How to Decorate Your Home Like a Tulum Beach House

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Photo: Moses Berkson

The eclectic design and décor of Tulum has long lured visitors as much as its Yucatecan cuisine and calming yoga classes overlooking azure waters. The rustic town is the antithesis of nearby Cancun's all-inclusive resorts and jam-packed beach strips, and its decorative style makes it the ultimate bohemian getaway.

In the past decade, stylish ex-pats have retreated from bustling metro areas like Brooklyn and L.A. to the laid-back Yucatan haven, but not without bringing a little modern style to the jungle. The town's look combines effortless minimalism with a focus on the natural surroundings of jungle and sea.

Hotels are built along the beach, their large open spaces filled with furniture made from driftwood and light fixtures in the shape of bird nests. Cow hide rugs and colorful Sayulita chairs amplify the tie between nature and interior design. On the jungle side, restaurants opt for open-air spaces with vintage chandeliers hung from trees and tiny tea candles dotted throughout the grounds to make Tulum its own enchanted forest.

Stores are adorned with larger-than-life handmade dream catchers that sway in the breeze and that sweet smell of traditional copal incense, a Mayan herb used for healing purposes, permeates throughout the town, giving Tulum its very own signature scent. In this bohemian refuge, the outside and inside become one.

If you want to bring a little of the beach lifestyle and look into your humble abode, it's all about neutral hues with pops of color. The Yucatan Peninsula is abundant in natural resources and many opt for using local artisans and designers to create furniture and décor. Hotels and restaurants along Tulum's beach road use handmade light fixtures created from vejuco roots and some roofs are built from dried palmetto or guano palms. There are also iconic design elements like those found at the famous Coqui Coqui Residence and Spa in nearby Coba, where organic textures and old Victorian antiques coexist.

Whether you decide to channel the traditional rustic furniture and muted tones or juxtapose organic materials with contemporary artwork and modern furniture­—a la Casa Malca—Tulum's aesthetic is always about embracing the beauty of nature. Here's a list to get you started on that dreamy beach bungalow.

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Handmade Cotton Mayan Hammock

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Novica

To buy: novica.com, $120

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Neutral Henequen Cushion with Leather Accents

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Courtesy of Novica
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Zapotec Handwoven Rug

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Novica

To buy: novica.com, $490

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Leather Butterfly Chair

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Wilder California Solo Saguaro Art Print

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Maryam Macrame Banner

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Locust Salaya Ikat Woven Pillow

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Arya Kilim Woven Pillow

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Industrial Wall Mirror

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Acapulco Rocker

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Courtesy of Aha
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Oasis Round Hoop Sheer Bed Canopy

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, $28

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Hanging Rattan Chair

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Serena and Lily

To buy: serenaandlily.com, $498

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Zagora Tasseled Dresser

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Courtesy of Anthropologie
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Soft-Washed Linen Duvet

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Courtesy of Anthropologie
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Rustic Living Rug

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Anthropologie

To buy: anthropologie.com, from $198

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Fronds Wall Art

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Courtesy of Anthropologie
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Copal Incense Sticks

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Courtesy of CB2
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Maya Wood Outdoor Chair

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Courtesy of CB2
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Faux Fan Palm

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Courtesy of CB2
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Brentwood Light Pendant

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of West Elm
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Serape Blanket

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of The Little Market

To buy: thelittlemarket.com, $58

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Ceramic Bull Skull

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Courtesy of Evoke the Spirit
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Ceramic Taho Canister Set

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Evoke the Spirit
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Hartwood Cookbook

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: amazon.com, $22

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Staredown Print

How To Decorate Your House Like Tulum
Courtesy of West Elm

To buy: westelm.com, $249

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Crescent Moon Dream Catcher

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Handwoven Lorne Rug

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Courtesy of Anthropologie
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Coqui Coqui Candle

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Courtesy of Net-A-Porter
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