Have you ever been awed by a colorful fabric or wallpaper panel featuring a soaring tree with bold, exotic flowers, abundant leaves and arching branches? You may have spotted a tree of life pattern. Originating in India in the 17th century, this motif was often used on palampore (bed hangings or coverings), and featured birds, animals and flowers surrounding a single tree. Later, as textiles were exported to the western world, the tree of life pattern was adapted to fit European tastes.
We carry quite a few products featuring the tree of life at DecoratorsBest, and we’ve compiled some expert advice on how to use them in your home.
In designer Mark D. Sikes’ Mediterranean-influenced Hollywood Hills home, a guest room is draped with tree of life from floor to ceiling, with the same fabric used on the bed hangings, walls, window treatments and even upholstered chairs and ottomans.
We spoke with Mark about this room, and his tip for using tree of life was simple: “Use it everywhere.”
“Because the pattern is so beautiful and the repeat so large, using it everywhere really focuses the room on the tree of life pattern and print. Sometimes all you really need is one thing!”
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