Crushing On: Banana Leaf Print
Take a look at this celebration of all the times the iconic banana leaf print of The Beverly Hills Hotel fame made our hearts go pitter-patter, including some of the best ways to incorporate the trend into your decor.
Reminiscent of glamorous 1940s Hollywood, the banana leaf print continues to inspire many generations later, and there are so many ways to use it well. If you're the bold and brave sort, you could go whole hog and cover a room floor-to-ceiling with the iconic Martinique Banana Leaf Print Wallpaper. But you could just as easily make a bold, if slightly more conservative, statement by covering the upper half of your walls with it and leaving the bottom in a crisp, clean white. That's exactly what Rosa of Rosa Beltran Design did in a gorgeous bathroom remodel.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Martinique wallpaper, created by designer Don Loper and made famous by its use at The Beverly Hills Hotel, has appeared in various television shows and celebrity homes and is still a design staple of the hotel today. You'll find it in the Fountain Coffee Room, for example, along with milkshakes and a tuna melt. But if you think this print is simply retro, think again.
While the Martinique print is arguably the most iconic, another very similar pattern, Brazilliance, was created in the 1940s by designer Dorothy Draper and made famous by its use at the Greenbrier Hotel where it is still on display today. Though these two famous hotels have seen many modern updates over the years, this timeless pattern remains relevant, chic, and inspirational.
Photo Courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel
Banana Leaf DIY Prints
If wallpaper isn't your thing, you can still jump on the banana leaf trend by incorporating the print on a smaller scale like Sarah, a blogger and designer from Sarah M Dorsey Designs, with her banana leaf photo prints. And the good news is that she's done the work for you. All you have to do is print, frame, and hang.
If it's your bedroom that could use a bit of a tropical vibe, you could always turn one of the many inspired banana leaf patterned fabrics into a covered headboard like this one from Burlap and Lace. Using this bold print and surrounding it with crisp white, other muted tones, and lots of texture is the perfect way to go bold without overwhelming.
Banana Leaf Pillow
Another way to use these gorgeous fabrics is to turn them into pillows that you can use anywhere such as the bedroom, living room, or even outdoors. Crane Concept has a 10-minute DIY pillow tutorial, complete with the fabric source, so you can quickly put them in all those places if you like!
Subtle and artistic is another way to go, and these watercolor prints from Rain on a Tin Roof will get you on the banana leaf train in no time. Next stop, art gallery!
Any place there's room to sit, there's room for banana leaf print. What better conversation piece than this banana leaf settee from One Kings Lane?
There's a reason you're seeing this pattern everywhere. No only is it a timeless, iconic classic with so many ways to use it, it's a trendy pattern for anyone, anywhere. Whether you're going for bold or subtle, or your style is modern or traditional, you can't go wrong with the banana leaf.