Monday, April 7, 2014

5 Ways To Add Global Flair to Your Space

It was love at first sight when I saw this headboard in a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine.  Talk about a show stopper!  The gorgeous curves and lines, the elaborate architectural detail, and the finish of this Thai screen turned headboard from are stunning! Those unique details plus the fact that an upholstered velvet backing was added create a completely one-of-a-kind look in this bedroom. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This look is a great example of Global Chic done right.
In interior design, Global Chic typically refers to a blending and layering of contemporary, polished home decor with global influence and often employs the use of graphic patterns.  A good mix of global elements and natural materials, exotic textiles, and accent pieces with a rustic finish give a space depth and character and are key to creating a Global Chic look. 

Here are 5 simple ways to add some Global Sophistication to your space:
  1. Layer Your Rugs. Try layering rugs of different texture and/or pattern to add visual interest and to enrich the look of the space.
  2. Use textiles (pillows, throws, drapes, etc.) with graphic pattern and rich color like the Suzani pillows seen here.
  3. Incorporate accents made out of natural materials like hand carved wood.  Rustic and intricately carved pieces such as this artisanal mango wood coffee table.
  4. Anchor the space with neutrals.  Global chic isn't about filling your space with internationally inspired trinkets.  To successfully pull off the look, select and pair exotic accents with more classic, clean-lined furniture and neutral pieces.  This will anchor your space as seen in this photo below.
  5. Use artifacts and pieces from different countries and cultures to help create a well-traveled, one-of-a-kind look. 
Need inspiration for your global chic update? Need help adding some global flair to a space? Contact me here.

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