The botanical and tropical theme has been around for a while now and shows no sign of leaving just yet, the range, colour and detail of botanical and tropical wallpapers I’ve seen in the past few weeks whilst researching paper for my living room is amazing and I wanted to share my top 10 with you.
Yes, Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year so as you would expect there’s a lot of green tones around, but if green is not your bag you can find botanical or tropical prints in so many colours, there’s bound to be one to fulfill your colour dreams.
The beauty of the botanical and tropical them is that it gives the room the feeling and the warmth of having plants in the room, without actually having them – if you’re a plant killer like me that’s a good thing! It also gives us that old ‘bringing the outside in’ cliche to life, but if you don’t have a garden you might want to have the feel of the greenery.
First up, traditional green colourways. You can’t go too far wrong with the green, it’s calming and natural. Here I’ve selected Julien MacDonald for Graham and Brown, it’s called Honolulu, circa £23 per roll and is probably my favourite of all the papers I’m going to share. It’s simple and has a lovely little sparkle to it. It also comes in a number of different colours, one of which I’ll show you a little later.
Next up, similar but in a different price bracket is the Palmeral paper by House of Hackney. This is a lovely dense foliage and gives a room a real jungle feel. It’s beautifully designed. The price is around £165 but this is for a larger roll than a usual high street brand. This also comes in a great shade of blue which I love.
If you want the botanical feel but like a more neutral feel, then the Cole & Son Palm Leaves design comes in a cream or grey colourway, perfect for having a design on the walls but it doesn’t shout at you.
How about you like the palms, but green just doesn’t float your boat? The papers I’ve mentioned above come in a number of colours, here’s a few to whet your appetite. That pink! Wow. If only I could convince Mr Wheel Chic Home, but that’s probably a step too far for him.
This digital wallpaper called Monstera from Woodchip & Magnolia is brilliant and is £89 per roll. It’s not only right on trend as the greens and pinks will be all around us in 2017 but it’s from an independent business which is always fantastic to support. It’s also pretty different from anything else I’ve seen out there:
Photo Credit: Woodchip & Magnolia http://www.woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk
If you want the real feel of the jungle then Matthew Williamson’s designs are for you. Parrots, palms and pineapples, or flamingoes and flowers – whatever takes your fancy you’ll find it all here. His Cubana collection has the lot, on the left below is the Flamingo Club and on the right, Habenera (around the £60 mark per roll). They come in a variety of fabulous colours, all of which make a really bright and bold statement.
Photo Credit: Matthew Williamson http://www.matthewwilliamson.com
Lastly, if you’re really after the garden feel and bringing the outside in, you can’t go far wrong with this Greenhouse wallpaper by Erik Gutter, spotted on the Rockett St George website. It’s around the £250 mark per roll, but you’ll probably only want to cover one wall, or even part of one wall with it, to give the illusion of looking out into a garden. It’s a really fun design.
Photo Credit: Rockett St George http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
Any of these papers would give a lovely sunny feel to your room, which one’s your favourite?