A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Print & Pattern Collection from Anthropologie. The main image for the piece featured a gorgeous palm leaf wallpaper that I mentally filed away for further research. I loved the aqua (some would say mint green) background. Basically it’s pretty much my favourite colour, and in the Anthro photo looks exactly the shade of paint we have on our bedroom walls.
Although the palm leaf motif taps into the current “exotic foliage” look, what I also liked about this wallpaper (apart from the colour) is that it’s not full-on jungle. The palm fronds, although luxuriously large-scale, have been arranged sparely in a linear design that gives equal billing to the background colour. So the design has a subtle vertical stripe to it, which lends a sense of order and draws the eye upards, whilst still being unashamedly lush.
With a little detective work, I identified this particular design as the Cole & Son Palm Leaves wallpaper. It’s apparently been given a contemporary makeover with new colourways – above is the pink/mint combination. Which (no surprise there) I’m also smitten with and you can just see a glimpse of my original obsession, the aqua/gold colourway, through the doorway. The restyle also includes moody, dark backgrounds of charcoal grey, black, and inky blue. This last one is pictured below and you can see the whole collection here.
Plants and foliage are having a big moment, interiors-wise and the latest botanical must-have changes with head-spinning speed. But the palm leaf will always be a classic motif and easily stands the test of time. It conjures up classic style references as disparate as Victorian parlours, Art Deco salons and Hollywood Regency hotels. So I went on the hunt for the best, contemporary palm leaf wallpapers (most of which are available in other colourways to the ones below) and here’s what I found:
Contemporary palm print wallpaper
Hawaii Palm Trees Mural by Mural Wallpaper
Palmeras Wallpaper by Mind the Gap (see how the design looks completely different in the dark colourway below).
Palm Jungle Wallpaper by Cole & Son
The Palm Grove Wallpaper from Curious Egg
Palmeral Wallpaper by House of Hackney
Palm Wallpaper in Black by Eijffinger
Tropicana Wallpaper by Matthew Williamson
Deco Palm Wallpaper by Cole & Son
Images: brands and retailers as credited above