There’s a hot new trend in interiors, everyone is going banana’s for a taste of the tropics!
But, interiors fans beware, this is a trend that’s easy to get wrong. Banana Leaf and palm prints can easily come off as cheap and brash if not used wisely. In my opinion, the key to getting this look right is to veer away from going OTT with the Caribbean vibe and instead hint at a relaxed beachy, tropical feel.
Here are a few simple hints and tips to help you subtly bring a taste of the tropics to your interiors.
Opt for smaller print items such as scatter cushions and throws.
If, like me, you’re more comfortable with making a statement with smaller areas of print, rather than using bold print wallpapers, why not try out a few scatter cushions or throws, or maybe even a printed fabric chair. This way you can swap things in and out easily as trends and your tastes change.
Anyone who has ever had to strip a large expanse of wallpaper, will tell you it’s not a joy to do and having to fully redecorate can be an expensive and time consuming process. This is why I am a big fan of mixing classic investment pieces (like sofas) with cheaper trend led pieces such as textiles and other accessories. Spending most of your budget on timeless investment pieces and adding interest with cheaper items that you can change regularly is a great way of keeping your home fresh and modern, without breaking the bank.
Compliment your banana and palm leaf prints with plenty of real plants.
I have no idea how or why this trick works, but adding plenty of real life plants alongside your tropical prints makes them sing! It brings the prints you incorporate into your interiors scheme to life, provides an added sense of luxury and connects the prints with nature.
Keep the overall colour scheme neutral.
Of course this isn’t a hard and fast rule, in interiors as with anything creative, rules are there to be broken, but I do prefer tropical prints used alongside a bright and neutral colour scheme. Also, going back to my earlier point, using a neutral colour scheme makes it far easier to change the look and feel of your interiors as and when the mood strikes, without having to completely redecorate.
Plus, bright green foliage looks great against fresh whites and cream tones.
Compliment with natural textures like bare and white washed wood and wickers.
Complimenting your tropical prints with natural textures such as bare woods, wickers, and jute creates a laid back beach feel that works so well with palm and banana leaf prints. Plants in baskets, a cane chair, bare wood picture frames, and other accessories such as these work very well in this scheme.
Don’t be afraid to DIY.
One of my favourite Pinterest finds following this theme is this DIY Leaf Art. They are so easy to make and a great way of incorporating a tropical interiors theme into your home in a subtle and tasteful way.
I have an image in my mind of three of these above a statement bath in an all white bathroom with exposed brick white washed walls, I think they would look amazing in a room like this!
Photo credits via my Pinterest.