The Global Inspired trend has been a hot one this summer, with its deliciously relaxed, boho vibe. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work for the upcoming autumn season. In fact, it’s a look that can give a room much needed warmth over the colder months and it is very easy to transition into the next season. By simply swapping your voile curtains and cotton cushions for rich, tactile velvets, chenille and tapestry textiles and throws.
The reason I like the look is that it’s very eclectic, warm and welcoming and not difficult to achieve with a few carefully chosen pieces. One or two items of furniture from the Jali Sheesham range at Quercus Living for example, would be an ideal way to start creating this look in your living room.
Native to the Indian subcontinent, sheesham wood is a a beautifully rich and dense hardwood with a natural warmth and depth. It is handcrafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques into stunning and unique pieces of furniture that will last a lifetime. This wood is particularly hardwearing; I speak from experience as our own sheesham sideboard is still looking fantastic after several years, and as a mum of three boys I can’t say that about all our furniture:
Each piece of this amazing Indian wood furniture is individual due to the natural wood grain and distinct colouration and I particularly love the rounded shape of the 3-drawer drum chest of drawers which would be excellent as a multi-functional lamp stand, with that useful added storage:
A sideboard is definitely a great way to add an elegant feature to your living room, helping to keep things tidy too. Jali Sheesham furniture with its deep tones lends itself to the current trend for styling the home with plants; add some hanging potted plants, a terrarium of succulents and an oversized palm in a gold or copper planter and you will really begin to capture the ‘world traveller’ look.
A Jali coffee table or trunk can be styled with candles, travel books and small metallic pots to add a chic Moroccan feel, while a colourful woven rug and bright velvet cushions are a great way to bring in vibrancy. H&M Home offer some really affordable velvet cushions right now and a lot of little metallic accessories, such as fretwork tealight holders, baskets and bowls:
A bookcase featuring vintage hardbacks and a tapestry wall hanging are other nice touches to add an eclectic feel to the room. Scatter cushions with Ikat patterns and a Moroccan style floor cushion can really enhance the look, with metallic pouffes guaranteed to provide an added ‘wow’ factor. This one is from Not On The High Street:
What I love about the global inspired living room is that it is eclectic, timeless and on-trend. It can also evolve over time, as you add to your collection of travel souvenirs and junk shop finds.
Why not check out my pinterest board below for lots more global inspiration and if you need any help deciding on your furniture needs, Quercus Living have a range of really helpful buying guides on their website, such as this one about choosing a sideboard.