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These rooms will take you away to a tropical island, but which one is the first-class trip?

With idyllic island style as our inspiration, we created a tropical sleep sanctuary on two different budgets. Can you tell them apart?

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HIGH: $10,965

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1 Bed frame, Structube, $499; 2 Toss cushions, Tonic Living, $68 each; 3 Lumbar cushion, HomeSense, $25; 4 Table lamp, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $420; 5 Nightstand, Casalife, $704; 6 Rug, Elte, $6,225; 7 Benches, Barrymore Furniture, $2,560; 8 Duvet cover, Au Lit Fine Linens, $396.

 

LOW: $5,327

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1 Bed frame, IKEA, $189; 2 Toss cushions, Tonic Living, $54 each; 3 Lumbar cushion, HomeSense, $17; 4 Table lamp, CB2, $219; 5 Nightstand, EQ3, $299; 6 Rug, Elte, $3,755; 7 Bench, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $540; 8 Duvet cover, HomeSense, $200.

 

No matter your budget, there are a few design tips that will help you create an on-trend room like either of these. 

Look to Pantone's top picks: With Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year (Greenery) as our guide, we drew from nature’s palette, painting the walls a leafy hue and underscoring the look with everything from fresh foliage to palm-patterned toss cushions. There’s nothing like the great outdoors to lend warmth and renew the senses.

Play with textures: No matter how bold the space, introducing subtle textural elements like this white diamond-stitched coverlet offers an ultra-cozy feel.

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Don't be scared to add more bright hues: Care to up your room’s colour ante further? Bring on the bold by layering on a cheerful yellow area rug, as we have here. “The piece ties in with the other sunny accents and plays up the contrast,” says contributing design editor Christine Hanlon. Bonus: A healthy dose of yellow makes waking up in the a.m. all the easier (or so we think!).

Opt for a trendy Palm Springs vibe: Nothing spells luxury like an exotic locale where swaying palm trees are the tallest structures in sight. But when a vacay isn’t in the cards, who’s to say your bedroom can’t double as a beach pad? We rounded up four frond-patterned toss cushions that will bring texture and tranquility to your sleeping quarters.

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Artisan Pillows polyfilled cotton Tropical Botanics Green Palm Leaf, O.co, $72 US.

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Assembly Home polyfilled cotton Crewel Palms, $59, Urban Outfitters.

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Cotton velvet and linen Rousseau (cover only) in Green, Williams-Sonoma, $225.

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Canvas polyester Palm, Canadian Tire, $17.

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Pick a simple frame: A sleek, low-profile bed frame in a crisp white is serene enough to prompt dreamy slumber on any given night, and we've rounded up queen-sized options (below!) to suit every bedroom and budget. All that's missing: glorious ocean vistas as far as the eye can see.

 

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Painted particleboard Askvoll with Luro╠ły base, IKEA, $189.

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Polyurethane-finished MDF and particleboard Villa in White, Structube, $499.

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Powder-coated steel Alpine in White, CB2, $899.

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Lacquered eucalyptus Mid- Century in White, West Elm, $999 US.

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Clara bed & headboard in White, Pottery Barn, $999 US.

Image by: Pottery Barn

 

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