No matter where you live, the local surroundings and influences aren’t the only ones you can let into your home. Be inspired by all the different looks, textures and vibes of places from around the world. It might be the boldness of a Moroccan rug shop or the sleekness of a Scandinavian coffee shop! Or it could be the colour schemes of a very specific group of islands. Whatever it is, you too can bring elements into your home improvements and create a similar style. Read on to find out how.
So, do you want to renovate one room or the entire house? Whichever your aim is, read on for three destinations around the world who can majorly influence your home’s interior design.
In Morocco, it is all about the souks. These are small, independent market-style stalls; all huddled together. In Marrakech, for example, you’ll find hundreds right by main square Jemaa El Fna. Inside these places is like stepping into Aladdin’s cave. The products will all have been hand-crafted and constructed local, often by the people running the shop. You’ll find intricate rugs, hand-painted lampshades and candle holders. These will be alongside plates, bowls and lanterns with complex, traditional designs on them and unique tiles.
For a Morocco-inspired room, it is all about eclecticism and variety. The colours you’ll need are rich and warm; think reds, oranges, browns and gold. Place a traditional throw over your sofa and scatter cushions with covers that have been hand-sewn.
Being part of Scandinavia, Swedish interior design is pared back and uber-sleek. The colours are muted and pale, with white and grey playing a very large part. The spaces are also very usable; with easy-to-open cupboards and touch-sensitive lamps. This usability and makes the Scandinavian style ideal for if you want to do a full house renovation, rather than just a room or two. Take a look at milliondollarmakeovers.net.au if you want to go down this exciting path! Having an interior design style from the off will give you and your team something solid to work towards.
If you’ve ever seen a photograph of places like Santorini and Mykonos, you’ll know that the Greek Islands are all about their blue and white. The white came about in order to keep homes cool in the hot summers. At one point, in Santorini, it actually became law that all houses were painted white. The blue, on the other hand, is said to reflect the sea and the sky. That being said, it is a very specific type of blue. Find a suitable colour swatch and then work to this.
If you want to design a room with a Greek influence, the easiest way is for it to consist of these two colours and these alone. One way would be to paint the walls white and have white cupboards and floors. You can then accentuate with a blue sofa, white cushions and a blue and white rug. Then just crack open the windows and it will be like you’ve been transported to Santorini in August…