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Be Influenced By the Bright Palettes and Vibrant Patterns of South America

Embrace the South American trend this season. Think psychedelic colours, cactus silhouettes, mixed materials, embroidered textiles, bold geometrics and jungle and carnival themed accessories for a truly authentic scheme

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Interiors Writer

Introduce colour in all its glory

Look to the colour wheel to fashion a vibrant living room that is bursting with bold colour, flamboyance and frivolity. Choose a palette of primary and secondary colours to create the ultimate contrast. Opt for a large-scale pattern in a painterly diamond graphic to create a strong focal point at the window and confidently clash patterns, safe in the knowledge that the harmonious colours will unite the disparate elements. 

Decorate with strong organic elements 

Forget about pristine decor and glossy finishes - right now, it's all about texture. Channel the look du jour by bringing together contrasting surfaces. Fuse the fun and jollity of South America with industrial interiors for a scheme that truly celebrates the bare bones of a functional space. Versatile, strong and readily available, concrete is an industrial stalwart, but when teamed with overgrown foliage, it can really emphasis the jungle theme. Finish with a Spanish slogan along a mirror or wall for a truly authentic Latin look.
 

 
Desert-themed Dining Room With Rustic Blue Pendant Lights
Photo credit: Catherine Gratwicke for Homes & Gardens

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Devise a desert-themed scheme

For a fresh take on classic style, try rustic with splashes of lively colour. Conjure up visions of the Sonoran desert with a selection of cacti and succulents. Relive the memories of sunnier climes with carnival-like fabrics. Ruffles scream 'come touch me' - use to give a tablecloth a playful edge. This ravishing red design is certainly eye-catching.

 
Modern ethnic sun room with monochrome mural and layered rugs
Photo credit: Neil Mersh for Livingetc

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Make it monochrome

To echo one of the most eye-catching colour combos in the natural world, layer a monochrome scheme with geometric motifs and rainforest scenery. Go for large-scale pattern - it will look great as a feature wall. Lay mismatching rugs over a hardwood or stone floor to soften your scheme. Best in high-traffic areas, sisal works well underfoot. Finally, rattan furniture adds a safari-style edge.

 
Jungle-print Hallway with Colourful Door Curtain
Photo credit: Simon Bevan for Livingetc

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Channel a party vibe

Embrace a vivid jungle theme in your hallway with this hot-house trend. Mix and mismatch colour and pattern for luxe eclecticism. Create a harmonious look by matching the colours on the fabric and wallpaper. Here, the pinks, blues and greens used across the patterns sit as close together on the colour spectrum as possible. As well as the colour, also consider mimicking the scale of the pattern on both fabric and wallpaper. Use colours that scream fiesta fun for an authentic Latin look. 

 
Modern Bedroom with Dressing Area and Tropical Mural
Photo credit: Katya De Grunwald for Homes & Gardens

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Make it modern

Use a digitally printed vista of a picturesque landscape in an epic scale to add romance and playfulness to a scheme. Pay homage to the acrid climate of the Amazon rainforest with a hazy tropical mural. A dreamy scene full of colour would look heavenly in a dressing room. Balance the tropical theme with crisp, modern furniture in a variety of materials, ranging from wood to stone.