According to Decorex trend forecasters, Victoria Redshaw and Shelley Pond from Scarlet Opus, as the latest Sex and the City 2 film release contains exciting desert and lively marketplace scenes filmed in Morocco (made to look like Abu Dhabi), it’s anticipated that the exotic and glamorous Bedouin style of the ‘girls’ will make its way from the world of fashion into our homes.

Inspiration can also be found in the cultural melting pot that is Istanbul – European Capital of Culture 2010 – with it wonderful architecture, crafts and colours.

This trend is all about a sense of escapism and adding a touch of the exotic into your life! It’s a fusion of old Moorish and Ottoman influences with a modern twist which results in an intensely stimulating style that also has a wonderful chill-out factor; a sophisticated yet informal look working with a warm colour palette of sandy terracotta shades and dark spices with intense blue accents and elements of bronze.

Shelley and Victoria advise that to create an exotic bohemian look in your own home use low-level seating and long cushions to give a relaxed ‘Hookah’ lounge vibe. Additionally, rugs, Ikat designs in fabrics and cushions and rich warm tones will set the scene.

As we enter the cooler months here in Australia, I think these colours and this style of decorating – with rugs, Ikat designs and rich warm tones – will work perfectly with our style of living.

I have chosen the colours shown here to represent this look from the Dulux range, which include the following:

Spice of Life
Velvet Rose
Kangaroo Pouch
Summerday Blue
Oasis Spring
Raw Cotton

You can find these colours on the Dulux website:

For more information on Decorex, London 2010 visit: