Spell out your wanderlust on your walls with international interiors inspiration
With more and more of us travelling regularly to previously far-flung holiday destinations (or living abroad, of course), the trend for globally influenced interiors has grown. And whether you’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the world, or you just dream of doing so, it makes sense to use their influence as inspiration for your own home.
For a simple starting point, paint is the quickest way to transform your space. Colour can easily be undone, so don’t be afraid to experiment with rich jewel tones, tropical brights or warm, spicy shades. As well as a offering a vast range of colours, Jotun’s Lady Design paint effects range includes the two-tone Tribal Weave, pictured, which will add textural depth to your walls and a natural feel to your space.
If you have a flair for the dramatic, there’s a host of fabulous wallpapers out there for consideration, featuring everything from Amazonian scenes through to Sanderson’s quirky-yetglamorous black and gold pineapple print which is guaranteed to raise a smile. Don’t feel tied to conventional palettes either – many wallpapers and fabrics come in a number of colourways so you can choose the one that works best with your existing scheme. Blue palm trees and pink elephants are all the more striking because they are unexpected.
If you prefer a more neutral space, simply adding plants and accessories in a range of verdant hues will give a subtle botanical vibe. With both ‘kale’ and ‘greenery’ featuring on the Pantone Color Institute’s 2017 trend report, green is most definitely having a moment. Home Centre stocks some fabulous leafy fauxs that are both reasonably priced and require no care
whatsoever – a win-win for anyone whose fingers are more cursed than green. Continuing the theme, Rolf Benz’s luxurious velvet bench shows how a splash of green can add life, warmth and sophistication to a space.
Never underestimate the impact of texture. If you want to give your home a tropical feel without appearing too themed, focus on adding natural materials such as wicker, linen, teak and seagrass. If you’re prepared to really take a walk on the wild side then hide, tassels, feathers and beads can all feature in your scheme.
Lattice, batik and ikat patterns are all suggestive of different parts of the world and can be used individually to add interest, or together to achieve an eclectic look. Nothing says ‘safari’ like animal print and, of course, palm leaf patterns are enjoying huge popularity. Looking for something different? Try including some alternative exotic motifs such as dainty dragonflies illustrated in fine detail, or painterly bird of paradise flowers.
If you don’t want to commit to major changes in your home, simply adding globally influenced lighting, accessories or art can effect a significant change. There are a growing number of independent, UAE-based Interiors brands who supply handmade, ethically produced furniture and decor sourced from across the globe, not only allowing you to add unique touches to your home, but providing a source of income to local communities in a host of developing nations and to skilled craftsmen using traditional methods. As an example, the Indonesian beaded necklaces from Abode Lifestyle, pictured, are based on heritage ceremonial designs and are made by families working in their own homes.
So, whether it is the lush greenery of the tropics, the vibrancy of Asia or the untamed African wilderness that appeals, the good news is that there are many ways to add those exotic touches without getting on a plane and exceeding your baggage allowance on the way home!
Bench, Rolf Benz, Dhs8,889
Tribal Weave paint, Jotun, from Dhs140 per square metre
Necklaces, Abode Lifestyle, from Dhs495
Wallpaper, Sanderson, Dhs280 per roll