Brazil has undoubtedly influenced the course of modern design with the likes of Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture and product designer Jader Almeida. It caused a stir in the sporting world after hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the country’s known for its busy beaches, dance, flamboyant carnivals and samba music. We delve deeper into interior inspiration from the beating heart of South America.
Rio de Janeiro is a prime destination for sunseekers, city breakers and backpackers alike. Tune into the city’s bohemian vacation vibe by adding Rio themed travel prints to your interior. Complete the look with soft furnishings in tribal patterns and travel accessories such as globes and trunks.
Brazil is home to 4 million different plant and animal species. Bring the Amazon into your home with art prints of vibrant leaves and beautiful birds. Pair your art with tropical flowers and leaves in a simple vase, or a palm tree in a chunky pot. Choose a large print of Deborah Schenck’s palms for a fresh statement piece, or create a colourful gallery wall with tropical bird prints. Find out how to create a gallery wall.
As Brazil is bursting with tropical fruit, dangling from the trees and adorning the hats of carnival-goers, a Brazilian interior is not complete without a splash of fruity colour. Use the zingy lime green of Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, and don’t be afraid to combine it with watermelon pink and bright turquoise for an exuberant tropical look. Bright, fruit-themed art prints refresh your walls with summer colour.
Rio’s fascinating skyline ranges from the famous Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer to dreamy beaches, to its ever-expanding slums, or ‘favelas’. An arty snap of this diverse landscape adds a beautiful cosmopolitan touch to your walls.
Evoke Brazil’s sunkissed atmosphere with touches of bright yellow. Pieces of furniture painted in canary yellow, matched with art prints in this sunny colour look great combined with other tropical shades like dark jungle greens. They also add a brilliant zingy accent to an otherwise neutral interior. Pair with touches of gold and brass for instant Brazilian warmth.
Believed to be a means of promoting the arts and of unifying the community, street art was legalised in the capital city Brasília in 2009, making it the ultimate playground for urban artists. Channel the city’s urban cool with colourful street art prints, like these ones by contemporary artist Sunil Pawar. For more street style inspiration check out this curated collection of urban prints.
In the mid-twentieth century, abstraction took Brazil by storm. Brazilian abstract art took on a unique form, with Rio locals like Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica moving away from earlier modernism’s strict planning and geometry and towards a more fluid and tactile aesthetic. Sensual abstract prints in warm colours, like these by Rex Ray, beautifully reflect Brazil’s artistic legacy.