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Decorate with Global Style

| February 1, 2016

Exotic embroidery, primal colors and lots of tassels and beads define style and add interest to design accessories.

Exotic embroidery, primal colors and lots of tassels and beads define style and add interest to design accessories.

Add impact with endless possibilities of color schemes and textiles from around the world

By Kate Smith

Whether you travel abroad or simply appreciate global style from the comfort of your own corner of the world, adapting cultural color schemes and design elements can transform your indoor and outdoor spaces. A blend of cultural traditions with contemporary influences can reinvigorate both your life and your living space.

Cultural colors of the past and present have depth, intensity and richness. These hues can effortlessly blend into your home. They are naturally warm with golden undertones reminiscent of textile colors with roots close to home or from places like the Middle East, Mexico, the Mediterranean and South America.

These are colors that look as if they were once bright and intense but have now mellowed a bit with age. They are vibrant enough to catch your attention and lift your spirits. Colors right for today come from around the world – past, present and future – include deep-sea turquoise, hillside green, curry orange and golden yellow, and they look as at home in your home as they do in their native setting.

Intermingling colors and patterns from other cultures with your current style will give your home a global perspective while maintaining your personal design point of view. These hues allow you to be creative and individualize your interior décor. Putting these colors together in unexpected pairings updates these time-honored hues.

If you want to make a bigger impact, add these jewel tones to walls, furnishings or window treatments. Making a daring statement against a traditional backdrop creates a higher level of intensity and richness. Surfaces that reflect light emphasize the drama of bold colors.

You can also push the reset button on the design of your home with your accent colors against a neutral scheme. Found in everything from architectural elements to occasional pieces, neutrals are a strong foundation for any design style. Neutrals that work best with these bolder colors are inspired by natural elements. From stone that surrounds cities, to sand at the beach, to sunsets over the desert, these hues speak to our desire to relate to the world around us.

Earthy neutrals and vibrant hues are elegant when paired with platinum, copper, bronze or gold. The same combination of colors happily pair with the crafts, natural wood and cultural colors for a more casual space. Choose a few of the colors that make you smile to be the feel-good factor that makes you happy to be home.

From India or Turkey, to Morocco and Mexico, the color scheme possibilities are endless and as diverse as the cultures that spur your creativity. Look to both new or old designs. Let the patterns and color palettes be your inspiration for an indoor or outdoor living space with global style.

The jewel-toned wall and Moroccan-style mirror are unexpected surprises in an outdoor courtyard. Fusing them with the wrought-iron bench and topiary bushes brings balance.

The jewel-toned wall and Moroccan-style mirror are unexpected surprises in an outdoor courtyard. Fusing them with the wrought-iron bench and topiary bushes brings balance.

Bold color on at least one wall can serve as a backdrop for incorporating multicultural style and modern flair.

Bold color on at least one wall can serve as a backdrop for incorporating multicultural style and modern flair.

Go global in your home decor by adding pillows with a variety of colors and from a variety of places in with your current style.

Go global in your home decor by adding pillows with a variety of colors and from a variety of places in with your current style.

The palettes and colors provided by cultural textiles can bring happy inspiration to your decorating genius.

The palettes and colors provided by cultural textiles can bring happy inspiration to your decorating genius.

Kate Smith is the author of a new eBook, {FRESH} Color Schemes For Your Home Exterior. She will answer questions at the Sugar Land Home & Garden show on Jan. 30-31 at the Stafford Centre. She will be at the Color Desk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit SugarLandHomeandGarden.com for more information.


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