Visiting Hawaii is something that everyone should do at least once; it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I was lucky enough to go to Oahu and Maui twelve years ago and I swear I can still smell the ocean when I look at the pictures from the trip. That’s why people want to bring something of Hawaii back with them after they have been; there is something so special about these heavenly islands that inspires and invigorates, and by incorporating some of these features into your decor you can create your own little paradise at home.
Here are ten things to try that will bring some Aloha bliss to your space:
Planting a tropical tree or two in your yard can be the perfect way to remind yourself of how stunning Hawaii is. Which trees and plants can survive where you live will depend on the climate and how much care and attention you can give them, so you should do some research first. Looking online or visiting the library can help, but speaking to someone at a nursery or your local garden center may be the most direct route to making a wise choice. If you can’t find the tree you want locally, you should be able to order one online. Before you plant any trees check that they’re not going to obscure your windows (or those of your neighbors) when they grow!
Tropical indoor plants
If you haven’t got a yard or don’t live somewhere with a suitable growing climate, why not buy tropical indoor plants instead? Plants such as the zebra plant, red jade vine, or towering palms can all bring that island look to your home. If you are a keen gardener, then you can choose one that needs a little more care. Otherwise, you can find a tropical plant that simply needs watering from time to time.
Wind chimes are a lovely and easy way to bring a little bit of Hawaii into your home. Make sure they are made of bamboo and not metal otherwise they won’t be authentic. The sound of those bamboo stalks knocking against one another is calming and peaceful (more so than the metallic version, which is another good reason for choosing the organic wind chimes) and it will remind you of Hawaii because it looks right and it sounds right; you’ll have heard bamboo wind chimes tinkle as you opened doors to stores, restaurants, and hotels. Maybe you can even make some yourself.
If you want to get a little bit closer to the feel of Hawaiia, why not wear it? Hawaiian jewelry is beautiful, and if you can find authentic, handcrafted items, it’s even better. Titanium rings combined with Koa wood are particularly evocative, and if this is something that you think you’d like to try, you can view more here.
Get creative with sarongs
Did you wear a sarong (or Pareo as they are called in Hawaii) when you were on the beach? Even if you didn’t, it’s likely you will have seen others wearing them. These sarongs make beautiful throws for beds, and because they can be switched, swapped, and matched to other décor, they are among the most flexible and interesting items you can add to your home. You can remove them at night to make things more comfortable, and then in the morning you can put the sarong back on the bed, and you have instantly created a touch of Hawaii.
Plumerias are the trees that are perhaps the most prevalent in Hawaii. You can smell the delicious scent as soon as you step off the plane and it follows you everywhere; it’s what Hawaiian leis tend to be made from. Because plumerias probably won’t survive if you try to plant them where you live, the next best thing you can do is find a way to include their scent in your home. One easy way to do this is to buy plumeria scented soap. That way, every time you wash your hands or take a shower, you can be reminded of how wonderful Hawaii is. Alternatively, take a look online for plumeria scented candles or incense sticks. You may even be able to find air fresheners. Whatever you use, the evocative scent of Hawaii will always be around you.
Your doormat is another nice way to include a little Hawaii in your house. A Hawaiian doormat with a vibrant image of the islands or their plumerias, or the waves crashing against the shore can put you – and everyone who visits you – in the tropical mood. It’s a small feature, but it can make the entrance to your home a much happier spot which is great for lowering stress and anxiety levels, as is recommended in feng shui.
Take off your shoes
In Hawaii, it is customary to take off your shoes when you enter someone’s house. You can take up this practice yourself and install a handy shoe holder in your hallway exactly for that purpose. As a bonus (on top of living the Hawaiian way of life), your flooring will stay a lot cleaner too.
We all know how tranquil and relaxing traditional Hawaiian music is, and if you’re trying to recreate the Hawaiian effect then music is a must. Music will feed the soul of the home, so having the songs of the islands playing in the background can have wonderful benefits.
Yellow and green
Colors can greatly affect a person's mood, making them feel happy, sad, and everything in between. Paint a room in your home that you want to make happy, in bright yellow or green as they will give you energy and life your mood. And best of all, they will take you back to Hawaii every time you walk into the room.