To channel the pura vida, keep your look relaxed and effortless.
If there’s one country on Earth that seems to have it all, that’s Costa Rica. Lush rainforests bustling with wildlife and tropical flowers, pristine beaches along both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines washed by turquoise water.
Spend a couple of hours in the company of the locals and you’ll understand why one of the most popular phrases in the Central American country is pura vida, or “pure life.” It is an expression with many uses that also best describes the relaxed lifestyle that lets nature takes center stage.
So if you are looking to add some tropical vibes to your home, look no further than Costa Rica for inspiration. With an abundance of natural materials and vibrant colors, the country’s distinct design aesthetic will create a permanent vacation-style ambience in your place. The most important thing to remember is to keep your furniture pieces and décor elements relaxed and effortless.
Bringing the feel of Costa Rica’s rich flora indoors means investing in a lot of lush plants and flowers. Opt for big-leafed perennials, palms, and of course, richly hued blossoms such as Heliconias, Orchids, Anthuriums, and Amaryllises. If the climate in your city is favorable, you can even try growing lemon or orange trees.
Another important element of Costa Rican décor is the use of natural materials. Think furniture pieces from reclaimed wood, bamboo fruit bowls, or hand-woven baskets to add storage. Braided jute area rugs, for example, are eco-friendly, durable, and come in a variety of beautiful patterns and colors. Some of the most common types of wood native to Costa Rica are cedar, cristobal, cypress, and teak.
Embracing color is also essential. Again, taking inspiration from nature is your best bet—watery blues, especially teal, greens that evoke Costa Rica’s rainforests, and pops of red, yellow, pink, and orange. Opt for pillows in vibrant hues, Boruca masks, bright throws and blankets, a hammock, or a hanging chair dyed in rich tropical-inspired shades.
Whether you decide to go for a full home makeover or just update a room or two, don’t forget that Costa Rica is all about celebrating nature, being at peace, and relaxing. Avoid overly busy and complicated furniture pieces and just go for whatever feels natural to you.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite home décor pieces inspired by the Central American country.