Emily Henderson On How to Master Globally-Inspired Decor

10 things we learned from the style maven, plus her favorite pieces from Target's new collection.

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photography by EMILY HENDERSON


Compelling patterns and vibrant prints are at the center of the globally-inspired boho chic aesthetic, where a shortage of color is never an issue. It's understandable to feel intimidated by the look, especially when it comes to incorporating elements into an existing decor scheme. We turned to style maven and Target Home style expert, Emily Henderson, for help.

She shared her tips for incorporating global decor—inspired by Target’s new Threshold spring collection—into every style and space, plus her favorite pieces from the line (available online and in stores now).

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photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


The contemporary space
A streamlined and minimal decor scheme doesn't necessarily mean having to forgo color or pattern. Here's what Emily advises:

Choose a color palette of safe neutrals...
"...but have fun with the textiles! The key is mixing materials and patterns in pillows, throws, and rugs within those palettes." Warm up the space with metallics such as gold or brass.

Green foliage works with any color palette and style
Incorporate in fresh plants to offset the seriousness of a sitting area.

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photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


What are some common misconceptions about the "global" look?
That the trend is too colorful,” or “too busy. I find that when people hear “global” in relation to home decor, they’ll often think of busy patterns and heavy textures, which is not necessarily true, especially when it comes to Threshold’s spring assortment. The collection includes pieces in vibrant colors and interesting patterns, but is still approachable and can be integrated into any space. 

photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


The luxury-meets-glam space
From the gilded details to the luxe furnishings, a glam decor scheme is hardly an aesthetic that one would pair with a boho-chic look. According to Emily, global can also be glamorous. Here's how:

Bring in playful textiles
Soften up formal furnishings by incorporating playfully colorful pieces that will impart the area with a casual touch.

Gold is the metallic of choice
If there's one thing we've learned here, it's that a gold-finish or metallic accent can really go the distance, regardless of the decorative scheme. In this particular case, it keeps the look feeling glam.

Utilize Hanging Planters
Not only do these eye-catching displays create a soft and sculptural element, they also help divert the line of vision to a higher scope. 

Contrast The Refined Finishes 
Filter in handmade pottery or whimsical, carved animals to give an area (or shelf!) a more playful vibe.

photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


When it comes to the boho-chic aesthetic, what's your favorite texture?
Tassels and fringe are my textures of choice at the moment. They are so fun, and add dimension to a space while creating visual interest for you and your guests to enjoy. I’m also loving handmade pottery. These earthenware vases are beautiful in person and add character to any tabletop.

photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


For someone who's not ready to totally take the plunge, what are some ways they can start small?
Opt for pieces that have that bohemian look and feel, but in a neutral color palette. I love this lidded vasebraided throw pillow, and hand woven wool rug. They’re all independently gorgeous, but would also work well together in an existing space. Also, don’t feel like you need to go all out in every room of your house, you can start small, by introducing global pieces to a small corner or reading nook first.

photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


The formal and traditional space
Dining rooms can often, ironically, end up feeling stuffy and uninviting, especially when working with a formal setting. Here's what Emily suggests for avoiding this common dilemma:

Mix up your seating
Add unexpected seating options into the mix to offset the formality of a dining room set. Here, wing chairs come decked with globally-inspired textures that instill a dynamically cozy detail. The formal dining chairs emulate the traditional scheme while the matching bench makes things more inviting.

Add bold prints and color with art
Think of wall art as a low-committal method to experimenting with color and pattern. Here, opting for just two similar pieces keeps things formal.

Make a statement with the centerpiece
Bring in tabletop accessories in trendy colors that will pop against the finish of the table while implementing an organic vibe.

A little gold never hurt even the most traditional of dining rooms
Utilize gold decorative elements to add in depth and help reflect light throughout the space. And don't forget, indoor plants and bold flowers are inexpensive ways to add big life to any space!

photography by TESSA NEUSTADT


How would one avoid going overboard with adding color to the more "traditional" scheme?
Pair colorful potsvases, and planters with greenery that balances out the global look and creates a cohesive feel throughout any room or house. Similarly, focus on incorporating pieces in two or three colorways—like teal, blue, and navy. Doing this will also help tell a stronger, more streamlined story.

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Published on April 20, 2017

Published on April 20, 2017 - 5:00am EDT

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