Add a splash of Rio
Be bold, brilliant and bright and give yourself gold
WHILE most of us will be flat out, going for gold on the sofa as we watch the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this iconic event has added fuel to a new global trend that is sweeping across the world, the red hot Rio look.
In the interiors world, Rio has inspired a trend of being bold, with spaces reflecting brilliant and bright colours, patterns and textures that come together to create a carnival-like mood.
In a nod to the indigenous cultures of South America, Rio interiors also introduces a historical cultural transformation that aims to solve social issues through art and design.
The Rio look encompasses the traditional Brazilian style of cleverly repurposing otherwise discarded materials.
The best use of repurposed creations showcases everyday items such as lamps, made from plastic and other recycled objects. Found objects are also reused for the creation of funky furniture and furnishings that are usually combined with densely tropical patterned fabrics.
Exotic jungle prints, psychedelic colours and classic seventies-style are all part of the Rio look. There’s also rattan, along with the use of other natural materials such as driftwood.
The real beauty of the Rio look is the inherent showcasing of imperfections and eclectic aesthetics. Rio style also brings the beauty of the outdoors indoor, so you could expect to see furnished outdoor garden rooms and home decor with a festive tropical beach vibe. To create your own Rio style, look out for natural rustic materials and the use of brave colours such as fuchsias, tropical greens, aqua, indigo and wild canary yellows.
The Rio look is best imagined as full Technicolor ’50s Hollywood – on steroids with a contemporary and tropical twist.
A luxurious house at Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro offers inspiration for Rio-inspried decor.