Design Around Banana Leaf Wallpaper

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.

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.

Style Board elements

  1. Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
  2. Black and White Art Print, Black Branches via Etsy
  3. Martinique Wallpaper, The Original Beverly Hills Martinique
  4. First Edition Adjustable Arm Reading Wall Lamp, Shades of Light
  5. Showtime by Benjamin Moore
  6. Agate Bookends, West Elm
  7. Rake Brass Chair, CB2
  8. Dahlia Marble Desk, CB2
  9. Large White Round Piper Tote Basket With Lid, World Market
  10. Surya Mykonos Rug in Eggplant, Rugs USA
  11. Chesterfield Black Leather Tufted Armchair, Overstock.com
  12. Ignatius Bar Serving Cart, Wayfair
  13. 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.

I was obviously a little inspired by Nate Berkus (his living room is the first inspiration photo shown below), but also by Gwen Hefner of the Makerista and her moody library and dining room.

 

Check out of a few inspiring rooms!

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 

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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

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.

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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...



Not ready for a whole wall? Add just a touch!

 
 

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The best option of all? Obviously... cake.

 
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 


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How random is that? For a ton of other awesome ideas around this pattern, check out this post by the Glam Pad and Pinterest (come hang out with me there!).

Are you inspired to try a tropical look? Or are you just craving cake now?