There was a time when palm fronds and banana leaves were seen in interior décor only – I repeat, only – within the confines of a tropically-themed rental unit. Those times are long gone. Tropical foliage is popping up all over the place, in sophisticated venues and casual ones, in over-the-top whole-room quantities and single-leaf accents.
If you’re curious about the tropical leaf trend, here are some room-by-room examples of how tropical foliage is incorporated into interiors with high style.
Nothing says, “WELCOME!” in all caps like oversized emerald green banana leaf wallpaper in the entryway. A pairing with some ornate, elegant pieces creates an atmosphere of friendly sophistication.
A lampshade is an ideal place for a large tropical leaf if you’re interested in the bold print but are less interested in plastering it everywhere. A classic black and white stripe works well with the curves of the leaves.
Larger-than-life palm leaves on a white wall certainly make a statement. They are the eye-catchers in this neutral space and frame out the pair of armchairs nicely. Importantly, the room’s other details are kept subtle to keep visual competition at a minimum.
There’s something about tropical print upholstery that makes me want to be on vacation. Pairing the more feminine furniture with a striking zebra rug is an energizing combination, don’t you think?
Speaking of energizing… A bright glossy green coffee table would hardly be at home without some tropical printed throw pillows nearby. Such a happy space.
Maybe the total-tropical décor is too much for your taste. Never fear. A simple single tropical leaf in a vase could be just the punch of color, shape, and texture your shamelessly contemporary space needs.
Kitchen & Dining Room.
The tropical trend doesn’t have to work its way into your permanent architecture for you to enjoy this kind of décor. Stick a few fronds into a glass jar and enjoy them for a few weeks or months. It livens up any décor.
Of course, a little bit (translation: lot) of some jungle banana leaf wallpaper can go a long way. Sophisticated brass and black lamps and classic dining furnishings keep the playful paper less juvenile and more chic.
From the palm leaves exploding out of the chandelier to the tropical wall mural to the palm tree detailed dining chairs, this dining space is determined to make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean. It’s a cheerful execution.
An eclectic bedroom is the perfect place to showcase some tropical foliage. Love the wallpaper as a backdrop to such an ornate bed frame.
Again, with slightly more obvious nods to the tropics themselves, the bright frond-focused wallpaper sets the tone for an electric green side table and chair and wicker headboard.
Blending bold banana leaf wallpaper with more traditional decorating forms (such as the Greek key bits here) is a good way to temper being bold without being crazy.
In an otherwise neutral and fairly symmetrical room, throwing in a bit of tropical foliage on the bedding is a fun way to add some pattern and color.
Dark. Dramatic. Completely over-the-top. And it’s fantastic because the bathroom is so small that an all-encompassing tropical jungle wallpaper just seems to make sense. Love the modern art as a point of decorating juxtaposition.