Pick the perfect pattern: explore global prints

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  • Add wow factor with an accent print or go for a fusion of designs from across the world

    Inject some Moroccan style with ikat, chevron and diamond designs

    Tokyo grand sofa, from £3,850; blinds made from Nazca fabric in grey, £16 per m all John Lewis, cushions from a selection at John Lewis.

    Why we love them:

    Inspired by travel and the rich diversity of cultures from around the world, global prints capture a sense of adventure, helping to conjure up images of exotic destinations and transporting you instantly to warmer climes. They provide the perfect opportunity to combine old and new with a bold mixture of colours, patterns and textures to create a style that is both eclectic and individual.

    Modern touch: team bright global designs with white for a fresh feel

    Bunglaow wallpaper in yellow, £69 per roll, Thibaut range, Wallpaperdirect; cushion made from South Sea, £81 per m, Thibaut range, Fabrics & Papers

    Where to use them:

    Cushions and curtains in bold patterns and vibrantshades can be used to striking effect in the living room, intricately patternedbed linen works well to create an idyllic sanctuary in the bedroom, while global-inspired prints on wallpaper can be used throughout the house – they work particularly well as a feature wall in a dining room.

    Eclectic look: this sofa’s kelim-inspired print makes a great contrast to the bold paisley cushion

    Sofa covered in Palas, £65 per m; cushion made from Patara, £155 per m, both Pasha collection, Osborne & Little

    How to use them: Team exotic prints in intense shades such as saffron and indigo with a neutral backdrop and dark wood furniture for a rich ethnic-inspired scheme. Use geometric designs teamed with blocks of strong colour for a modern statement look, or with white. Gold and other burnished metals give a softer, more sophisticated feel. The joy of a global interior is that you can mix and match pattern, so don’t be afraid to combine a traditional Middle Eastern mosaic with an African-inspired chevron design.

    How to accessorise them: Showcase a collection of interesting items picked up on your travels alongside glazed ceramics, coloured glass and hammered metal pieces with intricate fretwork and filigree detailing. Decorative lanterns, copper vases and woven basketware all help to add the finishing touches.

    Add wow factor with 8 of our favourite wallpaper designs

    Delicate details : this delicate pattern has an intricate, tiled design

    Persia Indigo 1939/705, £50 per roll, Neo collection, Prestigious, available at Jane Clayton

    Bold geometric: make a statement with this bold Middle-Eastern inspired geometric print

    Persia in Claret, £23 per roll, John Lewis

    Modern Ikat: a contemporary take on a popular design

    Kelly’s Ikat in white/soft grey by Kelly Hoppen, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown

    Eastern fusion: this design was inspired by the ancient Japanese teqchnique of Shibori

    Shibori NWAB110440, £36 per roll, Wabi Sabi collection, Scion available at Amara

    Tile effect: hang this Moorish style geometric print in a kitchen-diner

    Alhambra Palace Summer, £50 per 10m roll, Fired Earth

    Perfect paisley: this Indian inspired pattern comes in a variety of colour ways

    Kathak Paisley PW78018/3, £55 per roll, Homes & Gardens II collection, Baker Lifestyle at Wallpaperdirect

    Medina magic: this is the perfect wallpaper for a statement feature wall

    Kasbah Espresso W0001/02, £36 per roll, Couture collection, Clarke & Clarke available at Graham Sanderson Interiors

    In the round: a large scale pattern with a hand-printed finish

    Jardin Boheme 110654, £65 per roll, Harlequin available at Wallpaperdirect

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