Photo Gallery: Global-Style Rooms
Excite your inner traveler without leaving home.
Glamorous and atmospheric, designer Luc Beauvais took inspiration for this Montreal kitchen from intimate French boîtes. The exotic tile pattern adds warmth to the sleek cabinets, masculine palette and industrial touches. Flat-front black cabinets recede, allowing the intricate tile floors to steal the show.
Taking its cues from a hot, exotic destination, this light-filled sitting area is accented by the intricate beauty of an elaborately patterned tile floor, a common sight in Morroco. A cane occasional chair, tufted sofa and a frond floor lamp layer subtle texture into a sun-drenched sitting area.
A living room vignette provides a mix of textures and styles: wooden African sculptures and a hide-covered stool inject sub-Saharan flavour, while an acrylic console table lends a contemporary hit.
In the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome, two leather camp chairs lend a Serengeti vibe. Custom throw pillows in a Navajo-inspired Ralph Lauren woven cloth hail from the other side of the globe, and add an earthy touch and rich pattern.
The carved-wood coffee table and eclectic pillows strike an exotic note in H&H senior design editor Sally Armstrong’s living room. The wallpaper, patterned floor and print pillows are a masterful mix.
In this globetrotting-styled space, an Asian-inspired console sits comfortably with a Moroccan style perforated-metal lantern and carved screen, and African-inspired artwork. A simple striped kilim is an easy way to bring global to your door.
The early-1800s teak village bed is the showpiece of homeowner Alistair Green’s London bedroom. When the bed was shipped from Rajasthan, India it lost its tiles and broke to bits. Green scoured the city to find the new tiles and had it reassembled by a master joiner.
An intricate lantern above the bed, tentlike canopy, sheepskin throw and low stool references Bedouin style. To add a touch of colour to the room, HGTV designer Montana Burnett added a painting. “The cool feeling that the water picture evokes is an easy way to add colour to the room without having to paint the walls out,” she notes.
A moravian star pendant light brings Mexican flair to designer Karen Cole’s guest bedroom. Antique twin beds loaded up with throw pillows from around the world offer an inviting spot to curl up and read, while a richly patterned window treatment and rug complete this room’s exotic appeal.
A Moroccan stool topped with hammam towels are a wordly touch in this spa-like bathroom, and lend a sense of history. In a clean, contemporary setting, a woven basket and wooden brush inject personality.
Sometimes a simple addition of a parchment-hued map can bring a hint of global influence. The faded tones of this South American map are echoed by an unstained, reclaimed pine table which subs in ?as a vanity.
This foyer is an eclectic mix of styles and periods that reflects the aesthetic that I aspire to in my work,” says designer Melody Duron. A Chinese altar is accented by the plush velvet cushions on the window seat, and Persian rug. A convex Regency mirror flanked by elaborate carved sconces has an Indian feel.
Wooden masks and primitive wood carvings seem to be a natural fit for a Persian rug in this upper hallway. The objects add interest, but aren’t treated too preciously in this vacation home (note a pillowy dogbed nonchalantly pushed against the wall, and practical black painted doors which disguise scuffs and smudges).