There are a lot of reasons to love Global Style Interior Design. One is that it is all about you, and telling the story of your life, adventures, the things you love in your space. It is a total expression and celebration of you. Does that sound selfish? It’s OK, it is your house. Of course it is about you!
Each piece tells your story. Celebrate your treasures, old and new. modern and vintage, from various parts of the world.
Create a rich tapestry of color, texture, art and history.
In a previous article, I talked about 10 reasons to love global style design. Let’s talk about my favorite reason, that it celebrates color, and how you can use it to spark some joy in your life.
One of the things I love about global style Interior Design is the rich bold colors.
Colors of each style are based on the countries and culture they come from, their landscapes, plants, spices, symbols, national flags and more.
While colorful, I have seen beautiful examples of global styles that use neutral colors and whites mixed with layers of textures and metals too.
One way to get the look is to be bold with a beautiful wall color, or start with a fantastic rug and create a color palette from it. A gorgeous handmade and eco-friendly rug is a work of art for your floor!
Take color from the rug as inspiration for your wall color, pillow, accessories and art. Or go with a more neutral palette if that is what you prefer and let the colors of your rug take the spotlight.
Here are some examples of some global style designs I have created, the color palettes I used and some of the rugs I love that you could use to get the look.
Yellows, Golds and Orange
Yellows and golds are great colors to use in modern global style, Bohemian, Turkish, Indian and Mexican style designs.
Above I created this beautiful Indian-style living room using a yellow/gold wall color. Learn more in my article Get the Look_ Global Style- Indian.
Below I created a modern global style Edesign for a living room using a a gorgeous handmade wool rug from Egypt as the centerpiece, and a gold wall color. The room would still have been beautiful with an off white wall color.
Blues and Greens
Blues and greens are wonderful for Greek Style, Moroccan, Modern Global and Bohemian. They really can be used in any global style design, but tend to be most prevalent in areas near the ocean.
I love this beautiful rug by Boutique Rugs.
Red, Pinks, Purples
Reds are very common in Turkish, Mexican, Bohemian and Modern Global styles. Pinks are often used in Turkish design. Purples are used in Indian, Moroccan, Bohemian and Modern Global styles. As an example, see my Edesign for a Modern Global Style bedroom below and some favorite rugs in these colors.
I love these purple rugs. The one on the left I used in an Indian Style bedroom. The one on the right is a gorgeous Moroccan rug, Get 20% off with code northern lights at checkout.
I love these pink rugs. The one on the left below I used in a beautiful Modern Global Style bedroom, and the one on the right for a Vintage Global Style office. And the handmade Moroccan rug below is amazing!
Black, White and Neutral
Try black, white or gray wall colors or area rugs to get the look of modern global style, Bohemian, Turkish, and Moroccan styles. As an example, see the Edesign I created above with light gray walls and a beautiful Moroccan rug. Learn more in my article Great Paint Color Schemes- Black, White and Shades of Gray.
Below, I used a rich dark gray wall color and a beautiful Turkish rug. Learn more in my article Do you Need an Alignment?
Black, white and neutrals can really be used with any style if you choose. Go neutral or add a color or two for high contrast.
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My philosophy of great Interior Design, which I call Aligned Design, considers three key factors; art, science and energy. The intersection of the three is where the magic happens.
Fantastic color is part of the science of great design. I am a certified color strategist and use color science to give you extraordinary color
Start with an Aligned Design plan that considers the art, science and energy of your home together. Merging creativity, color and connection, we can work together to create your perfect space.
Learn more about Global style design in my article, Tell Your Story with Global Style Interior Design. Curious about what Global Style might be right for you? Take the quiz below. Ready to try to get the look in your own home? Try one of my Edesign packages.
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Mary Ann, the colors you show always spark joy! Thanks for all this information.
Oh thank you!! I hope so, that is a wonderful goal.
These are all beautiful, but I will always be team #bluegreen!
Of course!! Thank you!
I love your colorful posts, they are so inspiring! I also love how you show what can be accomplished with new colors! Well done once again!
Thank you so much Amy! Love to hear that from a color expert like you:)
Beautiful color schemes. That rug from Atlas Weavers is incredible.
Thank you! I know, they have beautiful, authentic and eco-friendly works of art for your floor.
Oh my goodness…so many beautiful area rugs to add to a space!
Thanks Sheri, rugs can be such a work of art in a room!
I’ve been all about global design since I was a child. I was actually going to write something about how my experience has been traveling and the gifts people have given me over the years have influence my design Style and love for all things old and different
That sounds wonderful! So many stories to tell and global style is perfect for that.
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