Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print

By: Casey Gerber

March 21, 2016

A timeless motif, the grand glamour of glossy greens date back to 1942 when American creative Don Loper installed banana leaf wallpaper in the Beverly Hills Hotel.  This pattern, called “Martinique” became one of the most recognized patterns in the world.  Over on the East Coast, Dorothy Draper, 1960’s “Most Influential Tastemaker in the World,” used “Braziliance Palm” wallpaper in her crown jewel 1946 Greenbrier Hotel redecoration.

Seventy years later, the banana leaf and palm print are still as iconic as ever, making bold statements in fashion, hospitality, and interior design.  A recent resurgence in tropical tastes is no longer limited to luxury hotels.  Laurel & Wolf designer Lindsay Meyer joins us for a walk on the wild side as she previews her favorite jungle-inspired interiors.


Indoor:

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Via Gipsy Darling

San Francisco’s newest go-to gathering spot is the Gipsy Darling.  In a nod to Dorothy Draper, the window-front seating area features Jaima & Co’s Banana Leaf wallpaper.  Chartreuse accent pillows and chevron seat cushions complete the mod moment.  Fetch the maitre’d!  This rounds on us…


Outdoor:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, frontgate

Via Frontgate

Perfect for parties on the patio, Frontgate’s Wilshire seating includes specialty fabric options that balance a breezy and bold aesthetic.  Elevate your outdoor entertaining space with a kiss of key lime and preppy prints that convey a cool island vibe.


Light & Bright:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, jungalow

Via Jungalow

Sunny spots love lush greenery.  Styled with a statement rug, the perfect palm pattern transforms everything from entryways to seating spaces.  Lush plants layered in varied vessels adds a brush of boho spirit that takes the pattern play from classic to contemporary.


Dark & Moody:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, eastern

Via Eastern Accents

Love a dark statement wall?  Turns out that the tropics turn traditional living and sleeping spaces into dramatic designs.  Glam gold hues convey a formality that feels richly regal.


Upholstery to Wall Covering:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, domino

Via Domino

Whether it’s unique upholstery (like this plush armchair), or statement wallpaper (as in this chic sofa), the uses for green leaf prints are unlimited.  Can’t commit to permanent wall coverings?  Plenty of temporary, removable options abound.  Not ready to acquire such stark furniture?  Try an affordable throw pillow instead.  The pop of print instantly indicates your trendsetting taste.


From Bath to Bar:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, evrygirl

Via The Everygirl

Smaller statements can weave their way into non-traditional areas of the home.  Turn a few yards of fabric into a chic shower curtain.  Frame your favorite green leaf prints and create a stylish space for crafting cocktails.


Lush Lights Out:

Tour of the Tropics: Banana Leaf and Palm Print, Laurel & Wolf, homey

Via Homey Oh My

Drift off to sleep and awake refreshed in your bedroom oasis.  Tufted velvet is a cozy companion to sophisticated slumber and takes tropical prints to a new, luxe level.


Thank you, Lindsay, for the journey into the jungle!  Follow along as Lindsay pins more of her favorite finds on Pinterest.  Invite Lindsay to work on your next project by visiting her profile here.

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