Tropical laminate from Wilsonart — “Lush Jungle”

Everywhere I turn these days, I see tropical decor and colors. Sure, it’s summer, but I think the trend is more deeply rooted: It’s very 2017, and hooray for us, very retro, too. Wilsonart also spotted the trend, and has jumped on board with their “Lush Jungle” laminate. It’s part of their print-to-order Virtual Design Library, which makes it easier to offer lower-volume laminate designs to selective market niches. (The Retro Renovation® by Wilsonart laminates are also in the Virtual Design Library.)

And as you can see, laminates aren’t just for countertops — you can use them vertically. I’ve been noodling how to fit some into my Mahalo Lounge, but I already have acres of tropical floral going on in my pinch pleats. Still. Hmmmm.

Hey: Big green Monstera Deliciosa leaves on a field of nubbly linen-like cross-hatching: Yum!

Link love: Wilsonart Lush Jungle laminate

  1. Jackie says:

    Do you think a sheet of laminate could work on the wall behind the toilet? I never thought about it before and it sounds like a wonderful idea! Daisy!!

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Hi Jackie, best to ask Wilsonart about this. I would think so “yes”, but again: Ask them.

  2. Sandra says:

    I need a kitchen back splash. I’ll bet I could install this myself. I want something skinny to leave room for the faucet handle, anyway. I’m going for something appropriate in my 1956 house, but at the same time, I like to decorate like my haircuts: I try to make sure you can’t date a photo by the hairstyle.

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      “I like to decorate like my haircuts: I try to make sure you can’t date a photo by the hairstyle.”

      LOVE IT!

  3. Neil says:

    The thing about this beautiful retro jungle pattern is: In a large run (have a look at the full sheet on the website) the repeats emerge and go ho-hum patterny, especially from a distance…..hijacking the eye and ruining the wild, natural esthetic so that it no longer has the soothing foliar lushness that’s so very pleasing about it when viewed up close.
    So, best to use it for smallish areas (the walls in a little powder room, with bamboo poles in the corners and a thatch ceiling? And dig this: Recording of jungle sounds that starts up when the closed door pushes a button on the doorframe….) or larger areas that are broken up into small patches. That’s why it works so well in the approx. 3 X 5 foot expanse in Pam’s first picture up top.

  4. Paige says:

    Yes I’m seeing tropical EVERY WHERE and I’m totally hung up on it. Pool room, dining room and now into my bedroom! Found a couple of tropical lampshades at Home Goods and they are the jumping off point for the bedroom. Fabric Guru.com has got some interesting tropical prints at great prices.

    1. Carol says:

      Richloom Balmoral in Opal outdoor fabric at 8.95/yd. Just made outdoor cushions for a new screened porch. My sis and I are in love with this print. The earthtones in the same print will go on the front porch furniture next. Love everything I’ve purchased from Fabric Guru.

  5. Gerry says:

    Has anyone seen a wallpaper border pattern like this??? Something like this would be great for my kitchen soffits. Get a little tropical vibe going!!

  6. Jay says:

    OHHH! A nice wallpaper pattern rendered in laminate. I like plants and I really like this design but I think the large scale of the pattern lends itself more to expansive open walls. I could see this behind the washer and dryer but I think it would clash with the early American kitchen and its scale is too large for my small backsplash area.

  7. Anne says:

    I am a kitchen designer in a home improvement store. We still do a number of laminate countertops, mainly for bathrooms, rental units and restaurants. In 6 years I have done 3 in a boomerang pattern and 1 from Wilsonarts design library. If a customer is ordering a laminate countertop and paying to have it installed it will end up being about the same as granite. I also see many “before” photos which break my heart that they are being gutted.

  8. Andrea M Withrow says:

    Where I’m from in the Midwest, all new construction uses laminate countertops, unless the homeowner “upgrades”. I used to work for a custom cabinet shop and unless you are buying in stock unit cabinets, it’s about the same price to buy custom cabinets as it is to buy OK unit cabinets. Same for laminate countertops most shops build their own and the price is similar to what the big box stores charge for their in stock cabinets.

    I see this laminate as a spectacular laundry room laminate.

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