When I think of palm trees, images of sand beaches, tropical water, and lazy days pop into my head. Needless to say, I’ve always had a penchant for these trees. So when I came across a tree-lined driveway of these tropical weather trees, I just had to show this early morning image.
A tree often associated with tropical destinations and informality can have the opposite effect of importance, formality, and create a sense of arrival and anticipation when used in repetition.
What’s especially wonderful about using these towering palm trees is the sense of grandeur they impart when driving between them and their versatility that makes them look right at home leading up to a Beverly Hills resort, a seaside home in Hawaii, or in the California countryside as seen here.
The key here is the immense height which gives the sense of importance, the repetition of the same size and shape to create a rhythm and formality, and of course the fact that they’re well maintained.
Duplicating this effect doesn’t have to be limited to palm trees! Any tree or hedge, such as junipers, that are trimmed or shaped in a strong geometric shape and repeated along an entrance will give you this sense of anticipation of arrival, and the taller the tree, the grander the sense of arrival. So go ahead and create your own exclamation point and make a grand entrance!
San Francisco interior designer, Kimball Starr, is a commercial design and residential interior design firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kimball works to “change lives one room at a time” through designing creative and innovative interiors across the country.