One of the hottest trends right now is a fresh, modern take on the stunning interiors of the Caribbean Islands. Organic textures, detailed patterns and pops of colour are mixed with eclectic furniture pieces to achieve a relaxed look that is a far cry from the clichéd blue-and-white stripe vibe of more traditional beach-side styles.
So how do you successfully pull off an interior worthy of St Barts? Here are my top tips:
1. LAYER IT UP
Caribbean style is all about the layering of texture, colour and pattern. Beautiful grasscloth wallpaper will provide the perfect backdrop for bold mirrors and botanical style artwork. Rattan furniture pieces, jute rugs, indoor plants and coral specimens will add an organic touch. Don’t be afraid to add dollops of strong colour and pattern in the accessories to finish it off.
2. YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS
If you want to skip merrily down this style path, forget about minimalist designer classic pieces and just have fun with it. Experiment with colour, buy ridiculous lamps that look like fruit, hang beads from door handles and dare to drop a chandelier the size of a small child from your ceiling. There is a frivolous type of freedom in embracing this style – you can paint your bedside tables coral pink and they won’t look out of place! I love the sense of joy that is evoked by throwing out the design rule book.
3. IF IN DOUBT, ADD WHITE
Caribbean interiors are known for their wild use of colour. You can easily tone down the island bling by mixing in lots and lots of white. The freshness of white walls and white furniture will instantly calm the pops of bold colour and pattern while providing an ideal base for the organic textures.
Images left to right clockwise
Artwork – Bethany Linz
Chandelier – Klay Life
Wallpaper – Ascraft
Mirror – Xavier Furniture
Lamp – Bloomingdales
Coral – Angela Steyn & Co
Sideboard – Xavier Furniture
Dining Table – Angela Steyn & Co
Malawi Chair – Orient House
Feature image: ANGELA STEYN & Co