Globally Inspired Decor

While we pride ourselves on domestic fabrics proudly made in the USA, we also welcome inspiration from all corners of the world. We’re into everything from Indonesian cane detailing on beds and cabinet doors, to tribal patterns on pillows, to ikat-inspired rug designs.

Read on for a list of cultural influences you can easily add to your home decor.

1. Cane Detailing from Indonesia

cane detailing

Carmel bed (left) and Beatrice cabinet (right)

Caning is a method of weaving chair seats, cabinet doors, and other kinds of furniture using cane derived from the rattan vine native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Cane weaving is not to be confused with wicker, as wicker is a broader method, incorporating different sorts of man-made materials rather than solely rattan. Cane detailing adds texture and contrast.

2. Textiles with ethnic influences

hand-dyed textiles and indigo

The subtly faded, hand-dyed look of Cisco’s Costello chair (left). A vibrant Bali Indigo pattern marks the beautiful Allegra Chair (right).

Fabric can make a huge statement in your home, especially with the bold hues of indigo or the use of hand-dyed textiles with an ethnic influence. Reminiscent of the natural vegetable dying process, these striking designs add confluence of character, color, and culture.

3. Tribal patterns to achieve an earthly symmetry

tribal patterns

The tribal patterns of the (clockwise from top) Adobe pillow, Elly Onyx pillow, and Journey jute rug.

Eclectic, symmetrical tribal patterns, adding color depth and contrast, can adorn anything from your throw pillows to your area rugs. These designs go above and beyond your run-of-the-mill home decor!

4. Got to have Ikat

ikat influences

Clockwise from top: The Aviva chair in ikat pewter fabric, Bombay Geranium pillow, LouLou pillow, and Luna rug.

Fabric made using the Indonesian decorative technique called ikat uses warp or weft threads that are tie-dyed just before weaving. The process produces elaborate, multi-colored patterns with a characteristic blurred quality. The look is as unique as the name itself.

For whatever corner of the world inspires you, we have a wide array of options if you’re thinking outside the box (or this side of the world!) Shop accessories and home decor during Bonus Days at bostoninteriors.com.

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Beach House Beautification

A coastal home makeover

With the help of a Boston Interiors Design Associate, one lucky customer was able to beautifully outfit their beach home in plenty of time for summer. The client took advantage of our free in-store design service, offered at all store locations.

The look
The customer opted for a contemporary coastal theme, largely in white, to complement the pristine, richly colored hardwood floors and generous window space overlooking the ocean on the South Shore of Massachusetts.

Santa Fe Sofa and Nika Coffee Table

The Santa Fe Slipcover Sofa and a sustainable mango oval coffee table.

The living space
The easy-to-care-for Santa Fe Slipcover Sofa was a perfect option for a casual, coastal feel when paired against the gentle distressing of the sustainable mango hardwood coffee table. Slipcover chairs carried over the vibe to an additional seating area.

Santa Fe Chairs

The Santa Fe Slipcover Chairs flank a white end table.

The entertainment spaces
Where full-on white would have overwhelmed, two-toned pieces—such as the Seabrook end table—offered a warm alternative, as did the juxtaposition of natural side chairs against a white dining table in the eat-in breakfast nook. (For the table, the homeowner had a specific look in mind. Luckily, we have a plethora of bespoke options, so they opted for this beautiful custom table!)

In addition to the two-tone look the use of natural  textures, in place of color, created a layered look.

Catalina bed, bermex table

left: Seabrook Night Table made of sustainable mahogany and mindi wood, topped with the Sea Green Glass Lamp with texture supplied by the woven Catalina Bed. right: custom table and chairs.

The work space
The sandalwood finish of the Marlowe Desk emits, in some lights, an oyster-like hue, which makes it perfect for this beachside retreat. Dark bronze cupped hardware sets off the cream slipcover side chair, making it an apt companion to this desk.

Cassie Marlowe Desk

Marlowe Desk with slipcovered, skirted chair. (For a similar look, check out the Karli Side Chair.)

The sleeping spaces
Perhaps the most unique and exciting pieces were reserved for the kids rooms: custom painted finish beds in ocean-blue with wave cutouts!

Kids bedroom furniture

The kids’ furniture steals the show: a custom painted bed with wave cutouts.

The guest bedroom utilized the handwoven abaca of the Catalina Queen Platform bed to mimic sand-like hues, while the long-lasting quality of the solid mahogany and mango frame helped ensure a sound investment.

Catalina Woven Queen Bed

We’re in supreme envy of the final result: a bright, contemporary beach escape with all the fixings for an easy, breezy summer.

beach
Want help designing your space? Ask one of our designers…it’s free in all of our stores!

