Interior Design

How to Turn Your Living Room into a Jungle

May  5, 2016

When we think about bringing the outside in, we think of a tidy houseplant. A quietly wild little succulent, maybe, or a humble brag of a flashy branch—a fruit tree, even. (Did you notice I didn’t say “a fiddle leaf fig”?) But what if you could do that without needing to water something, or regretfully bury it in the compost when it’s dead and gone?

Chicago’s Lost Lake, a tiki bar and James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program, reminded me of the glories of tropical wallpaper. Bringing a little tiki inside your home is genius because of more than just the bright color, whimsy, or the statement it makes. It’s genius for what it signifies: tiki means oasis, it means island, it means escape. And isn’t that exactly what you want out of a living room, anyway?

For inspiration, here are a few more (exotic! jungle-themed!) wallpapers we love. We’d order a roll or two now—these designs have a way of making summer come faster.

...a collaboration was created in front of this wallpaper and I can't wait to share 💚

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Install yesterday in El Segundo!

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Scared of making a whole wall into a jungle? Frame a square of it—or line a shelf with it.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


wondergirl August 11, 2016
jony July 18, 2016
mrslarkin May 5, 2016
I love love love this one, too!
amysarah May 5, 2016
The original - 'Martinique' giant banana leaf wallpaper, circa 1940, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Still there, still just as glamorous: