Decorating Influences From Abroad

Global Inspirations

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Decorating inspiration can come from anything. A decorating scheme can come from something as simple as a pattern, a color, a piece of furniture, or a photograph. But for me, my favorite decorating inspirations come from souvenirs and travel photos that I’ve gatherd over the years. There is something very appealing about showcasing exotic locales or cultures in home decorating because using your own photos and souvenirs creates a very unique and personal style. Using worldly inspirations in your rooms also helps provide an escape from your busy life and will continually remind you of the interesting people and places you have encountered all over the world.

In all honesty, you don’t even have to leave the country to use other cultural influences in your decorating. You can focus on where you would like to travel and decorate accordingly to bring a little bit of the globe home to you. Just spend a little time researching what colors, textures, furniture, lighting, house plants and accessories may fit best into your worldly theme. So stop by the Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library’s Home Neighborhood. The collection can help you find a variety of global decorating inspiration. You can transform your house into a beautiful Tuscan villa or English cottage; decorate with bold colors using Indian saris or South American tapestries; or enhance your simple, modern style with Asian influences. You can check out these great resources and more:

French Country HideawaysTuscan ElementsAsian Elements

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