I’m tired of all those other orange fruits getting all the home décor attention—oranges (so trite!), tangerines, canteloupes and peaches—when tropical papaya is the boho mama’s choice for eating AND for home décor.
After all, it contains ALL those other shades of orange, PLUS salmon and coral, in a scoopable delight that refreshes the tastebuds AND the eyes like a summer sunrise.
Papaya is rich in betocarotene, potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants. It’s great straight from the rind, chopped and mixed with other tropical fruits, and blended into a smoothie, or—even better—a cocktail. You can even use the peppery seeds in salads and other recipes.
But mostly—IMHO—papaya is just so sexy looking when cut open that I’m compelled to use some to decorate my boho home to keep that other (you know) vibe going.
Got your attention, didn’t I? So does this…
See how the papaya walls and bedding draw you down that stark white and gray hallway? The lighted arrow is a fun touch, but color alone pointed us in the right direction. All oranges are energizing. But remember, papaya works for way more than mere walls.
|Patrick Mele via Mix and Chic|
As you pull your boho room together, mix the many shades of papaya’s sweet, melon-like flesh in pillows, rugs, flowers, lampshades, and even picture mats, as you see here (just not literally, of course). The color spectrum of papaya flesh goes from yellowish to pinky-orange-red, so make sure you pack it all into your roomscape. Slightly contrasting shades of the same color make for a richly layered room.
This isn’t my laundry room (oh, how I wish!!), but my laundry room and adjacent powder room are a pale papaya. It was a take-off from the bright orange and yellows in some fun art hanging in there. And I plan to paint the bath vanity (now pickled oak) a more intense shade called papaya punch. My bit of papaya décor perks me up while I sort lights from darks and helps keep me feeling positive (well, okay, neutral) about a never-ending household chore.
That’s also a great reason for papaya décor in the kitchen.
But don’t stop with just the walls here either. Papaya can do so much more.
|Celestial Coaster Set from Anthropologie.|
|LEFT TO RIGHT: Orange Rim Tumbler, Pier 1; Embroidered Elephant Kitchen Towel (for extra coverage!), Cost Plus World Market; Abaca Placements, Cost Plus World Market; Set of 4 Papaya Melamine Salad Plates, One Kings Lane; Via Veneto Flatware, mymodigliani.com.|
But I’m just getting started…
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All this puts me in mind of Snow White’s seven dwarfs singing, “whistle while you work.” These are some perky accessories to help us on our way, agreed?
There’s housework and then there’s work-work. But papaya comes through!
See how just one papaya doodad makes the whole idea of work more fun? That’s not to suggest you should stop at one.
MORE is more! Papaya at work-work helps keep you happy-happy. I tell ya, it’s like color porn. And here’s more of it because, if you’re like me, you just can’t get enough.
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Papaya even chills you out AFTER a tough day at the office.
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It’s also great for sharing…
Which is kinda-sorta where we started.