One of the most distinct interior trends for 2014 has been incorporating a global element into your home.
I love the idea of travelling the world, finding hidden gems on great escapes and bringing back unique, one off pieces to add charm and character to my home.
Creating this look without the air miles is incredibly easy now – in fact, it’s effortless, and something very much achievable. Many furniture designers are finding inspiration in far flung places and incorporating ethnic fabrics, reclaimed woods from afar and bold prints into their collections, making it easy to create a well-travelled look in your home without having to travel the world.
The great thing about going global with your own home is that you can make it as subtle or as daring as you like, you can completely redesign a room, or simply add a hint of exoticism from overseas by using the right key accessories.
Start with an eye-catching piece and then build your accessories and colour scheme around it. The Cadiz bar cart makes a great starting point, it channels both industrial charm and a hint of Americana, and is a great addition to any kitchen or dining area. The metal castors mean that the Cadiz can, if needed, be moved around the home to match your entertaining needs, and the painted red top adds a fun pop of colour; perfect for the cocktail hour!
The Titan three pendant lamp with its aluminium casting is an original 1940s design with heaps of industrial Americana appeal. Team together with the Cadiz bar cart for an eye-catching dining experience that’s sure to have your guests checking your passport to see where you’ve been on your travels.
To continue on an Americana theme, the Timothy Oulton range at Barker and Stonehouse has some fantastic pieces. One of my favourites is the American Locker range which features retro-styled lockers, drawers, medicine cabinets and old school desks. These lockers, available at Barker and Stonehouse, are made from buffed steel and come complete with brass hinges and working locks. They’re full of wit and playfulness and are a great, quirky storage solution.
The stylish tan leather of the Dillon high-back sofa blends in well with this bold interior scheme that’s packed with well-travelled charm. If leather isn’t really your style, the Boleyn grand sofa with its velvet allure would work equally as well.
Bright, patterned accessories such as the Kelim cushions are spot on for an eclectic feel, and when piled high on the Dillon or Boleyn sofas they have real visual impact.
Team with a rich, deep colour on the walls to pull the look together. My new favourite is Railings from Farrow and Ball – team this dark grey paint with an exposed, sanded wood floor for an industrial take on going global. Soften the look with beautiful woven rugs from afar.
Of course, you can add many of your own treasures to this trend, the beauty of going global with your style is that it’s something unique and individual, that you can add to after each trip.