Global no­mad

Spell out your wan­der­lust on your walls with in­ter­na­tional in­te­ri­ors in­spi­ra­tion

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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

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