If you’ve been anywhere near a homewares shop or interiors magazine recently, you’ll have surely noticed the HUGE trend for all things tribal that’s been making its way from the catwalks and into our homes.

Fabrics are awash with African prints in earthy tones of rust, ochre and bronze, ceramics are emblazoned with painted tribal patterns ranging from Aztec to Ikat and texture is everywhere, with bamboo, rattan, roughened wood and hessian tying the whole look together.  In fact, you could say this theme is more akin to a nomadic, world traveller trend, with inspiration taken from anywhere between the South American desert (think Aztec prints on woven throws) to the streets and souks of deepest Morocco (think intricately decorated brass lanterns and bejewelled frames and glassware).

So, with many stores on the High Street and the major supermarkets channelling this look through their Spring/Summer ’17 homeware collections, it’s easy to become carried away with it all and buy tribal/nomadic/ethnical everything, but like other super trends that have come and gone before, the trick is to choose wisely … only buy what you love, select pieces that will fit with your particular decor style and aim to buy items that can be easily swapped out when you become tired of the look.  Oh, we’re so fickle, aren’t we?!

Decor Trends Tribal Look


If you’re unsure where to start with this trend, look no further than your local High Street.  At the lower end of the price market, Matalan reigns supreme with its Tribal Trend collection, a fun selection of accessories and home furnishings in a predominantly green and yellow palette, with a hint of Africana (such as this giraffe cushion and this fun elephant one), plus plenty of bamboo, hessian and macrame. There’s a touch of the botanical creeping into the Tribal Trend homewares, too, therefore ideal for adding some Spring freshness to the home.

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Images via Matalan


Key products I have my eye on include this beautiful hanging rope decoration, this beauty of a cushion and this cute hanging planter, all of which are ridiculously good value for under a tenner apiece.


La Redoute’s globally inspired collection is another one to check out.  Their soft furnishings will add bright bursts of colour to your home; make sure to pair them up with natural finishes such as wicker and wood to achieve a balanced look with plenty of texture.

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Images via La Redoute


I love these coloured planters which will add a flash of colour and a sunny vibe to a kitchen window sill or bathroom shelf.  Also hitting the tribal note perfectly is this rattan chair, which will look equally good in a sitting room as it will out on the patio or balcony.  Lots of lovely vases to choose from too, including this tall enamelled one and this chic ethnic design handcrafted from terracotta with an aged silver-coloured finish.

(There is 30% off all full price SS17 homewares at La Redoute up until 10/04/17 with code HOME30).


John Lewis has embraced the global trend with its Fusion collection, full of lively colours and Moroccan influence.  With a focus on layers and tactile surfaces, its collection is a spicy mix of Ikat patterned fabrics, throws and cushions, along with hammered metal and wood grain finishes.

Key items for me include this beautiful blue throw (equally sumptuous in yellow!), this elegant table lamp and (if I had room for another rug!) this beautiful handwoven knotted one.

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Images via John Lewis


Other places you can find some great pieces include IKEA, whose new JASSA collection is a collation of richly patterned Indian print fabrics and handwoven basket-ware, with textured woven rugs from £25 and mix ‘n’ match printed cushion covers from £4.  M&S has more of an African safari feel to its new collection, which manages to be both eclectic and elegant, with plenty of patterned detailing such as on this mug and this range of ceramic dip bowls, just £4 each.  I’m coveting this monochrome mat and actually how cute is this bookend?  Check out the entire M&S Global Chic range here.  Finally, Primark has a great range of cushions and accessories in summery hues of hot pink and turquoise that won’t break the bank.


Feeling inspired to try out this trend in your own home?  Here are some home set-ups demonstrating how you can make it work without your home ending up resembling the set of Out of Africa…

Choose a focal point and work from there. In this living room, the elephant print provides the central focus and therefore sets a theme.  With the addition of a striking geometric monochrome throw, a faux animal skin cushion and a few rattan accents, this look proves you can work the tribal trend into existing minimalist decor easily.  This tassel throw from TK Maxx will offer a similar look.

tribal trend sofa

Via Pinterest


This dining room shows how you can use touches of rattan to add warmth and texture to a room, along with some carefully placed earthenware pots and a touch of greenery.  Find similar dining chairs here.

dining room with rattan accents

Via Pinterest

The addition of a selection of patterned cushions in soft, dusky tones, adds interest to this bench stool in a bedroom.  There doesn’t need to be a global/tribal theme in the entire room – with interiors trends, as with fashion trends, a subtle nod to the style is more than enough.  I found similar style cushions here and here.

tribal cushions

Via Bohemian Modern by Emily Henson

This grey sofa has been given an Arizona desert update with Ikat cushions and a cotton rug in muted tones, yet with pops of turquoise to lift the look.  I like how the midcentury modern furnishings can marry so effortlessly with the nomadic feel of the accessories.

aztec living room

Via The Maker Place

This colourful antique kilim rug looks amazing in this all white kitchen space and shows how with one key item, you can bring interest and life to a space that is predominantly neutral and muted.  Plus, I’m pretty sure that rug will disguise all manner of food spills from the table – an added bonus, obviously!!  Find a similar style rug here (and remember with the code DEKKO10 you can get 10% off any Kukoon.com rug until July ’17).

kitchen aztec rug

Via Design Sponge

It’s such a versatile trend, with so many sub trends feeding into it – you can tap into the botanical trend with shots of greenery, the desert chic trend with Aztec prints and cacti (the cactus is THE big icon of Summer 2017 interior accessories – expect to see it everywhere and on everything!), plus terracotta is set to be huge this year, too, so buy earthenware pots to your heart’s content!

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and lots of fun shopping for your home.

K x

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4 Comments on Decor Trends 2017: Get the Tribal Look

    • Yes I read in Elle Deco this month that terracotta painted walls are back in – not sure I can quite bring myself just yet…!!

  1. I love the images where this trend has been used alongside other pieces of furniture. It makes it so much more liveable. Gosh terracotta wall? Good god no. I remember my friend’s Dad painted his hallway this colour and it was horrendous!! xx

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