We typically return from our travels with small knickknacks and various forms of memorabilia, which more often than not, end up in storage. So, in lieu of resorting to that fate, we rounded up a few textile-based pieces that can actually live in your home as part of your decor. Here’s how to decorate with the globally-inspired pieces we’re loving right now.

Photography by URBAN OUTFITTERS Photography by Nicole Franzen

Serapes are notorious for their vibrant color schemes and we can’t think of a better way to display them than within a whitewashed setting.

Photography by TREVOR SMITH FOR RIP & TAN Photography by Nicole Franzen

Browse the local market on your next beach vacation for playfully patterned towels you can bring home. We love the idea of displaying the curated pieces on a chic ladder in the bathroom. Now that’s what we call functional decor.


Pick up a pair of throw pillows in a vibrant scheme and utilize them to bring in a pop of color to the entry or living room.

Photography by EBAY Photography by Nicole Franzen

Textiles can definitely double as art! Frame a patterned piece of fabric that caught your eye, for an exotic detail that’s sure to wow.

Photography by GUNN & SWAIN Courtesy of Athena Calderone

Hang a patterned blanket or towel within a monochromatic nook to impart the space with a temporary pop of color.

Photography by Erik Grammer

A patterned throw gets a new lease on life as a repurposed cushion, which brings an added touch of warmth to this rustic dining room.

Photography by MIKKEL VANG Photography by Laure Joliet; Design by Reath Design.

Convert tea towels or various textiles into chic throw pillow covers, and style them within a cozy nook for a dynamically colorful finish.

Photography by PATRICK CLINE

This jewel-toned suzani throw gives this living space an air of worldly charm, while also complementing the rather impressive

gallery wall

up top.

Photography by LAURA RESEN

Convert a motif you may have spotted on your travels into a wallpaper or fabric.


Designate a patterned floor runner as a base for your summer tablescape. Top with an eclectic assortment of decorative accents and mini succulents to complete the look.

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Published May 3, 2017