I'm almost never the most fashion-focused (or fashionable) person in the room. I talk much more enthusiastically about crown molding than ballet flats, but I enjoy looking nice as much as most people so I follow just a few fashion-oriented blogs; it helps keep me from looking completely out-dated, and is something different to read than my usual stuff. One of my favorites is Hannah from Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget, and last month she shared a non-clothing-related post about the banana leaf wallpaper in her guest bathroom. A) I was excited because it was cool to see how she decorates her house and B) I loved how she paired gold elements with that very glamorous wallpaper! (It's shown as the fourth inspiration picture below).
There are many (many) round-ups of gorgeous rooms using banana and palm leaf wallpaper, and most focus on the Original Martinique wallpaper that made the look so famous (link is below). Banana-leaf motif is so very popular, even the Golden Girls endorsed it.
The two things I didn't find much of, though, were examples of it used in an office setting or links to furniture and decor that paired nicely with it. So, I put together my own style board and am sharing it today! My home office is currently a very tiny desk in a corner of our bedroom, but in my head there is a large, amazing, well-lit dream studio that could totally pull this look off.
Style Board elements
- Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
- Black and White Art Print, Black Branches via Etsy
- Martinique Wallpaper, The Original Beverly Hills Martinique
- First Edition Adjustable Arm Reading Wall Lamp, Shades of Light
- Showtime by Benjamin Moore
- Agate Bookends, West Elm
- Rake Brass Chair, CB2
- Dahlia Marble Desk, CB2
- Large White Round Piper Tote Basket With Lid, World Market
- Surya Mykonos Rug in Eggplant, Rugs USA
- Chesterfield Black Leather Tufted Armchair, Overstock.com
- Ignatius Bar Serving Cart, Wayfair
- Lismore Diamond Decanter, Waterford
The Chesterfield is way more than I could afford, so I'd have to hope that would go maybe 70% off. Still, it's real pretty! Whenever I share style-boards, I struggle with including items that don't fit into my actual budget. I hope that for anyone with a similar budget to mine, they are able to online source more affordable version that still captures the spirit; I'm almost always able to!
While a lot of different looks can work with this tropical wallpaper, I leaned a little more Hollywood Recency-vibe than Safari-themed. It feels easier to fit into a variety of styles of homes, so wouldn't be out of place in less-sunny climates. The jewel-toned agate bookends and eggplant rug add some drama, and are a little unexpected. The mustard-hued paint (Showtime by Ben Moore) pulls out the deep yellow in the wallpaper pattern.
Check out of a few inspiring rooms!
While the above rooms fit most with my own aesthetic, I noticed examples a little more on-topic with furniture that looked like it could transition from indoor to outdoor, as seen here:
keep it tropical with the furniture
I love the furniture shown in the example on the right! The best part is that furniture of this style can be found pretty easily, and at a variety of price-points. What I enjoyed most in all of the inspiration photos is how versatile this wallpaper can be; paired with pink it is feminine, with gold it is glamorous, with rattan it is casual. Still, if you're just not ready to take the plunge...