Chan­nel your trav­els

Feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous? Gabrielle Fagan helps you chan­nel no­madic travel-in­spired themes

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS -

Some trends suit those who like to play it safe, but ‘No­madic Mod­ern’ cer­tainly isn’t one of them. This is a decor di­rec­tion for those who want to push the cre­ative bound­aries, are open to in­spi­ra­tions from all over the world and love cu­rat­ing their ex­otic trea­sures into schemes which ooze per­son­al­ity.

Tempted? There are three key routes avail­able if you want to jour­ney to this style des­ti­na­tion, and join the no­madic decor tribe.

If you’re an in­trepid ad­ven­turer, show off your sou­venirs in a colour­ful, quirky way with a dash of bo­hemian, or sim­ply but subtly pick up on trib- al pat­terns and layer them against an earthy, rich colour palette.

Al­ter­na­tively, the stay-at-home but stylish could opt for a so­phis­ti­cated, uber-con­tem­po­rary scheme that just hints at global glam­our.

Be ad­ven­tur­ous and take a style jour­ney — no pass­port re­quired! Just fol­low the ex­perts’ sim­ple guide to join­ing the global gang...

Let tex­tiles tell a far­away story, says Way­fair stylist Na­dia McCowan Hill

“If one word de­fines this trend, it’s tex­tiles, tex­tiles, tex­tiles! From chunky Moroc­can pouffes to scat­ter cush­ions in tribal prints, wo­ven ac­ces­sories are the surest way to bring to life the no­madic look,” en­thuses Na­dia McCowan Hill, res­i­dent style ad­viser at Way­fair.

“Don’t be afraid of vi­brant hues or colour-clash­ing, as this trend is re­served for the bold. Bear in mind though, that the look should be eclec­tic and fresh, rather than rigidly de­voted to a sin­gle style. Ac­cents of metallics, such as a golden sun­burst mir­ror or a bronze or cop­per lantern or tray, can add an es­sen­tial touch of glam­our and rich­ness.”

Abun­dant green­ery is an es­sen­tial fin­ish­ing touch, adds McCowan Hill, who sug­gests lav­ish­ing lus­cious fo­liage on a home, from el­e­gant palms to trail­ing hang­ing plants. TRIBAL TIP: This is a great op­por­tu­nity to show off your most prized trea­sures. Dig out trin­kets and re­minders of long-for­got­ten trips and dis­play on a striking dec­o­ra­tive tray or cof­fee ta­ble.

Take it tribal, says de­signer Abi­gail Ah­ern

“I’m a big fan of no­madic style be­cause it’s un­con­ven­tional, artis­tic and re­laxed,” de­clares Ah­ern, who has a new col­lec­tion of cur­tains and cush­ions for win­dows and blinds spe­cial­ists Hil­larys.

“All it takes are three sim­ple steps to pull it off. First, mix in tribal pat­terns in small ways through cur­tains, blinds, cush­ions, ac­ces­sories. Th­ese are the hall­mark of this style and I tend to plump for sub­dued hues, like su­per-cool noirs, browns and olives.” Se­condly, she sug­gests, in­tro­duce an in­fu­sion of nat­u­ral and raw ma­te­ri­als, such as wood, rat­tan and hemp — think bas­kets, rugs, planters and foot stools. Fi­nally, she adds: “Use vin­tage pieces as an in­ter­est­ing and unique mix, es­pe­cially if you keep the palette re­strained so that it uni­fies the scheme.” If too many cush­ions cramp your seat­ing or sleep­ing style, take a tip from Ah­ern’s home and dis­play them hooked on a metal rail, rather like jew­ellery for the home. TRIBAL TIP: Ac­ces­sories are the equiv­a­lent of a five-minute facelift for decor and one of the eas­i­est ways to turn rooms around, notes Ah­ern. “Cush­ions are a game-changer, es­pe­cially on beds and so­fas,” she says. “Even bet­ter if they’re em­bel­lished with fring­ing, as it shouts in­stant no­madic style.”

Get earthy, says Kris Manalo, up­hol­stery buyer at Heal’s

“This look al­lows peo­ple to truly ex­plore, and have the free­dom to cre­ate their own style,” says Manalo, up­hol­stery buyer at Heal’s.

“The no­madic trend fuses in­flu­ences from every cor­ner of the globe, to cap­ture a won­der­ful sense of warmth, com­fort and style. Cap­ture el­e­ments of it by lay­er­ing earthy, ter­ra­cotta tones against re­fined neu­trals,” she sug­gests.

“Bring per­son­al­ity with bold tribal prints and rich, wooden fin­ishes. Pair vin­tage pieces with con­tem­po­rary up­dates for an added layer of in­ter­est, and for a dis­tinc­tively per­sonal touch, look for hand-crafted ac­ces­sories, which will give an or­ganic sense of in­di­vid­u­al­ity to a room.” TRIBAL TIP: Style with lux­ury ma­te­ri­als — but­tery leathers, knub­bly knit­ted throws and cash­mere cush­ions are ideal — to cre­ate a cosy, in­ti­mate and so­phis­ti­cated sanc­tu­ary.

Hand­made rug, £122.99; side ta­ble, cur­rently re­duced to £46.25; Az­cona panel bed frame, £399.99; Cor­puz em­broi­dered Lum­bar Cush­ion, £33.99, all Way­fair. Left, globe world map cup­board knob, £3.95, Pushka Home

Arm­chair, cur­rently re­duced to £300, IanSnow; right, can­vas stor­age psots, cur­rently re­duced to £17.60, Bo­hemia De­sign. Far right, faux cac­tus, £24.50, The Farthing

Top, cush­ion, £45, Post­cards Home, (above) cush­ion, £69, Heal’s

Navaho patch­work ele­phant head, cur­rently re­duced to £56, Hurn & Hurn

Ashanti Chest of Draw­ers, £499, Atkin &Thyme. Be­low, cush­ion, £18, Dunelm

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