4 tricks to create that wine & jam Carnival interior, without the wine or the jam.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2015 lead up celebrations are in full swing with fetes (Carnival parties) every weekend until Carnival Monday (February 16) and Tuesday (February 17). Even if you're not participating in the scheduled activities you can still have fun in your own space, bring the fun of Carnival to you! 

In keeping with the ‘Carnival spirit’, we’re showing you 4 ways you can spice up your interiors and add that Carnival feel. These accents are fun and fabulous enough to last the whole year through!

1.       Add colour

Interior photo: winxlinux.com  Carnival photo: carnivaltribe.com

Interior photo: winxlinux.com 

Carnival photo: carnivaltribe.com

Carnival is colour, carnival is mas! By 'add colour', we really mean add one or more bold colours  to one area of your designated space to create a wonderful focal point. This could be a colourful piece of art on a bold background, throw pillows or even a brightly coloured piece of furniture.

2.       Add sparkle

Carnival isn’t carnival without glitter and beads. Sparkle can come in the form of reflective materials such as mirror, metals, metallic fabrics and even sequins. Just like some costumes, you don't need crazy bright colours to get that carnival glitz. Below, the Couture Rooms has tastefully done this in soft tones. 

Interior Design by The Couture Rooms Carnival photo: caribbean-sun.com

Interior Design by The Couture Rooms

Carnival photo: caribbean-sun.com

3.       Add feathers 

If you've been to Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, you know that feathers are a must. You don't need to be an artist but you can go as far, or as crazy as you want to on this one. Group some feathers into a vase and display them on your credenza, dining table or even your work-space. Don't be fooled by the image below, brightly coloured feathers work just as nicely!

Interior photo: apartmenttherapy.com, Carnival photo: carnivaltribe.com

Interior photo: apartmenttherapy.com,

Carnival photo: carnivaltribe.com

4.       Add a bold splash of paint 

You don't need to paint all your walls or even an entire wall in your selected bold colour. You can use paint to highlight objects that appear in front of that brightly coloured wall, such as a sculptural vase, lamp or bowl. You can also choose to highlight artwork stored in a bookshelf or family heirlooms in open cabinetry in your kitchen. Like 'playing J'ouvert', go bold, don't fear a little paint (or mud, or oil), enjoy the fun!

Interior Design by Casey Design/Planning Group Inc Jouvert photo (bottom right): Reuters/Jorge Silva (Trinidad and Tobago)

Interior Design by Casey Design/Planning Group Inc

Jouvert photo (bottom right): Reuters/Jorge Silva (Trinidad and Tobago)

These simple additions aren't overwhelming and can add just the right amount of playfulness you need to infuse the spirit of Carnival into your home or...office.