There’s a question mark in the title because I think this will become a trend in the U.S., but I don’t think it’s a trend yet. It’s a trend when it rampages across the country into living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms everywhere. I think right now it is stepping onto the shores, testing the waters, seeing if it will be accepted.
What is it?
layers of global patterns in whites
- Whites in different shades, lighter, darker, clean, dusty, all mixed together
- Patterns inspired by India, Bali, Morocco, Spain and beyond, all mixed together
It looks like this from Restoration Hardware:
The origins of this look are shown in this image that I shared back in 2013, from Maisons du Monde:
I shared this image in a post called Scandinavian White Interiors with an Indian Twist. And this white layered patterns “potential trend” is exactly that — a mix of global style with Indian, Moroccan, Indonesian, Lamu style and more all in the same room.
The look is created with:
- Carved white-washed wood
- Round turned wood shapes
- Embroidered and printed patterned textiles
- Pierced metal lanterns
- Woven patterns in lampshades, baskets, sisal rugs
For the tension that makes things interesting, mix elegant swirls and florals with thick rustic chunky shapes. White colors tie it all together.
Someone said to me that if you want to know what’s coming soon to the U.S., look at what’s popular in Australia. My Instagram has been full of white layered patterns from many Australian companies, especially in the Byron Bay area which is on the west coast of Australia, between Brisbane and Syndey.
Here’s a few Instagrammers to watch if you want to get schooled on this style …
Bisque Traders imports to Australia from around the world and while they’re introducing more color lately, the roots of their aesthetic is in rustic whites:
Bisque Traders has a website where you can find a full range of products that fit their light, white “with a touch of tribal” aesthetic.
Alabaster Trader has the look, especially with their carved and mirrored white-washed wood consoles and damchiyas from India which you can order online at their shop:
The Ha’veli of Byron Bay is where you can see the look in action, warmed up with some darker browns:
They also have an online shop where you can get the look.
While the Grove at Byron Bay Instagram account is no longer active, it has an archive of photos that show this layered white pattern look, blended with boho macrame and woven reeds:
As shown here at The Grove in Byron Bay, you don’t have to have everything in every room be patterned. Here the background is white, the pots are white, even the rocks in the pots are white, and the glorious enormous mirror brings the patterns:
Seeing these images over the last few years definitely influenced my thinking for our apartment in Chennai, India. As I’ve written about here previously, I’m keeping the apartment mostly white-walled so it’s bright, calm and soothing. But what is India without the searing bright pinks, oranges and blues? I bought pillows and fabrics with those iconic Indian colors. But they didn’t feel like they delivered the soothing feeling that I want. I think those colors will wind up piled on a four-poster canopied daybed in the guest room. The rest of the place will look like this mock-up:
I already have all these pillows, rug and similar table. And here’s the patterned wall and lanterns in the entry area:
We’re on our way to this look in our place in India. There’s a long way to go, though! Here’s my moodboard that guides this entry area as I add new things to it: