Central Park provides a lush backdrop for the alluring prints.

5 Gorgeous Tropical Wallpapers

Enliven any space with these exotic patterns

It all started in 1942 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, when Don Loper, the American designer, decorated the California hotel’s famous Fountain Coffee Shop with his Martinique banana leaf wallpaper. Inspired by this now-iconic design, leafy wallpapers—many of which come in coordinating fabrics—seem to have sprouted in every room in the house. They are wonderfully transformative, capable of turning the plainest space into domestic bliss. Photographing them in New York’s Central Park proves these foliage reproductions stand their ground against the real thing.

Lee Jofa’s Palm Jungle print is multi-layered, in bright hues of green to replicate a real jungle.

The leafy layers in Lee Jofa’s Palm Jungle add depth reminiscent of an Amazonian forest, and are simply chic, with its light palette of greens and cream. HermèsJardin d’Osier, or wicker garden, was designed by Pierre Marie, one of their scarf designers who was inspired by the sumptuous gardens of India. The British Osborne & Little’s Tropicana is part of a series by fashion designer Matthew Williamson, who looked to the styles of pre-revolutionary Cuba—using rich hues of turquoise to create a more abstract and graphic depiction of palm trees.

The black, brown, and gold in Stark’s Mauritz pattern of palm trees and monkeys exerts a nocturnal effect that imparts a feeling of a tranquil island night.

Wild Thing, from the up-and-coming Brooklyn-based company Flavor Paper,  is a non-repeating mural of photographs of classic palm and banana leaves taken by the design couple Ghislaine and Jaime Viñas—who have collaborated with Flavor Paper on several occasions. Stark’s Mauritz pattern is playful yet sophisticated, pairing frolicking monkeys with gold palm trees. Why dream of an exotic vacation when these wallpapers can transform any room in your house into a personal paradise? 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Hermes’ Jardin d’Osier is a polished design of flowers, shrubs, plants, and fountains. The colors in Tropicana from Osborne & Little are sublimely glamorous. Flavor Paper’s Wild Thing is a modern take on the classic aesthetic, with oversize leaves.
From left to right: Hermes’ Jardin d’Osier, Tropicana from Osborne & Little, and Flavor Paper’s Wild Thing. 
Cover: Central Park provides a lush backdrop for the alluring prints.


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