Here are Bliss’s three rules for adding global appeal to your home:
1. Cast a wide net of inspiration. “Just like you shouldn’t shop for your home at one store, don’t choose one region and have it dictate your entire design. A better approach is to cast a wide net of inspiration, from Bali to Brussels. By choosing elements that you love from a variety of countries, you can create a unique mix that reflects who you are.”
2. Try unusual pairings. “Pair classic Western furniture with elements from more far-flung locations for a fresh, unexpected look. Cover an English wingchair in a batik fabric from Indonesia. Suspend star-shaped Moroccan lanterns above a Swedish canopy bed. Frame a vintage suzani above a Chippendale sofa. The magic is in the mix.”
3. Don’t overdo it! “Everything in your house doesn’t have to be from a far off land. A few well-chosen exotic accessories are all it takes to add some global flair to a space. Classic, clean-lined furniture and neutral pieces will anchor your space and give you the freedom to add in a few stunning finds in the form of fabrics, art, pillows and carpets.”
Read on for inspiration from 20 regions with distinct design style, and learn how to give your home an international look.