As the seasons change, do your ideas on how you wish to decorate your home alter a little too? Do you adopt a bit of a squirrel mentality and find yourself stockpiling various homely items to line your nest for the winter months ahead? The Autumn/Winter ’16 interiors ‘Global Fusion’ trend is definitely one for those with strong hibernating instincts but also for those who want their home to reflect a little of far away places too…
Time for Global Fusion
There is also something incredibly timely about this season’s ‘Global Fusion’ interiors trend – reminding us how the UK always has and always will celebrate the diversity of international culture and design. While the styling for this look is big on cosy as well as being relaxed and unpretentious, it isn’t short on high-quality finish either. ‘Global Fusion’ combines the layering of intricate pattern and texture inspired by different cultures from around the world. Team it with the UK’s continuing fashion for dark walls and you will have this look clinched!
Creating unpredictable style
To my mind some of the most effective interiors are the ones which reflect an aspect of an owner’s life as this instantly gives a home individual personality. It might be the showcasing of souvenirs picked up on foreign travel such as a rug bargained for in the souks of Morrocco to a woven bowl from Kenya or a throw from South America. With this trend, you can create an unpredictable style which is both cosy and comfortable at the same time.
High street retailers such as House of Fraser, Dfs, Dunelm Mill and independents from India May to Graham and Green and Notonthehighstreet.com are all celebrating ‘Global Fusion’ with new collections. I am always smitten by British designer Vanessa Arbuthnott’s wallpaper and fabric designs and I have had my eye on her ‘Wild and Free’ fabric designs for a while. These naive mythical animal patterns, designed by Vanessa’s daughters, are printed on beautiful linen in earthy spice colourways. They have been used in a contemporary country style.
Key styling ideas on how to create ‘Global Fusion’ style for your home
(Above: silver sequin baskets, £26, The Forest Company at Notonthehighstreet.com; bamboo and woven baskets, from £12.99, Dunelm Mill).
Add texture to your walls with Tongue and Groove panelling, a wall of an animal print wallpaper (left: Pasha/Pantanal , Ref. W6759/03, £115/roll in Metallic copper and chocolate, Osborne and Little; right: ) or a floor to ceiling wall of logs (even if you don’t have the fire to go with it!) Graham and Brown’s ‘Skin Collection’ also has some very effective prints from around £20/roll.
Adopt a ‘dark interiors’ colour palette as a backdrop by painting both walls and ceilings in one deep dark saturated colour (emerald green, inky blue, a charcoal grey or black – check out Crown paints new ‘Soft Shadow’ or ‘Granite Dust’ from their AW16 collection).
Textured rugs (my favourite budget options are Next’s jute rugs from £35 and IKEA’s jute ‘Lohals’ rug from £65 for 160 x 230 cm. Chairworks also do beautiful handwoven rush rugs and runners from £56.95 for 190 x 70 cm) that look great on stone, slate or wooden floorboards.
I love the black Ercol Originals range with this look, and the very pretty light grey and cream patterned Moroccan inlay chest of drawers being sold by India May. However, dark wood antiques/vintage – painted furniture would work equally well
Pattern on pattern
Layering pattern on pattern is what this look is all about. So don’t worry about clashing colour and pattern, the more the merrier. Embroidered fabrics, with tassels and large pompoms, are all part of this look (check out www.YonderLiving.com). A strong dark background colour will really hold the busyness of it all.
Shutters, blinds and curtains
You might want to give your scheme a colonial twist with some jumbo sized shutters (The Shutter Store) choosing a dark colour such as dark grey, black or a taupe.
This ‘Butler’ fabric in black L9048-01, linen mix, 128cms wide, £115 per metre inc VAT from Larsen at Colefax and Fowler is a beautiful fabric that would last a lifetime. It has a strong tribal feel and shows how you can create a roller blind with two contrasting pieces of fabric and tapes to roll the blind up and down.
There is nothing like adding a thick interlined curtain to windows and doors too. Give a patterned curtain a ‘leading edge’ border (the edge you draw to the centre of the window) in a plain contrasting fabric for added detail and hang from a wrought iron pole. Hanging an interlined curtain over both the inside of a front and also a back door is a helpful energy-saving solution as well as creating a cosy internal ‘drawbridge’!
Seating: Sofas upholstered in fabric are so lovely, but if you have dogs and small children, they aren’t always the most practical option long term. I recently styled the rather stylish ‘Marl’ leather sofa by French Connection for Dfs. Inspired by Mid Century Danish design with low boxy shape and conical wooden legs, we used the tan colour way of this sofa for our global fusion decorating scheme set in a contemporary ‘loft’ space.
Metal planter, Graham and Green, woven bowl, feather print, Notonthehighstreet.com; vintage bottle, car boot; frames, Ikea; Parquet console table, French Connection; cushions, French Connection and La Redoute;
Photography: Dan Annett, Styling: Charis White
Charis White – interior stylist/blogger
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