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Exploration Through Interiors: The Designs Taking Us Places

12th July 2021

Recreate the excitement of a Latin American carnival or the heady atmosphere of a spice-filled souk with these beautiful wanderlust interior design ideas by countries and cultures across the globe...

The Mediterranean

Wanderlust Interior Design Ideas
“Who that has ever visited the borders of this classic sea, has not felt at the first sight of its waters a glow of reverent rapture akin to devotion, and an instinctive sensation of thanksgiving at being permitted to stand before these hallowed waves?”

Edward Forbes

The Mediterranean offers-up endless inspiration, from the Renaissance architecture of Venice to the ancient ruins of Greece. It has a timeless and instantly recognisable colour palette inspired by glittering turquoise waters and the sun-baked patinas of oceanside villages. There's rich terracotta, lemon yellow and sun-bleached grey in contrast to deep ocean blues and greens. Pattern is subtle yet striking, seen in the form of intricate tilework, climbing trellises and laid-back beachy stripes, resulting in a comfortable and effortlessly stylish look with a lovely ‘lived-in’ quality.

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Northern Africa

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“To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines.”

Edith Wharton

Whether traversing Saharan dunes or enjoying the cool shade of a Moroccan Kasbah, the magical landscape of the Maghreb is utterly captivating. Designs inspired by this region contain an abundance of detail, paying homage to the decoration seen on palaces, mosques and even humble doorways. Earthy shades are paired with cool metallic tones, creating a regal, eye-catching look that suits both small and large rooms.

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“Mexico is a mosaic of different realities and beauties.”

Enrique Pena Nieto

Designs inspired by Mexico are vibrant and varied, much like the country’s heritage. Inspired by the textiles, pottery and artwork created by local craftspeople, designs have a distinctly ‘hand-crafted’ feel. These are celebrated through beautiful embroideries, striking weaves and painterly prints. Mexico’s unique landscape is also admired, in a palette of dusty oranges, fiery chilli reds and lush cactus greens.

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“Second only to the sea, the Miami sky has been the greatest comfort in my life past 50. On a good day, when the wind blows from the south, the light here is diffuse and forgiving.”

Iggy Pop

Miami is unlike any other place on earth, so it’s no wonder we find ourselves so entranced by it. A metropolis that combines the glitz of the party scene with the relaxed vibes of the beach, all swathed in a 1950s palette of pastel shades and mouth-watering hues. Miami offers fun and sophistication in one stylish package. Motifs are inspired by the swaying palms of South Beach, the clean geometric lines of Miami’s Art Deco heritage, and of course, the iconic flamingo. Flashes of metallic echo the neon lights and glamorous clientele that inhabit the famous strip.

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Latin America

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“They have a joy for life in Brazil unlike any country I’ve ever seen.”

Morena Baccarin

The explosion of colours from Latin American hail from the bustle of urban spaces and the untouched beauty of the continent’s greatest natural wonders. Patterns are bold and busy, imitating the dense Amazonian rainforest, teeming with tropical birds, insects, exotic flowers and foliage, in rich multi-colour, adding fun to any space. Geometrics also feature, capturing the spirited ambience of a street carnival, dance hall or underground salsa club, alive with an eclectic mix of sounds and rhythms.

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“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”

Chinese Proverb

Chinoiserie design is one of the oldest in the world and continues to inspire. The celebration of nature sees an abundance of flowers in sprawling tree of life designs. Birds and dragons are also brought to life with a celebration of their majesty. Blood orange is often contrasted with jewel tones and metallic hues for opulent interiors.

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