While colonialism is a tainted and tarnished part of history, there is one thing that we can celebrate about this period–the amalgamation of two interior aesthetics. A cultural collaboration between east and west which works together in perfect harmony.

Think long, hot summer evenings. G&T in hand on a vast veranda overlooking towering palms and bougainvillea. The smell of jasmine and the sound of crickets filling the air.

Introduce a touch of the tropics to your home with botanical-inspired wallpaper.

Cole & Son Palm Jungle, House of Hackey Palmeral & Cole & Son Orchid

Light, airy fabrics and rattan furniture are reminiscent of balmy nights under the stars.

Adalet Curtain & Sylvie Curtain

RSG Classic Rattan Peacock Chair & Peacock Rattan Vintage Chair

Look for shelves with architectural accents such as archways or domes to create a palatial look.

Solid Mango Wood BookcaseAviary Bird Cage Shelving Unit

Whether it’s a cup of tea or a chilled g&t, good drinkware is essential.

Rosie Lee TeapotLa Rochere Bee Tumbler& Waterford Crystal Lismore Champagne Saucer

Experiment with lighting by sourcing quirky lamp bases with colonial touches.

OKA Elephant Desk Lamp & Ceylon Palm Tree Lamp Base

Embrace rich, vibrant colours and textures.

Alanya Floor Cushion, Crewelwork Cushion & Genevieve Bennett Pom Pom Cushion

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