Written on July 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm , by Kate
Travel abroad is inspiring for all of the sights, sounds, and flavors we experience, but it also has a dramatic impact on the way we decorate our homes. Design elements from the east have influenced interior design over the decades, and internationally inspired accessories are again surging in popularity.
Global inspired textiles possess amazing hues in spice and jewel tones arranged in traditional or bold patterns crafted with threads of saturated color. Many retailers and designers have been so inspired by their own travels they are now including Moroccan or Indian inspired fabrics or accessories in their seasonal collections.
Remaining in the interior design spotlight are quatrefoil and trellis patterns, burnished metals and carved wood furniture. Suzani and Ikat patterns from Asia continue to be as en vogue as Dhurrie and Kilim rugs, block prints from India, and lanterns and pendants with Moorish styling.
Adding colors and patterns inspired by Morocco, Turkey, and India to your home will add an air of the exotic to your spaces. Here are some of my favorite style picks this season!
From top left: Quatrefoil Mirror, Shades of Light, $329; Silver Hanging Lamps, Viva Terra, $295-$485; Marrakesh Tray Table, Pottery Barn, $399; Hexagon Table, Clayton Gray Home, $675; Casablanca Lanterns, Z Gallerie, $15; Metal Ball Pendant, World Market, $70; Marrakech Curtain, Anthropologie, $168; Gold and Blue Wall Panels, Horchow, $975; Gather & Glean Pillow, Anthropologie, $188; Embroidered Suzani Pillow, Sukan on Etsy, $149; Bone Photo Frame, Wisteria, $39; Multicolored Suzani Pillow, John Robshaw, $275; Kilim Floor Pouf, West Elm, $249; Suzani Doormat, Wisteria, $34; Vintage Suzani, Jayson Home, $795; Carved wood daybed, Mosaic House; Vintage Moroccan Carpet, Madeline Wienrib; Antique Settee, Jayson Home, $3,495; Sumba Stool, Serena & Lily $98; Carved Wood Table, World Market, $399; 8 x 10’ Karmen Medallion Rug, Pottery Barn, $799
Raise your hand if you’re a fan of global inspired textiles! Have you brought any internationally inspired decor into your home, or incorporated a favorite accessory from your trip abroad?
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