Interiors advice - Foreign influences can give your home its own individual style

PUBLISHED: 09:41 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 April 2013

Foreign influences

Foreign influences


Foreign influences can give your home its own individual style, says Justine Kirkham head of design at James Brindley

Interior design inspiration can come from anywhere – a vintage market in Milan, backpacking trip through Asia or a table setting at a Parisian café. We’ve opened our hearts and minds to cultures full of intense colours, complex patterns and wonderful textures.

Incorporating some of them into the design of your home can be done in many ways from a feature wall or new wallpaper to a statement piece of furniture or a scattering of accessories. Too much and you run the risk of your home looking over themed instead of tasteful and interesting.

One of the simplest ways to add an international flavour is with wallpaper. Modern designs offer an exciting array of styles, colours, textures and designs, most effective in unexpected areas.

For example, Zoffany’s column print wallpaper can give a Roman feel to a room otherwise filled with classical fabrics and a neutral palette.

The typical Italian and French inspired interior is sophisticated and classical, but can vary between country and urban designs. The country French look is natural and organic, whereas Parisian influences are glamorous and opulent. Indian influenced designs are warm and earthy, with exotic appeal, offering a magical, mystical look through the use of harmonising colours.

Arabian and ethnic designs are a magnificent blend of rich, vibrant tones and complex patterns. Alternatively, Japanese influenced schemes are simplistic and streamlined in layout and finishes, defining most modern day minimalist interiors.

Choosing an interior design theme inspired by places you’ve been or yearn to visit will reflect your individual style, as well as your memories or your passions. It’s the perfect opportunity to create a look that someone who knew you well would say was ‘definitely you’.

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