An exotic theme is not especially specific when it comes to its origins, which may be as far flung as Morocco, India, Turkey, Arabia, and further East. Trading routes across the globe, together with the migration of artisan skills, architecture, and design, have resulted in a kaleidoscope of different influences, which are nevertheless connected by style, pattern, colour, tradition and more.
This look – both for inside and out – is rich and bold, with vivid colours, intricate design, and traditional touches ensuring a style that is as stimulating as it is relaxing. Here’s how to bring a touch of the exotic to your own outdoor space...
Elements of style
Easy ways to create a space with a dash of drama
Furnishings Exotic style lends itself to theatrical panache – more is more. Your outside space can be temporarily dressed for an occasion using lengths of floating jewel-coloured fabrics, flickering lanterns, rugs, cushions, outdoor sofas, daybeds, parasols and more.
Design If you want a more permanent garden design, take time to plan: traditional tiles, water features, lush planting and, not least, the colour of, say, pathways and exterior walls – which may range from deep blue to ochre and terracotta – are all essential to capturing this look. Such elements are steeped in tradition.