Who wouldn’t be inspired by the vibrant colours and exotic scents of a packed souk, or the fabulous hand-crafted goods found in little sunsoaked villages?
Nowadays we’re all travellers, and it’s having a distinct impact on our home décor. This season, look out for gorgeous woven fabrics, a rainbow of colours and some seriously textured and distressed woods making a statement in the living room.
Take the Tahiti daybed from Fishpools. A fabulous globe packed with cushions, it’s an amazing place to relax outdoors, and its woven surface reminds us of baskets and comfy, slouchy chairs looking out over a tropical sunset.
Cushions are an ideal way to add ethnic touches to your room – look out in particular for ones made from kelims, which are hand-woven rugs. Each one is individual, and you can feel confident that you have a unique accessory.
Barker and Stonehouse have take the idea of recycling exotic fabrics one step further, and are covering their British-made Quetta chair with vintage Suzani throws – these are richly embroidered in Central Asian countries and celebrate joyous life events such as weddings.
While each of these chairs is a real work of art, you could get a similar look in your room with a richly-patterned throw from somewhere like Oxfam casually thrown over a chair – and it would also be for a good cause!
This look works well with the kind of weather-worn shades you find in buildings and wood that have been out in the sun and rain for years. Seek out soft shades of buttermilk and dove grey for your walls, or warm terracottas.
Texture plays an important part in creating a successful travel-inspired look – I think that’s because we continue to dream of sand beneath our toes, sun-warmed wooden floorboards and rough woollen blankets long after our journey is over.
Accessories are important and should be pretty – we love this red tribal style jar and funky fish-patterned dish from HomeSense at TK Maxx; cute and budget-conscious, too.
The traveller look is a highly personal one, and should reflect your own life’s journeys, of course. There’s plenty of room in this interior design scheme for your own personal finds – the shells from that wonderful beach, the pebbles from the killer mountain path, the woven basket from that gorgeous whitewashed village.
Isn’t it wonderful when you can have a trip around your own life adventures while still sitting in your lovely living room?