This is how to cure your wanderlust through interior design

Bring the spirit of wanderlust alive in your home with an ode to style from around the world

Ethnic styled living room
Joe Browns (@joebrowns)

Visiting other countries is usually where a lot of our home inspiration comes from. But as borders remain closed, and our dreams of kicking the year off with a holiday seem further away, we’re settling our wanderlust cravings with a touch of worldly interior design. Interior Stylist, Lana El Samman talks us through her top tips for crafting a space that’s well-travelled, yet attainable without a bordering pass.

Hop a carpet and fly

Tamam Vintage Rugs (@tamamvintage)

Carpets and rugs can give an ethnic feel. Here in the UAE you can visit the Souqs, such as in Bastakia or the Blue Souq in Sharjah, where you’ll find lots of woven matts and traditional Persian rugs. Tamam Vintage Rugs (pictured) have a selection of authentic antiques sourced from around the world.

To the wall

Eclectically styled living room
Joe Browns (@joebrowns)

Your walls are a great place to start when approaching a worldly style. Consider painting them a vibrant colour to echo a country you’ve visited, like this Santorini blue. Or, a fail-sure way to achieve an eclectic look is to hang a selection of curated items that tell a story of the places you’ve been or trinkets you have collected in the UAE.

Pattern is key

Grassroots plates
Grass Roots African Interiors (@grassrootsafricaninteriors)

Add interest by using various patterns throughout. Do this with embroidered soft furnishings. You could also add a feature wall of woven plates; these ones are from local boutique Grass Roots African Interiors which sources ethical products from Africa.

Layer your fabrics

Tribe products
Tribe (@tribedubai)

Ramp up the bohemian feel by layering your fabrics to incorporate multiple textures. For a natural Balinese look, stick to natural fabrics, you can find a selection of sustainably sourced items from Tribe – for inspiration, have a look around the owner’s boho-Dubai villa. More is more when it comes to achieving a nomadic look – think floor pillows, Persian rugs and textured cushions.

Travel prints

Wee Blue Coo travel prints
Wee Blue Coo prints (@webluecoo)

A simple yet effective way to bring a taste of adventure into your home is by hanging your own pictures or purchasing prints of your favourite places. Along with reminding you of your travels, they also serve as a good talking point for guests.

Cultural oddities

The Yellow Tree House living room
Alina Bokhari’s home from The Yellow Tree House (@theyellowtreehouse_)

Accessories bring character into a room. Roomours in The Dubai Mall has a quirky selection of products that project a well-travelled look. Cultural motifs and artwork instantly bring a new dimension to an otherwise neutral space. Consider juxtaposing several together for a worldly feel like Alina from The Yellow Tree House has done in her home.

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