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even more ways…to color your world

Spring has sprung in earnest here in New England, and we’ve officially caught the color bug! In our last post we highlighted ways to set the vibe in your home, from bold accent walls to cheery accessories.

But who’s to say the furniture can’t stand in as a source of vibrant, eye-catching bedazzlement?

The [good] moody blues

As we stated in our last post, blue can embody a sense of calm, and with varying shades like cornflower and pebble blue – you can’t go wrong with blue tables, benches, cabinets…or even a sofa. Blue can be dusty with gray undertones for a lived-in feel, or it can even be layered tone-on-tone.

Get razzed up

You can pair neutrals, like charcoals, with bold raspberries and fuchsias for maximum effect, like with this Astra swivel chair, and accent the piece with another bold color, like teal or green.

Still not sure? We admit, raspberry is bold, but when grounded, it can add an undeniable statement to your home.

Seafaring greens

Whether you’re inspired by Mother Earth or the heart chakra, glorious shades of green never fail to turn heads. We like it in soft tones of seafoam, or kelly green. Emerald, too!

 

Stop in or shop online (coupon code MM) for our Memorial Day Sale, going on now, where you can save hundreds on upholstery and bedroom furniture in your favorite green, raspberry, and blue shades, plus hundreds more fabrics and colors!

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Color your world

At Boston Interiors, we love color. Color—yes, real color!—can completely change the mood of a room. You can create a color story starting with any element, from accent pillows to patterned rugs to paint color.

Zen Den

Generally, sunny, bright yellows evoke a fresh feeling of warmth, especially when paired with light blues and celery greens. Swathed in these cheery hues, your kitchen or bedroom will transform into a place of zen, offering a daily lift to the spirit.

Cool Calm

For more of a relaxation vibe, try mixing blues and grays: warm tones for a serene setting, or cool tones for a “chilled-out” feeling. Bonus, both are ultra current looks.

An ethereal sky blue wall registers a sense of cool calm.

An ethereal sky blue wall registers a sense of cool calm against pale blue throws and soft peach  pillows. Paint color: Water 03

Audacious accent walls

For bold pops of color, try splashing an accent wall with a striking, rich hue. Situated against furniture, the wall color will help the piece stand out and make a dramatic statement…whatever that may be!

A bold purple accent wall enhances the furniture set against it.

A bold accent wall enhances the furniture set against it. Paint color: Water 05

Let us help

PaintNow that we offer eco-focused, superior coverage paint (delivered direct to your door), make an appointment with one of our designers who will help you choose from our endless color options. Even more, get free shipping over $50!

Don’t fear color, embolden your world.

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Outdoor is in

It used to be that your outdoor space was utilized periodically—a simple picnic table would do the trick. These days, outdoor spaces are truly an extension of your home. Whether it’s on a mahogany deck just off your kitchen, a brick patio with a marshmallow-roasting fire pit, or a three-season porch serving as a second family room, there are more options than ever before to expand and furnish your space.

outdoor nassau lounge collection

Plush comfort in the cabana-style Nassau dining furniture. Pictured: lounge sofa, chair, and sustainable teak plank-top coffee table.

Al fresco

With that clunky old picnic table out of the picture, there are unique dining sets so beautiful they could sit inside your home. But with warm weather on the horizon, why stay indoors?

st.tropez-set

Feel like you’re sipping cappuccino in a French bistro with our compact St. Tropez Dining Set, perfect for smaller outdoor spaces.

Dine al fresco with a French café-inspired bistro set, or sink into a cabana-style plush chair. You can always opt for easy clean up with tempered glass tops!

Bar Cart

Make the most of your space

Another way to extend your indoor living space is by creating a lounge-like outdoor area with comfy lounge sofas and coffee tables. Complement the fun atmosphere with colorful rugs and pillows and top surfaces with a crisp lemonade, a fresh brew, or a summery cocktail. And don’t forget the bar cart!

A peek at teak

Outdoor teak furniture from Boston Interiors

The Oceanside whitewash teak dining set features plank tops and a light wax finish.

Many of our offerings feature sustainable or whitewashed teak, styled with plank top designs or finished in a light wax. Look for pieces that will withstand the elements—from April showers to blazing August heat—with features such as UV-resistant chair cushions and sunproof fabrics.

In living color

And of course customization is king: choose from dozens of color and finish options. Tractor red chair? Check. A gold Adirondack chair in a weathered finish? Why not?

outdoor chairs in color at boston interiors

Brighten up your outdoor space with bold color and finish options, from tractor red rocking chairs to gold Adirondak chairs.

In the end, transforming your outdoor space to be unique to your style will be a breeze, and with the extra square footage, you’ll have yourself a true outdoor oasis.

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