My top go-to destinations for stunning interior ideas

Here are five cities across the globe we look to for interior inspiration.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Woven textures, bold prints, layered fabrics and colour accents - Marrakesh is rife with rich interior inspiration for anyone looking to capture a bohemian and carefree atmosphere.

It’s an incredibly diverse country filled with residents who are Arab and Berber as well as many European migrants, thanks to its positioning on the north coast of Africa that looks over the Mediterranean. Interiors that channel a Moroccan aesthetic evoke a 1970s shabby chic aesthetic that was inspired by the golden age of travel characterised by intricate carvings, arched doorways and colourful fabrics.

Furniture that looks like it’s come from a far-away land channels the eclectic energy of Marrakesh markets. These vibrant spaces can be luxurious, shabby chic or a bohemian balance of the two, so it’s no wonder the style has spread throughout homes worldwide.

3 tips to create the look at home:

  • Moroccan decor is all about textures & layers. Add a mix of pillows in a range of textures, colours & sizes.

  • Rugs are a benchmark of moroccan decor. Take it to the floor - with a classic berber rug or or add some oversized floor cushions & pouffes.

  • Taking on a new renovation? Why not try adding decorative tiles with bold colour pairings and graphic lines to really add that riad vibe.

Kyoto, Japan

Humble houses line the alluring streets of Kyoto in all shapes and sizes. They conceal well-designed small spaces that are integral to Japanese living, paired with neutral tones and natural materials that create calming environments.

As many of these homes are tightly packed into small properties, they often don’t have many windows. Bamboo sliding doors filled with shoji paper panels allow light to stream between rooms, creating free-flowing open spaces. Fabrics in soft, milky tones elevate that airy sensation, often punctuated with accents in the furniture’s framework.

Upon entering a Japanese home, your eyes are drawn downwards to furniture that sits low to the ground. Dining tables have short legs and mattresses lie either directly on the floor or on low wooden plinths. Floors are often covered in woven tatami mats for added comfort, creating an honest and functional aesthetic with no room for extravagance.

3 tips to create the look at home:

  • Strip back. Really think about what you actually use or brings you joy, and get rid of the rest - Marie Kondo style.

  • Small but mighty. Invest in small living furniture, from futon sofa beds to compact dining tables.

  • Natural materials. Get into wood based products, from paper lanterns, wood framed furnitures and natural bamboo bed linens.

Milan, Italy

Italian palazzos look like palaces that are passed down through families, cared for over generations. Their marble floors and frescoed ceilings are something to aspire to, flaunting ornate features in the company of antique wooden furniture. Altogether, these details express a refined exuberance achievable only in a vintage Milanese interior.

Light in these spaces is dictated by temperature, using thick wooden shutters to board up windows and block out the heat in a way that only adds to the decadent atmosphere. Stone or tiled floors are used to help keep the place cool, often in terracotta colours that add warmth through colour without the heat.

Colour inspiration tends to come from the Italian countryside, using olive greens, lemon yellows and deep grape reds to compliment the sun-baked tones of the palazzo foundations. Fixtures like door handles and curtain rails usually take on a black distressed or faded gold look that harps back to the buildings’ 20th century origins.

3 tips to create the look at home:

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing old & new. These spaces are all about juxtapositions, bringing a truly unique space filled with personality, passion and excitement.

  • Get bold with colour. Inspired by the great Italian masters add some striking colours to your home through bold upholstery, soft furnishing or a striking piece of art.

  • Rich & decadence touches. Marble and terrazzo, plush velvets & gold and brass ornaments - add an accent of Milan with these luxurious materials.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen's interior is a perfect blend of minimalism and warmth through a focus on utility, simplicity and natural materials.

The simple geometric shapes and lines that characterise Danish design stems from the Bauhaus minimalist art style that thrived in the mid 20th century. Scandinavian furniture makers of that era took to carefully researching how these shapes translate to the human body, introducing a strong focus on a balance between function & form.

Historic brands still produce old classics from cabinetmakers like Hans Wegner, while today’s manufacturers like Ferm Living combine modern materials with the same pared back design principles. The interiors are aptly utilitarian. Conscious of clutter, simplicity reigns in these elegant spaces, letting materials and shapes do the talking. Warm lighting is important as the winters are long and dark, combined with soft pastel colours that create a gentle and warming feeling that the Danes like to call hyggelig.

3 tips to create the look at home:

  • Allow some space, try keeping your space clutter free with less.

  • White wash tones, from soapy woods tones to gallery white walls to keep it bright.

  • Black accents, use them sparingly to bring a striking contrast to the minimalist space.

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City boasts an eclectic landscape of Art Deco buildings that inspire interior designers to create vibrant and shapely spaces. Rife with geometric shapes, colour pops and concentric patterns, this style grew out of a golden period around the 1930s that influenced everything from painting, film and industrial design.

Many of the original buildings in Mexico City were long forgotten but have since been restored to their original beauty, including old cinemas, hotels and galleries. There’s a resurgence of this style all over the country as appreciation for the golden era thrives.

That eccentrism has even trickled over to the ever popular bohemian coastal haven of Tulum, which is generally a luxe-hippy’s paradise. Art Deco ceramic inserts and tropical vegetation merge in a melting pot of regional design characteristics, like the incredible Tiki Tiki hotel.

3 tips to create the look at home:

  • Opt for geometric patterns in your fabrics or even on a feature wall

  • Embrace strong colours like bright and deep yellows, blues and greens

  • Big leafy plants will help capture that tropical look