There's no better way to go bold than with banana leaf. This iconic pattern first made waves in the late 1930 and 1940s as wallpaper in notable Californian hotels designed by Dorothy Draper and Don Loper. Banana leaf has since become synonymous with tropical luxury, whether gracing the 2016 Fall runway or the walls of the Ken Fulk-designed San Francisco restaurant, Leo's Oyster Bar. Below we've highlighted our top picks that capture this playful design trend.
1. One of the most iconic destinations in the world, The Beverly Hills Hotel is where the banana leaf trend all began. In 1942, designer Don Loper created the Martinique wallpaper specifically for the space, and it has attracted designers and home decor fans alike ever since. For a affordable take on this classic style, we suggest Flavor Paper's Wild Thing.
2. Proving that palm fronds aren't just for the home, Dolce & Gabbana played with the classic banana leaf print for their Fall Winter 2016/17 collection. Drawing inspiration from Palmero's lush botanical garden, the fashion house presented dresses, blouses, pants, shoes, scarves, purses and pajamas in the verdant pattern. Our favorite? The Banana Leaf Print Cady Shift Dress.
3. Looking for a subtle way to bring banana leaf into your home? Throw pillows are a great and easy way infuse a space with color and tropical pattern. We'd love to pair these vibrant pillows on a white sectional or hot pink bedding.
4. For a touch of tropical glam, Society6's Wall Clock is a modern take on the classic print. With its bold face, this clock is a fun way to incorporate a pop of print into any space.
5. What better way to showcase this trending print than as a chic phone case? Case Persona's Tropical Banana Leaves case is sure to be your new favorite accessory.