Tropical leaf prints have long been a design classic, thanks in large part to two iconic wallpaper patterns. Martinique wallpaper, designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, features banana leaves in a rich forest green palette. Brazilliance wallpaper was designed by the one-and-only Dorothy Draper for the Greenbrier Hotel. Although similar to Martinique, Brazilliance has more saturated colors and accents of sea grapes amidst the banana leaves.
Tropical leaf decor lends an air of retro glamour to any room. Banana leaves and palm fronds make for gorgeous wallpaper and upholstery, but you can also incorporate the motif through lighting fixtures, artwork, and accessories. Here is some tropical inspiration for your home!
The Martinique wallpaper pairs beautifully with black and white. Via Sarah Sarna.
Black lacquer doors and Brazilliance wallpaper make for a bold, graphic hallway. Design by Sara Cooper via Domaine.
A pair of gold palm chandeliers drip with crystals. Via AD.
Pink accents pop against Dorothy Draper’s Brazilliance wallpaper. Via Lauren Nelson.
A bohemian take on this classic pattern. Via Bohemia Design.