How to Incorporate Global Pieces into Your Decor

One of the questions we here at World Market get asked most often is: How do I incorporate unique global pieces into my existing home decor?

It’s a totally valid query! When your style is, say, clean and minimalist — what’s the best way to add in colorful African tribal handicrafts without creating a jarring visual? If your style is sleek mid-century modern, how do you seamlessly infuse rough-hewn eclectic textures? Incorporating items that, at first glance, may seem contradictory, is really an opportunity to add interest and captivating focal points to your space.

How to Add Global Pieces

Gather your favorite worldly wonders and travel treasures — we’ll share our top tips for bringing global style home with effortless flair!

Mix & Mismatch

Our #1 tip for adding in those unusual global pieces is to mix them in sparingly among your current decor. Break up the straight lines from those stacks of novels on your bookshelf with a traditional-patterned Mud Cloth Frame. Create a textural focal point on your wall with an authentic feathered African Juju Hat. Don’t be afraid to mismatch the styles and have some creative fun — but at the same time, don’t go too crazy with the new pieces. You don’t want to overwhelm the style you’ve already established.

Shape Shift

One of the smoothest ways to introduce a pop of something different is to have it in some way repeat the shapes around it. For example, this disc-shaped decorative African shield and Ceramic Cachepots featuring round tribal accents don’t stand out against the small iterating circles of the wallpaper and large circular mirror, but instead blend together nicely. It’s a clever visual trick used by interior decorators everywhere, and we adore it, too!

Add the Unconventional

Unique finds we somehow manage to bring home from around the world en masse are vibrant, eclectic jewelry pieces. One-of-a-kind items like these are easy to add into any style scheme as under-the-radar decor. You can display them on the wall within a collage of 3D wall art and picture frames, hang them from doorknobs for a subtle dash of texture and color, or showcase them together in your favorite tribal basket as coffee table flair.

A Twist on Texture

Not everything needs to blend into your current decor with deliberate smoothness. A collection of varying textures adds layers of interest to really catch the eye. Your mid-century home office desk and accessories might just benefit from the authentic style of a hand carved Oryx antelope accent. Rough-hewn pottery is another genius way to beautifully interrupt a clean-lined look.

Of course, the best way to perfect the art of incorporating global pieces into your existing decor? Just be brave, get creative, and try out your ideas!

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8 Comments

  • Karen A

    My global decor had its beginning over 30 years ago. We were in college, on a budget, had just built a home and I was determined to create a home that inspired and provided creative cozy. Family fixes, cast aside, elephant and yard sales, real sake worthy discards and friends discards became my shopping mall.
    Nothing better than walking your own path, calling out to to your unique self and wandering through World Market to inspire your desire. Grab your bagand be on your WY to expressing your own unique story style.

  • WorldlyCitizen

    The Ethnic global offerings is specifically why I like World Market and go back time and time again, and always find African, Indian and South Asian treasures. Please don’t change!

    If I want Americana and European styles I can go to antique stores, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate & Barrel and IKEA

  • MAinMI

    Please read “A twist on texture”, above. World Market has it right. Your house doesn’t need to be a “one trick pony”, ethnically speaking. Pick and choose what speaks to you, regardless of ethnic origin; keep it varied and interesting and YOU. If you don’t, it will look inauthentic and staged, and you know what? The people you know and invite into your homw will know that, because they know you. Don’t follow fads.

  • Thomas

    I personally would like to see more European, Mediterranean and South American themed decor. The Asian and African themed decor is nice, but it is not personally favored theme.

  • Sharon Smith

    I would like to see less emphasis on African & Asian themed decor & more vintage Americana. I realize “world market” is your name, but I’m not sure you’re keeping up with the times.

    • Kimber

      Yeah because the whole point of going to a “global” store is to look for more “america” and less diversity in aesthetics. Lol.

      • Jb8s

        Agreed! There are many chain stores stocked with “vintage” Americana. I can think of a few located in the same mall as World Market.

    • WorldlyCitizen

      The Ethnic global offerings is specifically why I love World Market and go back time and time again, and always find African, Indian and South Asian treasures.

      If I want Americana and European styles I can go to antique stores, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel Target, and IKEA

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