Embracing neon prints in Bali.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to escape the splendour of Birmingham and venture off to Bali for four weeks. The purpose being to rejuvenate, refocus and of course sit on a beach and tan! Amongst all the different activities I had planned, I did manage to snoop around the bustling markets of Ubud. They are not too different from those found in Goa, Morocco or even London, with shoppers and shopkeepers alike crowding around trying to barter for the best price.
Then time felt like it stopped for a second, as I was transported to a world of NEON. Bags, purses, and home accessories in striking colours – suitable for the climate in Bali. I personally have always been a fan of neon colours, but this was the first time I had seen patterns so unique & pretty- that it made me reconsider the entire design of my current interior at home. Bold move… I know.
This has made me consider inspiration triggers even more, travelling is a great way to explore what you love- you’re stress-free and able to make creative decisions much easier. So why don’t we design our spaces to reflect how we felt on holiday or at a point in time?
I have added to my scheme a lion painting I brought from a cheery beach seller and a gold Buddha-head I haggled to the death in Ubud Art Market. Granted, what you find on holiday may not always work in a current scheme when you get back home- I mean how many of us really appreciate the shells we collect on the beach when we return to our everyday routines…. or is that just me? But why don’t we build our schemes with holiday in mind. If you’re going on holiday soon and need inspiration for your space- why don’t you wait and see what you discover while you’re abroad…and then build your scheme from a starting point like I did.
Some of the places I would recommend in Bali for Interior shopping
Kody & Ko: Based in Seminyak, this funky shop is far from average. Full of brightly coloured accessories, screaming neons and unique treasures. If you have ever dreamt of a red, pop art style unicorn head to add a focal point to your space… perhaps this is the shop for you!
Ubud Art Market: Based in Ubud, this is a typical market where you can pick up great deals on everything from “novelty” bottle openers to canvas art whilst enjoying the culture of Bali. The prices aren’t set here unlike the shops on Monkey Forest Rd, and this market also featured in the Julia Roberts film “Eat Pray Love”. Having spent time in the country, and explored most the main areas- Ubud was by far my favourite place. Full of Balinese authenticity whilst still being modern and tourist friendly.
Feather & Find: Based in Seminyak, I haven’t actually been here but I have come across their fun collection of homewares are accessories online and I am gutted I didn’t know about their brand sooner. Again, full of neons and pom-poms which in my opinion are set at more western prices vs local but with online delivery, it is cheaper than a plane ticket!