Global style speaks to many of us on an emotional level. When done well, it creates a connection to our common human history. Iconic elements such as rich fabrics, carved wood, aged rugs and graphic tiles create a polished, curated aesthetic.
For those lucky enough to be world travelers, hunting down treasures to bring home as memories can be one of the most fun aspects of a trip. However, even if you have never left your hometown, you can create a global style. The ability to shop online opens a world of possibilities for finding home furnishings from around the world. By following three simple steps you can create a well-traveled look for your home:
Step One: Lay the foundation with furnishings, textiles and tile
Texture, pattern and color are key elements to create a background and sense of place for global design.
To create a Moroccan aesthetic for this patio, designer Betsy Burnham mixes rattan furniture from Kingsley-Bates, a vintage day bed and an African table.
An important element of global design is animal prints. Designer Briana Nix’s use of this Organic Modernism credenza for a Bohemian Bachelor Pad is a unique way to bring this aesthetic to the space.
In this nook, Duet Design Group’s fusion of a Global Views American Oak chest and an Indian-style mirror curate a calm tableau.
Global textiles can range from bold and graphic to muted and neutral. Regardless of your choice, they add personality and polish to any space.
David Duncan Livingston
Designer Alden Miller repurposes one of the homeowner’s Kantha Quilts to upholster the headboard in this tranquil bedroom.
Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo’s use of bold pillows and Casamance Ikat-print wallpaper create a sophisticated feeling in her bedroom.
The bedroom décor was influenced by my trips to India. The colors, textures and bling of India are romantic, soft and vibrant, all at the same time. I use two boutiques as my go-to for Indian bedding. The one I use most often is Second Floor Studio owned by a dear friend of mine, Punit Jasuja.
Mix colors, pattern and texture to create a global feel.
For this show-stopping staircase, designer Betsy Burnham blends modern and global by using typical Moroccan-style tile from Country Floors, but limiting the number of colors and patterns.
Step Two: Accessorize
Pottery, travel books, baskets and carvings are all hallmarks of global design.
Fanny Abbes beautifully mixes modern art and global details in this Chelsea duplex.
For a Chicago art collector’s home, Emily Mackie places pottery and wood carvings on an asian-style étagère.
In designer Benni Amadi’s living room, photographs above the console by Lyle Owerko depicting the Samburu tribe carry out the global theme of this space.
Step Three: Bring it all together with layering
Heidi Caillier layers a comfortable West Elm rug with Moroccan poufs, a rattan chair and blue textiles to produce a welcoming space in this Seattle family room.
Bold tribal fabrics, an organic coffee table and a wood sculpture create a fresh and sophisticated living space designed by Briana Nix.
This beautiful living room designed by Rose Schneider demonstrates how layering unique furnishings, textiles and organic accessories can create a well-traveled aesthetic without ever feeling kitschy.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller