Design Trendspotting: Global Inspirations


Prior to 2020, the past decade saw a rise in experiential travel, with travelers seeking out more authentic travel experiences. Instead of spending a week at a beachside resort, we increasingly want to take cooking classes, do homestays, and visit traditional artisans, with the goal of learning from the people who actually live in the places we go. 

Unsurprisingly, this trend toward learning and experiencing the world has influenced our aesthetics. And especially now, as our opportunities to globetrot are limited, designers are looking to global inspirations as they create spaces. 

Livingetc Global Bedroom

This global trend incorporates a designer’s or homeowner’s own travel experiences, bringing textures, patterns, statement pieces, and furniture styles from around the world into our rooms. Most important is the story that these pieces tell, their ability to come together and meaningfully convey the experience of traveling to another place. Pottery, tapestries, and landscaping can all be used to reflect the aesthetics of the places we’ve visited and loved — or dream of visiting in the future.

Oak Furniture House Living room
One way that designers are adopting this trend is by styling an entire room with a certain country in mind. For example, Spanish bathrooms with decorative tile and distinctive archways surged in popularly last year. Outdoors, landscapers are sourcing water-conserving grasses and ferns to plant Australian-style gardens — which also happen to be a more sustainable alternative to the classic American lawn.
Livingetc Global Bathroom
Our Arabian Perforated Grille draws upon the art of the Middle East, with its geometric mosaics.
Arabian Grille

Using a variety of tessellations, the grille reflects the arabesque style found in some of the world’s earliest artwork. If you’ve visited and loved the Arabian Peninsula — or if it’s a place you long to go when leisure travel is once again possible — this might be the perfect grille for your next project.

At ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE, we spot design trends so that we can provide our clients with metalwork that meets their needs, from grilles to custom pieces. We love it when a client finds a pattern within our vast array of grille designs that perfectly complements their current project, but if the perfect pattern doesn’t exist, we can create it. Questions about custom grille designs? Contact us. Know what you’re looking for? Request a quote.


Photo Credit: Livingetc, Oak Furniture House