Add a splash of Rio

Be bold, bril­liant and bright and give your­self gold

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

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.

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