The multifaceted flora from around the globe inspires the most beautiful patterns for botanical wallpapers. Whether from a domestic garden or an exotic rainforest: trees, leaves and fruits transform your home into a green oasis.
Botanical Wallpaper: The Guide
Plants from all over the world, native and exotic trees, lush gardens and forests: On botanical wallpaper models, these pattern motifs beautify a variety of rooms with their natural radiance. The botanical trend has long been a stalwart of interior design. It changes from year to year, but only in certain nuances. Find out what makes botanical wallpaper designs special and in which rooms they can support an atmospheric ambience. Discover the creative side of botany with our design tips.
Table of Contents
- Which plants from the flora of Europe feature on botanical wallpaper?
- Which tropical motifs feature on wallpaper?
- According to which criteria can botanical wallpapers be categorised?
- Which colours are typical for botanical wallpaper?
- Which rooms are botanical and tropical wallpaper patterns best suited to?
- Which wallpaper design styles make use of botanical wallpaper models?
- Why are botanical and tropical wallpaper motifs so popular?
- Our tips: The creative side of botany
The motifs of local flora on botanical wallpaper have many facets. Trees, forest, leaves, ferns, grasses, hanging plants and botanical gardens are particularly popular and featured in many different variations.
In terms of wallpaper patterns, the birch is one of the European tree favourites. In modern designs, only the tall trunk with its typical white bark is often shown. Beech, oak, lime or fir are frequently used in landscape motifs. Special attention is paid to fruit trees in full bloom, e.g. cherry and apple trees.
The forest - a mixture of trees, shrubs, green and flowering plants - has a mystical charm. In terms of botanical wallpaper, darker hues tend to emphasise this effect. Deciduous, coniferous or mixed forest are all options. In an abstract representation, birch forests exude puristic depth. Typical forest animals enrich many designs.
The leaves with the highest recognition value are those of the tree species ash, alder and hornbeam. For more unusual patterns, robinia and holly leaves are a great choice. Horse chestnut and mountain ash are very suitable for romantic designs.
Ferns are amongst the oldest plants in the history of planet Earth. 400 million years ago there were huge tree fern forests. Fern fronds are often combined to create an interesting, sweeping pattern, emphasised by sophisticated colours. Well-known native ferns include the lady fern and the broad buckler fern.
Grasses grow dynamically into the air and thus provide sophisticated movement in wallpaper design. In addition to individual stylised blades of grass, e.g. of oat-grass or panicle, and flowering herb meadows, there are also illustrations of native ornamental grasses such as feather grass or pampas grass.
Hanging plants symbolise lush beauty, whether they are simply green or boast colourful flowers in various sizes. They meander along walls or are embedded in stylish vases and pots. The classic motifs include ivy, busy Lizzie or petunia.
The botanical garden theme brings together the most beautiful indigenous and foreign plant species. Rare and very old varieties can also feature. These types of wallpaper motifs are very suitable for romantic green looks.
The extraordinary flora of tropical regions serves as a basis for extravagant and atmospheric wallpaper designs. From exotic fruits, palm trees and jungle plants to the fascinating flora of the desert - the variety is breathtaking.
Exotic fruit such as pineapples, bananas and oranges appear in bright, appetising colours. The pattern might consist of an image of a specific fruit which is repeated, or combined with other tropical elements, e.g. animals and plants.
Lush palm trees in a plethora of shades of green, in gold or black-and-white adorn many stunning botanical wallpapers. Palm fronds are also often found in symmetrical or freely associated arrangements, which add a beautiful exoticism to the room.
Certain tropical plant and palm species are characterised by gigantic leaves, which as a botanical wallpaper pattern motif represent a lush green abundance. Anthurium, monstera, oleander, and philodendron are just a few beautiful examples of these mostly large-scale elements.
The evergreen rainforests of the tropics are high-precipitation vegetation zones characterised by their unique fauna & flora. The untouched and dense jungle hides many secrets. Rainforest wallpaper models feature a large variety of typical elements, for instance elephant trees, iridescent orchids, birds of paradise, or crocodiles.
An instantly recognisable characteristic of tropical jungle plants is their wild and (practically interlocking) growth. All plants are almost interlinked, so that they form paths and bridges as well as providing camouflage for the animals and creatures of the jungle. In terms of botanical wallpaper, climbing lianas, mangroves, carnivorous plants or bromeliads are all present.
Climbing plants wind their way along the trees of the rainforest in search of light. Of the more than 90 species of lianas (which belong to the climbing plants), several even grow into independent hanging trees. Tendrils and epiphytes such as the strangler fig are also popular motifs for botanical wallpaper designs.
Aquatic plants can exist above and below the water and their many different species come in bright colours or classic green. Water lily, shaving brush plants, reed and spring moss enrich wallpaper designs with a maritime, exotic character.
Desert plants have intelligent root and leaf systems to make the best use of scarce water. Various species of cacti, the Rose of Jericho, the Welwitschia or the Joshua tree are among the stunning desert plants that inspire wallpaper artists to create botanical designs.
Botanical wallpapers can be divided into those with a light and those with a dark finish. The size of the pattern (i.e. small or large motifs) is another a criterion.
These wallpaper models feature the base colour white. Stronger, brighter colours or pastel hues as well as all shades of green are given a fresh and dynamic character when combined with white. The combination is very natural, like a morning in the great outdoors. Partnered with beige and grey, a light look is the result.
Enchanted forest landscapes or gardens are often depicted in darker shades of blue, brown and green or black, the latter representing the mysterious power of the night. Intense colours such as red or sun yellow lend tension and depth to the scenery.
