Despite globalisation and the possibilities of modern technology, our view of the world seems to be getting ever narrower. To fight back, we need a more realistic view of the world, in all its colours, smells, opinions, influences, generations and cultures. The ‘Blended Cultures’ trend mixes different styles from all over the world.
Colours and materials
There seems to be no borders between the various parts of the world from which the trend ‘Blended Cultures’ gets its inspiration. It is basically a mixture of folklore influences and different ethnic backgrounds.
Materials can be patterned, printed, woven or braided. Woven plant pots from Africa can be combined with a ceramic vase from the local potter. There are not many rules with this style trend. The result is a collection of products with an artisan and industrial feel. Cheerful, warm, colourful, varied, eclectic.
The colour palette is equally broad. Faded tones combined with bright and natural colours. Notable recurring colours are dark orange and rust shades.
Flowers and plants
In the ‘Blended Cultures’ trend, there is plenty of mixing of flowers and plants: green blooms and bouquets with non-obvious flower combinations.
You can apply this style trend with a few simple additions and adjustments. Assemble a collection of handcrafted vases, and create space for uplifting flowers in the house. Examples: a ceramic vase is transformed into a person with earrings and necklaces as accessories, the rattan garden set is wrapped in coarse knits, and plant pots can be dressed with a colourful woven ‘jacket’.
As for the flowers themselves, they all work well with this trend – it is about inclusivity, after all. In particular, try using the colourful gerbera, anthurium and refined ranunculus.