If you’re looking for new inspirations to upgrade your interior design, looking around at global styles can offer a lot of beautiful design details. In our March round up, enjoy some of these decorative styles from Japan to Portugal, Paris and more, providing inspiration for design aficionados. Our five design tips you might have missed this month!
Design Tip #1
Celebrate the beauty of imperfection with wabi-sabi
With the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi we examine the beauty of imperfections. Often you’ll see examples of wabi-sabi in the art of kintsugi, when broken ceramics are mended with gold to highlight the cracked pottery. It makes breakages more unique, refined, and valuable.
For more about wabi-sabi click here.
Design Tip #2
Azulejos tiles are gorgeous — and available in lots of colors
Azulejos ceramic tiles are an integral part of Portugal’s cultural identity. The Portuguese design staple can be used as an atmospheric ornamental alternative to your home design, either as murals or small design elements. For the image above, azulejos use the iconic white and blue to become the focal design point in this elegant bistro.
Head here for more info on Portugal’s azulejos tiles.
Design Tip #3
Minimal furniture can be where East and West meet
Turning to look at Asian-inspired decorative accents in a European setting, this Parisian Haussmann-era building pairs its cornice details and bespoke with custom-made furniture pieces inspired by the Chinese Ming dynasty. The home takes on a bold personality infused with a sophisticated touch of opulence with a stark color palette.
See more about French designer Guillaume Alan uniting his love of Asia and Europe in this apartment here.
Art makes things more fun
Over at Palms Casino Resort, the exotic inlaid butterflies as well as the formaldehyde-soaked sharks are the signature motifs of British artist Damien Hirst’s work. From hard furniture to the softer textiles, no piece of the room has been left out by the artist. Imagine immersing yourself for the night in an art museum, and consider… what’s stopping you from doing the same in your home?
Tour the rest of the hotel suite here.
Map your room with framed details
As discussed in tip four, wall art is a spectacular finishing touch — either as a focal point or simply the finishing touch to a sensational wallpaper choice. This framed map elicits a sense of adventure and a reminders of home. Combining classic design with functionality, the townhouse with framed map details serves as a portal to a distant time and place.
Head here for the full tour of this townhouse.
Whether Japanese wabi-sabi or with Portuguese azulejos, these design details presented above show that a little look at how things are done around the world can help to achieve a distinct look in your own home.