The aftermath of the festive season can leave your home looking, and feeling, a little bare, so now is the perfect time to invest in some new soft furnishings and gorgeous accessories to dress it up and bring your contemporary sofas or dining tables back to life.
One of the most interesting trends this year is the global traveller. A blend of cultures, themes and materials, it’s about collecting and bringing beautiful pieces together from all over the world.
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Ideally we would all be able to pair the stunning silk hand-embroidered rug we sourced in Malaysia with the clay pot picked up at a fabulous little market in South Africa, but in today’s economy, expensive travel is just not an option for the majority of us.
Take these Starbay Malindi baskets from Barker and Stonehouse for instance. Beautifully rendered in rattan with leather trim handles, a cloth inner lining and brass hardware, they are sturdy and practical but have a gorgeous eastern look about them.
Put them on the floor next to your contemporary sofa to keep your magazines and books in. Or fill with elegant silk orchids or vibrant flowers and place either side of chest of drawers in a bedroom for instant glamour.
Layering and mixing cultures
Remember, the traveller trend is all about mixing cultures and influences, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Layering decorative patterns and rich colours will give you an eastern feel so go for plenty of silks in hot colours such as fucshia and gold in between delicate prints and bolder designs. Bright colours look particularly striking against minimalist pieces so experiment with rich silks on your contemporary sofa, or runners on your dining table.
To give your traveller’s paradise a touch of tribal style, try a rug with a Navajo or Ikat pattern. The Royal Kashqai rugs are a special order item from Barker and Stonehouse and come in a range of traditional and tribal designs. The Kash-06, with its earthy tones and eye catching Navajo-esque pattern is a beautiful piece and will look stunning against a background of colour and cultural influences.
Decorative items or souvenir pieces are key to this look so use lots of pots and ceramics in your displays.
The jagged edge and gradual colouration of Barker and Stonehouse’s Rough cast bowls lend them a rustic feel, perfect for a centre piece on your dining table, or fill with tea lights and place on a chest of drawers.
Finally, displaying world maps on your walls, or even better, showcasing a decorative globe will boost your traveller credentials.
So, whether you long for the open seas and distant shores or are more of a homebody at heart, this season, give your home that well-travelled look.