Your bedroom is a haven from the rest of the world – a place you feel safe and comfortable. It’s also your most intimate environment, so it should be filled with happy memories and show what makes you, you. If you enjoy traveling, or are inspired by different cultures around the world, you can make your bedroom into a reminder of those travels without leaving the comforts of home. Here are a few international bedroom design ideas that express the personalities and travelogues of their owners.
The patriotic British flag rug brands this bedroom with masculine colors: bold red, blue, and white. The London Red fabric draperies soften the space while defining the feature wall and the metal studded blue leather bed frame is masculine yet sensual. Notice how the bed looks inviting? Make your bed linens soft and appealing so you won’t want to leave your bed!
Heavy woven wool shams play to the country’s crisp cool air reminding you of foggy days, thick sweaters, and snuggling by a roaring fire. Pairing those with crisp white linens, wool herringbone throw blanket, and French Blue pinstriped pillows are reminiscent of a proper British tailored suit. Finish off the bed with an accent pillow embroidered with a quintessential double-decker bus, and a bench could also be added at the foot of the bed, covered in fabric that mimics place name signage such as Haversham Corner or Tottenham Court for a genuine British feel.
The softer blues, creams and whites of this vintage bungalow bedroom can be either feminine or masculine to celebrate a global style with a relaxed feel. These soft watery blues and creams complement the vintage Broyhill Brasilia dresser, the bedside lamp and the authentic Brazilian carved masks. Various textures of pillows and ethnic patterned bedspread create a warm landing for your eyes and body.
An antique patterned rug makes a comfortable way to get up in the morning, protecting your feet from cold floors. Brazil is the home of Carnival, so an authentic addition might be a feather arrangement reminiscent of the fabulous headdresses worn at Carnival, or add your own fun masks or carved art you find on your very next global beach travels!
Artisan textiles are the focal point of this contemporary bedroom, which are based on the Guatemalan tapestry brought back from the owner’s travels. We hung it right over the headboard as a statement piece, and then upholstered the bench in a similar hand-sewn fabric. The throw blanket was also an Antigua find in the Guatemalan markets, and we had colorful tassels added as a playful fringe. The bedding is finished off with a decorative pillow to visually tie together all the handmade textiles.
Upholstering the bed in an inky blue velvet provides a balance of sensuality and calm to the multiple patterns. Wood tiled drawer fronts on the nightstands paired with glass jug bases for lamps complete the handcrafted style, but balance nicely with a modern aesthetic. An excellent additional choice might be woven baskets, used by locals to carry items to and from market.
While this last photo isn’t a bedroom, it’s an entryway that leads to a bedroom. Entryways are a great way to set the mood of the home, and here we used the client’s art collected from international travels to highlight the Tibetan influence along with a few sculptural pieces. The warm orange wall color glows from lighting that highlights curated artwork. A wonderful cultural addition could be prayer flags hung along the hall ceiling, or Tibetan singing bowls on the table. This entryway makes you feel welcome, wouldn’t you agree?
Now that you have some inspiration, incorporate your own international flavor into your home to express your personality, or contact us and we’ll show you how!
Kimball Starr Interior Design is an award-winning San Francisco interior design firm providing home decorating services. Always ready for the next trip, Kimball is constantly on the lookout for travel design inspiration and new ideas around the globe!