Spending time in other countries allows us to fully immerse ourselves in different cultures and experience the sights, sounds and tastes that ensure diversity.
Whilst a giant wall freeze of a cityscape or tropical beach can instantly transport us to another time or place, wallpaper, furniture and accessories all help to recreate a sense of another country, as well as evoke treasured memories of our visit.
For a sense of serenity and calm, nothing achieves the feeling better than a beautiful Japanese inspired wallpaper. De Gournay’s Plum Blossom design on brushed gold gilded paper borrows from the exotic and delivers tranquillity and sophistication in spades.
Combine with various shades of grey, a smattering of black and silver accessories and plenty of white to keep your bedroom design feeling fresh and contemporary.
Or bring the outside in with De Gournay’s Japanese Garden design on deep rich gold gilded paper. David Carter’s bathroom design for the 40 Winks Boutique Hotel in London uses this stunning wallpaper as a backdrop for a traditional freestanding roll top bath, ensuring a sense of decadence as guests luxuriate in the suds.
For those of you yearning to recreate the energy and excitement of Cuba, Matthew Williamson’s new range of easy-to-hang wallpaper for Osborne & Little guarantees maximum exuberance and colour.
Available in a range of colour ways, his Arini design features tropical Latin American parrots. This lively design is perfect for statement walls in lounges, bedrooms and dining rooms or anywhere you’d like to inject colour and movement.
Not a fan of parrots? Then his Leopardo design may tempt you with beautiful leopards and peacock feathers. Choose from a range of bold colour mixes such as blue, black and gold or pink, grey and mint, or keep it elegant with mocha and black or tasteful grey.
Even though France is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the UK, Cole & Son’s charming Versailles Grand wallpaper transports you back in time to landscapes and scenic gardens of the 18th century. Available in vibrant lime, pink and chartreuse or subtle mulberry, amethyst and copper, this beautiful design sets the scene for a perfect interior.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to mix with the rich and beautiful on Miami’s South Beach, then Cole & Son’s Miami wallpaper should help to evoke those amazing memories. Inspired by the area’s unmistakable architecture and tropical vegetation, the wallpaper is available in green, lime, orange and teal or grey, pink and golden yellow.
Now you may not have come across many flamingos on your travels, but this delightful wallpaper, also by Cole & Son, definitely shouts Florida to us. Fun, playful and a little bit kitsch, it’s ideal for interiors that don’t take themselves too seriously and are not afraid to channel retro.
And finally, one for the kids. Harlequin’s Jungle Jamboree border will add the finishing touches to bedrooms and playrooms. Fun and lively with plenty of animals to spot, identify and name, it should keep the kids entertained for a while.