A fresh take on interior design is changing the face of Caribbean property across the region.
The following is an excerpt
of an article on Interior Design in the Caribbean from The Caribbean Property Investor Magazine
, featuring designers from across the region who have worked in Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua and London:
throughout the islands of the Caribbean is evolving. The dark colonial style is
giving way to a lighter, more contemporary feel.
the majority of interior designers have been trained in the USA and the UK bringing
together an eclectic mix of styles. The
combination of the islands beauty, its rich culture and the number of business
people from abroad and professional Jamaicans who have decided to stay and make
Jamaica their home has changed the face of interior design from a rustic Caribbean
and Spanish style to a sleeker cool contemporary look” says British interior
designer Cleon Roberts, who works on the island.
|Interior Design by Cleon Roberts, Jamaica|
away from the heavier, darker colonial style, today’s Caribbean designers seek
to maximize the use of natural light and materials: “The Romanesque style using
columns and lion sculptures, small windows, masses of dark wood and heavy
drapes is diminishing. People are opening up their homes, building roof gardens
and terraces, and using natural and recycled materials,” Cleon adds.
|Interior Design by Archers Hall, Barbados|
Archer, Interior Designer and Director at Archers Hall, Barbados,
agrees: “We also see a preference for design that leans towards a modern
influence yet still maintains the tropical ease and way of life. People have
steered away from the typical ‘plantation’ feel of monkeys and pineapples.”
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