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A new take on tribal

Tribal Design Inspiration

Darren PalmerDarren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Traditional tribal artwork is seeing a reinvigoration and reinterpretation in 2018. Linear, geometric and rustic, the patterns have long been used in interiors to provide a touch point of authenticity and heritage. This year that it’s been revolutionised into something cutting edge and of our digital time.

More and more, tribal influenced patterns are being simplified and applied in more diverse ways, from digitally printed fabrics to rugs, home objects such a pots and décor, and other textiles in the home.

The integrity of the linear and geometric elements remain, but they’re turned up in regard to colour - with typically monochromatic looks reinterpreted with bright colours. Traditional ochre, terracotta, white and black is also used; as are lighter tonal variations of whites and neutrals. The key is the hand-drawn nature of the lines, the repeated geometric shapes such as zig zags and triangles in a rustic and relaxed arrangement, keeping the design from feeling manufactured or too precise.

Tribal Flooring Ideas

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1. Rugs - Concepts Boho

2. Rugs - Ruby Belle Modern Blue

3. Rugs - Haven Navy

4. Darren Palmer - Correa Cushion | Myer

5. Darren Palmer - Renga Renga Cushion | Myer