Banana Leaf wall coverings

This week, I am spotlighting banana leaf wall coverings. As it is the middle of summer and blisteringly hot, I liked the idea of bringing the outdoors in and creating an escape without leaving your home! I am particularly attracted the various green hues and vivid patterns of banana leaf papers, I feel that they immediately transport to you to Palm Beach in the 40s.

Perhaps the most recognizable banana lead paper is the Martinique “A” Wallpaper BH90210 as seen in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Originally designed for the hotel’s hallways and coffee shops, the iconic print has withstood the test of time and is still being used in modern design today. Most often pictured and used in green, the paper actually comes in Burgandy and Mustard Yellow as well.
Here is the famous Martinique paper featured in Nikki Hilton’s dining room
again in NYC restuarant Indochine
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Designer Nate Berkus’s home in Milan
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A similar but different print also made popular in the 40s was by eccentric designer Dorothy Draper. Titled “Brazillance”, this particular paper gained fame when Draper designed the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. She saturated the hotel with the print throughout the lobby and even on the hallway carpets.
If you’re feeling bold and looking to bring some colour into your life, Martinique and Brazillance is the way to go!


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