Design Trends 2: Global Influences

Design Trends

Last time we talked about my love of talented, unique artisans, which is also a current design trend. Global Influences is another current trend and one that often incorporates artisans from around the globe. I adore this trend too! Read on for just a few gorgeous ways to incorporate this popular trend into your home:

  • Fabrics & Trim

One of my favorite fabric companies, Kravet Fabrics, Inc., offers a wealth of fabrics and trim from across the pond in beautiful textures and designs. The Lee Jofa brand is renowned for its legacy of English design that is both refined and fresh. Here a few beautiful examples from their Home & Gardens III collection, made by artisans in India:

Kravet Collage

GP&J Baker, established in England in 1884, has held the Royal Warrant for fabrics and wallcoverings since 1982. Their Mulberry Home brand was established in Somerset in 1971. They draw inspiration from their long heritage while being committed to pioneering fashion trends as well. Mulberry Home’s Rossini Velvet collection offers luxe velvets in various textures and patterns that incorporate metallics and novelties. Beautiful and cozy, don’t you think?

kravet gpjbaker velvets

  • Wicker & Other Natural Fibers

Hand made woven goods from baskets to furniture to floor coverings to lighting are very popular and often part of the Global Influences trend. This trend often often incorporates tribal patterns hand woven by indigenous craftspeople from the country of origin, like these baskets from West Elm.

West Elm baskets collage

Woven goods are also now incorporating the modern style trend, weaving furniture and lighting into striking modern silhouettes, like this woven rattan dining chair from Safavieh, (left), crafted in Indonesia and this Venice rattan chair from Serena and Lily (right) that is steamed and bent into shape by hand.


  • Lighting

These globally inspired lighting options are also beautiful examples of talented artisans. The wooden prism chandelier with wrought iron candelabra (left) from Arhaus is a gem-shaped chandelier handcrafted by Indian artisans from solid mango wood to house a wrought iron candelabra. Or this Arhaus round nest pendant (center) that is handwoven from iron strands by Indian artisans. Both so pretty and interesting! Surya offers this gorgeous antiqued metal fixture (right), also crafted in India.


  • Tables

Bring some global interest into your home design as simply as a beautiful end table. Arhaus offers this Drum End Table that is hand-pounded by Indian artisans using an age-old technique to create a contemporary textural element. Surya offers this lovely Suryaglass and metal table, also crafted in India, to complement many design styles.


  • Wall and Shelf Décor

Another simple way to bring the global trend into your home design is the addition of wall or shelf décor. Try this cross-shaped, burnished iron votive holder made in India and offered by Safavieh (left) for a unique look with a rich patina. Add small and simple organic teak bowls like this set from Wisteria to incorporate the global trend and the sustainable, natural trends. Surya offers many decorative mirrors, like this lovely beveled, mosaic mirror (right) with inlaid wood from China.

Wall and shelf decor

Check out more examples of this trend on our pinterest board. Which is your favorite?

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