Decorating With Faux & Fresh Palm Fronds

Looking for a simple way to add a tropical feel to a home for summer? Try adding in some faux or fresh cut palm fronds. Oversized banana palms can add drama to a console table. Fronds that are more finger like, can add a feathery texture to a side tablescape or dining area. An added bonus: Palm leaf decor lasts much longer than flowers. A fresh cut palm placed in a water filler container can last 2 to 4 weeks. Here's a few clippings and ideas of how and where to use palm fronds when decorating for summer...

LOVE India Hicks Island Style for summer.
Great for a seating area...

Palms can give a little life to a dining area...

Welcome guests with a tropical entry vignette...

Or even added to a bedroom suite for sweet summer dreams.

Palms, for identification purposes, can be divided into two major groups: those that have palmate or fan-shaped leaves; and those that have pinnate, or feather-shaped leaves. The palmate-leaved species are characterized by a leaf structure in which all leaf segments arise from a single point, similar to the structure of a human hand. Pinnate leaves are characterized by leaves along each side of a central axis, similar in design to that of a feather. Learn more fun facts about palms at

Here's a few pics of how I've used palms when
Decorating For Summer...

Palmate Palms from a bird of paradise...

Paired with bleached curly willow, white vases, and a conch in a cylinder.
As an alternative to sand, try coffee beans as a glass filler.

Console table: thrift. Lamps on console: Ikea. White vases & large glass cylinder: HomeGoods. Ottomans online. Bench Target. Frames: mixed home-stores. Other accessories - client had.

Faux, fresh or photographed - palms can add life to a space...

Bamboo fronds are just as feathery...

Faux or fresh palms remix well with books...

Yes... palm fronds even made their way to
the ColorSplash Studio after its makeover ;-)

Julie - the producer of ColorSplash watching her
screen to see what you'll see before you see it ;-)

Sneak Peek at my refreshed summer dining space...
I washed over the apple green walls, brought the ferns out to the patio, and added palms to turquoise glass bottles.

Tablestyling with palm fronds...

Minimal accessorizing with a single palm in 2007...
(silver urn from HomeGoods)

Collective accessorizing with a palm in 2011.

 The best part about decorating with fresh cut palms, especially if you live in a tropical state like Florida (or even California) is you can enjoy this dramatic decor for free. Just take a walk around your yard , neighborhood, or keep scissors handy in your car to pull over for some fresh cut fronds. To help palms last long (about 2 to 4 weeks), at least once a week: give it a fresh cut and fresh water (change if turning or just add to it if its still clear).

I love NYC, but in the summer, the Cubanita in me definitely turns to
India Hicks for Island Girl Style and decorating with palm fronds.

Happy Summer Decorating!



  1. Love the green. I'm on my way outside to my yard to cut some Bear's Breech to bring inside. It looks very similar to the philodenron leaves you have pictured. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  3. So Great ideas!seeing leafy green inside your home feels so refreshing and it feels're a natures-lover indeed and the best thing for it is that the space turned out so relaxing and certainly romantic as well!So inspirational Site!

  4. Stunning tables..elegant and classy!Love the green!It's always a pleasure to visit your place.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  5. So nice to meet you! I have never seen a room that couldn't be improved by bringing a little "island" to it! It gives those of us who are landlocked a chance to dream :) I look forward to visiting and perusing your beautiful blog. Thanks for stopping by to see the party!

  6. Beautiful hope you will join my party.

    I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    come strut your stuff

  7. Beautiful--love this look and hadn't thought about using these before. Thanks so much for linking to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week!



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