Decorating Frenzy – The World’s Best Home Decor Expos

Are you a home décor fanatic? A person who can’t help but spend their time decorating and looking around for new bric-a-brac to fill your home? You get distracted in IKEA, wander into antique shops and don’t leave for hours, and are constantly arguing with the hubby about whether you can afford another remodeling. True? Well, perhaps you want to splurge and check out some of these expos, both in your own backyard and across the globe.

Washington Home and Garden Show

A renovators dream. This annual show takes place in March in the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre – in fact, it’s right near the city museum in downtown DC. Here 700 exhibitors show off their wares, so you can’t say you’re want for choice. Children aged five and under get in free, and it’s only $12 for an adult. Be sure to check out the innovative ‘Annapolis Lighting White Room’ where people stick colourful stickers all over a white room and its white furniture. It’ll be a sensuous piece of art by the end of it.

Home Base Expo, Perth

This expo is based in Perth, Australia, this expo is open seven days a week all year around. That’s right. You don’t have to wait until a particular season to get your fix of building, renovating, decorating, landscaping, interior design and architectural innovation. You can buy so many products from the 350 displays, and may find yourself feeling a little bit inspired. They also offer 6 week courses and half day seminars for anyone who wants a little bit of advice from an independent practitioner.

Home Décor Expo, Poznan

Come to Poland for this European design expo. Participants come from loads of countries – Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Frances, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary and Ireland – and know their stuff. There’s stuff for the person who wants to renovate their kitchen, their bathroom, or their backyard. This is about gorgeous interior design, from experts who know what’s important when putting together your perfect home.

Décor Expo, Algier

Algeria is your next stop – a small African country who offers their homeware exhibition in November. It’s got a stack of international furniture, decoration, home textile, housewares and electrical appliances up for grabs for the thrifty home décor shopper with a more exotic eye.

Home Dec, Asia

This exhibition visits many parts of Malaysia over the course of July, September and October. This requires less travel than a trip to the US or Europe, but offers just as many sights on the side. Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia are the first stops on this exhibition’s tour, and then you’ll move on to Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Now that you’ve gotten yourself into the expo state of mind, you’ve got to get prepared! Pack a nice lunch or bring some money for some snacks. You won’t regret your day marveling at one of these great expos… and hey, maybe you could do a little bit of sightseeing on the side?

All About Global Home Accessories and Decor

A few years back, global decor was all the rage. Then it became taboo. Now, global home decor is back and better than ever. The internet has allowed people from all over the world to bring their culture front and center. This movement has trickled into home accessories and decor and now, global decor isn’t just about Asian or Indian influences. Global decor can include home accessories from just about anywhere: South America, Australia, Europe and beyond.

Global Home Decor: What to Look For

Following a trend is one thing, but with global home decor, you can easily become your own trendsetter. Perhaps you’ve got a far-off place you’ve always wanted to visit, such as Australia. Instead of following the main trend of global decor (which tends to be more of an oriental influence) why not follow a more Australian influence instead?

For example, you could use prints of Aborigine drawings or a collection of framed boomerangs as your wall art. You can mix and match these with South American fabric prints for your furnitures, such as ikat prints, which will blend well into an Australian-based global home decor theme.

Global decor also has an antique or reclaimed appeal to it. Furnitures that are made from reclaimed woods, such as side tables, coffee tables or dining tables, all fit well into a global decor scheme no matter what country you are pulling your influence from. Antique furnitures also work well, especially when aiming for an oriental-styled global decor look.

When looking at antique furnitures, try to think outside the box. For example, an old antique footstool might make a perfect side table. An antique record player, such as an old Victrola, could be a perfect buffet with some work. Don’t limit yourself with the furniture’s original purpose!

When choosing fabric items such as throw pillows or blankets, don’t be afraid of bright, vibrant colors; especially if going for an Indian, Moroccan or Oriental vibe. Remember, these cultures favor bright, vibrant shades like burnt orange, poppy red and shades of purple, blue and green. If these colors are too much, try pairing them with larger neutral pieces of furnitures or a neutral wall paint, which will help tone them down.

When decorating in a global style, just remember that there are more countries in the world and subsequently hundreds if not thousands of different styles that you could incorporate into a global home decor theme. The world is a vast place, so don’t feel limited by the typical Oriental global decor.