Play with Fabrics and Shapes
This whitewashed space is energized with a few carefully selected pieces. A bold suzani textile over the sofa is just as captivating as an oversize mirror or oil painting would be. The pair of low coffee tables have subtle carved accents reminiscent of Moroccan windows.
Tip: To balance a strong pattern, keep other pieces relatively muted. Here, we opted for a simple striped rug to complement the suzani.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
A patio or porch can easily transform into an exotic hideaway. Carved chairs in different designs are more interesting than a matching set. Colorful pillows can be added or taken away depending on the weather forecast.
Tip: To complete the look, bring in large planters of jasmine or bougainvillea, and place lanterns around the space for candlelit evenings.
Take a Risk with Texture
One of the quickest ways to tell a global story is to mix textures in a space. The combination of smooth wood tables, a bench covered with hand-dyed fabric, a velvet armchair, and an intricate inlaid screen is a sure sign of a well-traveled inhabitant.
Tip: Mix in some sleeker accents such as contemporary photographs to add yet another layer of sophistication.
Dress Up a Rustic Room
A simple beach-house bedroom is the perfect canvas for Indian-inspired bedding and pillows. A patterned rug placed atop a sisal style provides additional bohemian spirit, as do the pair of Chinese chests serving as nightstands.
Tip: Stick to a soft palette such as pink and creams as to not lose the restful feeling in the room.
Pick One Statement Piece
With the simple addition of a suzani-covered sofa, this small space takes on a worldly new attitude. The piece’s faded purple color is echoed in a vase of hydrangeas and a lavender velvet chair, making the room feel cohesive.
Tip: Mimic the look of this sofa by tucking a large suzani textile over your existing seating.
Try Movable Pieces
Using portable exotic pieces gives you major style flexibility. The oversize pouf can act as a coffee table or, when placed at the end of a bed, as extra seating. Likewise, a tray-topped table can serve as a chairside perch for drinks; later, you can lift up the top and use it when serving dinner in the dining room.
Tip: To ensure their versatility, pick pieces in lighter colors and subtler patterns.