Travelling to far-flung destinations has never been easier and more accessible, and many of us have developed a taste for the exotic – which translates well to the interior design of our homes.
With this new trend, the rich surfaces of carved wood find perfect companions in iron, copper and coloured glass. It’s a lavishly layered look, with an eclectic mix of brilliant colours, dazzling patterns and rich, reclaimed woods.
Keep big pieces of furniture simple in colour and style – natural materials of tan leather and brushed cotton work well for sofas and armchairs, allowing you to add in colour with accessories. The Timothy Oulton Scruffy Sofa is made from beautifully distressed Matador leather and is a great starting point. Its exposed leather edge design gives it a modern twist and the soft, squashy seats are the ultimate in comfort.
Pile high with colourful cushions and throws such as this pretty, folksy Jade Cushion. Made from Kantha embroidery from South East Asia, it will certainly brighten up your living room. The Handloom Ikat Pouffe with its bright neon colours is a great addition that would work equally well in a bedroom or lounge.
Don’t worry about clashing colours and patterns, this is the essence of a well-travelled look. Rugs are another key element – the vibrant Hexagonal Rug to really draw the eye to the centre of the room, but kilim and Peruvian patterns work well here too.
Continue the theme of dark, distressed tan leather with the stylish Cavendish Armchair. Richly upholstered with vintage, distressed cigar leather, the reversible seat is upholstered on one side in kilim fabric. Finished with antique-style studding and wood feet, it’s a classic piece that will only look better with age.
For storage and tables, opt for intricately carved pieces with a reclaimed feel, like this Almirah Two-Door Cabinet. From the Little Tree ‘One of a Kind’ range – each piece is uniquely handcrafted, ensuring your piece will be like no-one else’s.
The Mary Rose Two Door Sideboard from Little Tree is another beautiful piece, which gets its nautical name from the reclaimed fishing boat timbers used to create it, some of which is over 150 years old.
Equally, showing off the natural edges and ridges of wood works well, as shown by the eye-catching Caspian Admire set of three teak tables.
Incorporating items from around the world creates a modern, multi-layered style that’s full of soul, helping you to put your own stamp on your home.