If you’ve ever visited Graceland, the idea of a jungle room might conjure up lots of burled wood and green shag carpet on the ceiling. (If you doubt me, you really need to make the trip to Memphis to see Elvis’ beloved home.) But shake that image — jungle and tropical plants are dominating many stylish walls in every room of the house these days. Chic, powerful and welcoming, these wallpapers can thrive no matter the size of your room or the style of your home.

9 More Ways to Turn Your Design Tropical


Graham & Brown UK, original photo on Houzz


1. Make a strong first impression. A tropical pattern on the walls in the foyer is a wonderful way to welcome and wow your guests. When paired with wood furniture, white accents and cane or wicker textures, the style can take on a pleasing British Colonial look.


Wallpaper: Honolulu Palm by Julien MacDonald, Graham & Brown


Ana Antunes Homestyling, original photo on Houzz


2. Create a living room accent wall. This is perhaps the most iconic tropical wallpaper. Designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, the glorious banana leaves have become a lasting symbol of Hollywood glamour. Used here as the backdrop for a sofa, with a starburst mirror in the center, the large leaves dazzle without overwhelming.

Wallpaper: The Iconic Original Martinique Wallpaper – Beverly Hills


Our Town Plans, original photo on Houzz


3. Cover every wall in a small space. But sometimes overwhelming is a good thing. Covering all the walls in this small powder room transformed the space into a lush jungle (complete with modern amenities).

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Z Gallerie, original photo on Houzz


4. Pair it with black and white photography. In this glamorous apartment of a fashion blogger, Bianca and Mick look right at home amid the Beverly Hills Hotel Martinique wallpaper.


JBMP Architecture and Interior Design, original photo on Houzz


5. Give a vast space human scale. In this bedroom, interior designer Eugenie Niven Goodman had these charming trees hand-painted. The result is a design that custom-fits the barrel vault ceiling and the spaces between the windows.

Custom painting by Flöe Painting


4 CORNERS: International Design Concepts, llc, original photo on Houzz?


6. Accentuate a beautiful wood. African mahogany’s deep color and lovely graining are an apt match for the tropical leaves. Woven baskets add to the textural palette.

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