If you love scouring Instagram for new trends as much as we do, then the term “jungalow” has probably been on your radar for quite some time now. But what exactly does it mean?
As the name suggests, jungalow is a combination of “jungle” and “bungalow”—which come together to create a style so dreamy and bohemian that even years after it first took the internet by storm, we’re still obsessed with it.
So if you’ve been waiting for a sign to turn your home into a magic treehouse, this might just be it. Keep reading for all the details on the jungalow trend, and how you can re-create the look in your home.
‘Jungalow’ style defined
One of the reasons we love jungalow style is how exotic it seems, with designs that overflow in lush greenery and colorful bohemian textures. So it might come as a surprise that the trend was actually started in the U.S. by Los Angeles–based designer Justina Blakeney.
Ever since Blakeney first started her Jjungalow blog over 10 years ago, there has been a steady stream of design accounts popping up on social media with their take on this whimsical trend.
“The jungalow trend is best described as modern bohemian,” explains Shauna Glenn of Shauna Glenn Design. “Elements of the jungalow trend include bold colors, pattern mixing, global influences in textiles, lighting, or patterns, and the infusion of natural or faux plants. It’s a mix of old and new, but in an updated way.”
We asked Glenn to name a few of her favorites.
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How to make your home a jungalow dream
Before you rush out to buy every last plant from your local nursery, hear this: Jungalow isn’t just about the greenery; it’s also about the magical bohemian aesthetic. We asked the experts to give us some examples.
“Jungalow style encourages you to use pops of vibrant color and incorporate vintage furniture in your room designs,” says designer Jaime D. Huffman of Charleston Blonde. “Picture bamboo, wicker, and rattan vintage pieces. I love to combine white walls with bold tropical wallpaper for an accent wall. Jungalow designs bring nature into the home—think banana leaf plants and lots of fun greenery.”
Since some of our favorite jungalow designs appear in the rooms we tend to spend the most time in, we thought we’d help you get started re-creating a few of these looks in your home. Here are a few wish list items from our designers that will make all your jungalow dreams come true.
Jungalow in the living room
“The jungalow room might include a vintage Persian rug, Moroccan-style lanterns, a modern sofa with kilim pillows, and a velvet chaise all surrounded by indoor trees and flowering plants,” says Glenn.
Jungalow in the bedroom
“A fun rattan headboard is a great start,” Huffman says. “Bring in a beautiful banana leaf wallpaper for an accent wall. Then add wicker baskets; vibrant, bold throw pillows; and plants.”
The final word
No matter how deeply you decide to venture into the jungalow trend, be sure to have fun with it.
“Don’t take your decor too seriously,” Glenn says. “Jungalow is as much about easy and fun as it is about color and pattern. Create a space you can’t wait to get home to hang out in.”
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