Samba-inspired design trends for your home

4 August, 2016

The eyes of the world are on Rio de Janeiro as the Brazilian city steps up to host the 2016 games. There’s hardly a better time to take a slice of the country’s renowned carnival atmosphere and incorporate it into our interior design. From tropical wallpaper canvas prints and bold up-scaled geometrics to natural materials like jute, bamboo and wicker, we look at how you can take your interior to the tropics with a few simple tweaks and additions:

Go bold and beautiful

Take the biggest wall in your living room or open-plan kitchen and make a tropical feature of it. The new AL Collection at Photowall, created by artists from around the world, beautifully blends luxurious palm leaves and vividly coloured flamboyant flowers, as well as Honduras parrots, for an exciting samba style. Turn up the heat and create a fun twist by adding parrot or flamingo ornaments to the room.

Jungle Canopy 2 Spring

Jungle Canopy 2 Spring by AL Collection

Life’s a beach

Drench rooms in sunshine and bring the essence of Brazil’s golden beaches into your home with a tropical canvas print. Bright colours team perfectly with dreamy, far-away landscapes to transport you to your very own island paradise. Accessorise the space beautifully with natural elements like a seagrass rug.

Thailand Island Beach Wallpaper

Thailand Island Beach by Photowall

More is more

One for the colour confident – go all out with busy, printed carpeting and centrepiece décor, or opt for a feature wall of framed prints or photographs backed on to a vibrant tropical wallpaper that’s alive with colour. Choose your favourite holiday snaps and mount them as part of the gallery wall for even greater impact.

Pineapple Wallpaper

Pineapple by Rina Donnersmarck

Bathroom paradise

Bathrooms or en-suites provide a great setting for a smaller, tropical motif. Choose a bright, leafy wallpaper for the wow factor and incorporate accessories such as a gilded bamboo mirror or bamboo-covered toilet roll storage. White or warm wood tones work beautifully with this trend so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Colour me happy

If you’re not quite ready for such bold changes to your décor, pick out your favourite elements and highlight them instead. Let the carnival accent colours of olive and jungle greens, hot pinks, sea blues and sunshine yellow envelope you in that ‘holiday’ feeling, while textured, oversized lamps and potted ceiling-high palm leaves perfectly finish off a space without being too overbearing.

Will you choose to embrace the tropical trend to maximum effect or opt for a few accents instead?