Small-scale plant motifs
Depending on the specific type of plant and the mood to be conveyed, botanical wallpaper designs with small-scale plant representations can be the best choice. Examples are romantic ivy vines, a colourful wildflower meadow or a collection of spring-green herbs. Smaller plant motifs are also ever-present in the Country House style.
Large-scale plant motifs
Tropical plants and leaves are perfect for large-scale motifs as this reflects their true size in nature. Fern fronds in extravagant colours such as copper, silver or gold-rosé are also shown to their best advantage in larger sizes. Tree details can be depicted almost true to scale.
If you think that green might be the most obvious choice for botanical wallpaper, you are of course right. But black-and-white, gold, blue, black and grey are also fabulous colours for private, commercial and public spaces.
Filigree details such as the finest leaf veins or tree structures can be worked out particularly well in black and white. Botanical designs in this colour scheme exude subtle elegance. They appear both puristic and modern.
When the plant world is "gilded", an indescribable feeling of luxury is the result. Every leaf, every bud, every branch has a luxurious touch. In combination with unusual botanical designs, the term "gold rush" gets a completely new meaning.
Blue in its darker nuances symbolises magic, power and mystery and exudes a pleasant coolness. Blue is also the colour of harmony and well-being, and in the plant world it represents uniqueness.
Green is the symbolic (and real) colour of nature and stands for growth and new beginnings. In Botany wallpapers, green shades from light to dark are a main feature. Dark green, yellow-green and blue-green are the most popular hues for botanical wallpaper.
Black creates depth and exudes excitement. It provides the perfect camouflage and is always good for a surprise. In botanical designs, this achromatic "colour" is often mixed with bright or dark colours.
Grey carries a certain lightness, has a balancing effect and highlights other coloured elements in the design. It creates movement and prevents monotony. Tone-in-tone with white and black elements, grey plant motifs appear poetically soft.
The bathroom becomes a tropical oasis of well-being and offers a short respite from everyday life. In bedrooms and dining rooms, botanical wallpapers create an atmospheric ambience, too.
Take time out and relax in your bathroom and create an exotic holiday backdrop - it's easy with botanical wallpaper that takes you into the South American rainforest or the Caribbean jungle. Spectacular worlds of sea plants invite you to embark on a voyage of discovery.
While you fall asleep, visually and mentally you can roam through a mythical forest or gently be covered with soft palm fronds. Quiet sceneries with high trees, winding moss paths, and softly drawn bushes carry you off into the realm of dreams. Delicate tendrils add a romantic touch. Art Deco botany elements provide a luxurious touch.
Stylised leaves in a funky geometric retro pattern are an appetising feature in any modern dining room. Alternatively, fruity tropical plants and colourful parrots cater for more exotic tastes. Flowering cherry or almond trees appeal to both the eyes and our sense of taste. Bon appétit!
In romantic and natural wallpaper styles, botanical motifs provide truly harmonious elements. They are especially popular for modern looks, Art Deco and the Scandinavian look.
Individual leaves in an abstract design or in a new form take priority in modern designs. High treetops in black-and-white convey purism and infinite freedom. These are just a few examples of contemporary interpretations of botanical patterns, but the current zeitgeist always determines the exact direction.
In Art Deco designs, delicate plant elements are combined with geometric shapes or form fascinating geometric patterns themselves. The fans, arches, rows, etc. seem to move in a free-flowing manner.
Scandinavian design concentrates on the essentials and thus botanical wallpaper patterns of this genre generally appear rather minimalistic with clear lines. Stylised leaves are a popular pattern element, often in zesty colours which complement white and all lighter nuances.
Botanical wallpaper designs make for atmospheric wall designs that look natural and contemporary. Even a tropical paradise can be tastefully realised within your own four walls.
Atmospheric wall design
Whether it's delicate leaf tendrils, flowering fruit trees or a sea of different plants combined in one wallpaper: Botanical wallpaper triggers pleasant feelings, it's enchantingly attractive and invites you to dream. From the colourful wild meadow next door to the tropical island of Hawaii, everything is possible in terms of design.
A tropical paradise in your home
Create a tropical paradise in your bathroom, bedroom, living room or kitchen. Matching wallpaper motifs instantly transform a simple room into a holiday oasis. Pattern elements such as palm trees, birds of paradise and tropical fruits contribute to this effect, as do bright tropical colours that guarantee a good mood.
Natural and contemporary
Botanical designs lose none of their naturalness in a stylised and abstract representation or with unusual colours and effects. They also move with the times and thus adapt to the current zeitgeist.
- Green oasis feature wall: Create a green oasis of calm with a feature wall in the living room or dining room. Choose a large-scale leaf design, e.g. palm trees, ferns, various luxuriant plant elements in darker or lighter shades of green. Real pot plants complete the natural ambience.
- Robinson's paradise in the bathroom: Adorn all the walls of your bathroom with a trendy tropical wallpaper. Hey presto! You'll feel like Robinson Crusoe on his dream island. Blue, green, orange, pink and yellow are the dominant colours. Choose decorative objects like sand in glasses or bowls, raffia mats and colour-coordinated towels.
- XXL botanical artwork: Choose a wallpaper model with a botanical design inspired by the works of Old Masters like Klimt, Van Gogh or Monet. Apply several length of wallpaper next to each other so that the motif can easily be recognised. To the left and right, above and below the wallpaper, keep about half a meter free. The area around the pattern wallpaper is then painted or "filled" with plain wallpaper in a matching colour. Now frame the picture with beautiful wooden slats. This will cleverly conceal the borders.
- Leaves in silver and pearlescent shine: How about a plethora of luxurious leaves in the bedroom or dressing room? Exotic types of leaves or palm fronds (e.g. monstera) are particularly suitable for this project. Grey-white and golden beige are stunning colours, especially when they are enhanced by glass beads, flock fibres and shimmering effects.