The growing trend for jungle and palm leaf style wallpaper and print just keeps gaining in popularity and it’s one that has really grabbed my attention. The earthy, leafy designs on dark, inky backgrounds are full of impact and drama and work well with the trend for metallics and copper too.
This design, Palm Jungle by Cole and Son is my current favourite and whilst the look above wouldn’t be for everyone, there are lots of ways you can use this print to add some outdoor vibrancy to you home. If you take a peek at my Palm Print Pinterest board below, you’ll see I’ve gathered lots of leafy prints in all guises from wallpaper to cushions to minimal wall art. There’s a way to include this look into everyone’s home.
Follow Jen Stanbrook’s board Palm Prints on Pinterest.
I’ve been testing out a new computer at home for HP called the SPROUT – designed for creative types, it allows you to take and import images and use them with virtual tools to create designs and beyond for business and pleasure. I decided that it might be fun to try to create my own jungle, palm style print, and whilst I’m no designer it was interesting giving it a go.
I have quite a few jungle style plants in the garden, the most predominant being the Fatsia Japonica. At this time of year it has lots of new growth and even some flowers which look eery and rather prehistoric. I thought some of the remaining Magnolia flowers could work for added colour, and then a few other leaves and stalks finished the cuttings.
The SPROUT works like any other computer (this one is running Windows) but it does look quite different because of the overhead camera and interactive mat. I’ll be doing a full review on the pc later, but let’s just say it’s a dream to use, and the children have not been off it!
I spent a little while taking images of my garden cuttings, placing them in arrangements on the mat, and capturing an image which automatically uploads onto the software. A few didn’t work, so they were simply trashed, but it was incredibly quick and easy to make some lovely looking shots. The camera is beautiful quality, taking amazing shots. You can even set it up to take 3D images too.
So I began by painting in a darker background, which probably could have been darker in retrospect. It’s then really easy to swipe images down from the pc screen on to the mat, and using your fingers resize, rotate and move them around as you need to. I wanted something layered so used the glossy fatsia leaves ontop of fatsia and magnolia flowers. Images can be used mulitple times and cropped too giving you huge flexibility.
Firstly, here’s the selection of captured images I’d managed to take, which made for a really great design process.
You can see how I’ve started to layer up some of the different images to give the design some depth. It was starting to take shape, but felt a little overwhelmingly green, so I took a few more pictures and added in the leafy stalks to break up the print. Now, I’m really not a designer, but perhaps with a little more work this could be the beginnings of a brand new wallpaper print. I’d like to see it with a little more light and shade, and perhaps a different type of background. I could have sourced a pattern or print from the internet and used that as a basis for my leaf design, but it’s all a learning curve.
Overall, I’m really pleased with what I came up with. It’s definitely not Cole and Son material, but perhaps a step in the right direction.
If you had the chance, what kind of wallpaper print would you design?
This post is a SPROUT by HP collaboration, thank you for supporting blog collaborators. All work, words and opinions are my own.