and lots of plants. Lots and lots of plants!

The key to creating the jungalow style is by incorporating aspects of your own personality and travels. Accent these with wood grains, baskets, and woven furniture to create natural textures. Offset these quieter hues with vivacious colors and patterns of fabrics, rugs, and wallpapers. Add plants with striking foliage for that jungle atmosphere and you're well on your way to becoming an indoor jungalow expert.

How to Make a Jungalow

Creating the jungalow style in your own home is guided by the four simple aspects of this design: color, patterns, global finds, and plants. The following tips can help you get started:

  • Use white as the base color. White acts as a sponge to soak up tension and make indoor space more relaxing. White painted walls, furniture, or bedding becomes the blank canvas on which decorating can commence.
  • Boldly layer bright colors and floral patterns. From wallpaper to accent pillows, choose vivid patterns and dynamic color palettes. Incorporate nature into the jungalow design by fearlessly using home décor items printed with large leaves, multiple flowers, or repeating patterns. The jungalow design concept freely uses wall art and hangings.
  • Choose plants that make a statement. Try a bowl of cacti and succulents for a dining room table centerpiece. Hang herbs from the pots and pans rack in the kitchen. Use a row of tall plants, such as bird of paradise, as a room divider. Try your hand at making a homemade macramé plant holder draped with trailing philodendron.
  • Incorporate global finds, unique pieces, or thrift shop discoveries. Accent pieces that reflect nature fit seamlessly with indoor jungalows. Try a brass animal planter, clay pottery, or multicultural art pieces.
Laura Miller

Laura Miller has been gardening all her life. Holding a degree in Biology, Nutrition, and Agriculture, Laura's area of expertise is vegetables, herbs, and all things edible. She lives in Ohio.