1. Home
  2. Blog
  3. How to Decorate
  4. Everyday Inspo: How to Create a Modern Tribal Design Scheme for Less
Aged Leather Sofa with Green Cushions on TLC Interiors

Everyday Inspo: How to Create a Modern Tribal Design Scheme for Less

I’m a firm believer in being inspired by the everyday. I think if you look hard enough, you can pretty much use anything in your everyday life (even the seemingly mundane) to inspire an interior design scheme. These moments are what I call Everday Inspo – and you should use them to inspire room designs in your home!

Sometimes you have to train your eye to see the design potential in a random moment, which is why I’m running this new segment on the blog called Everyday Inspo. Each week I’ll take an image and show you how to can use it to inspire and interior design moodboard.


I snapped this shot of the dining room at The Rose of Australia not long before I left Sydney.

I photographed it because it features in my upcoming book, and I’ve been smitten with the decor in this pub since I first discovered it a few years back. If you’re in or near Erskineville, you should definitely check it out.

I love the leather teamed with the dark drown tones in the tables. The pop of deep green in the dining chairs is such a welcome colour too, because so many places use pops of yellow or red or blue in a scheme like this.

The Rose Australia in Erskineville Sydney


I found the shot below when perusing the H&M website. Sorry H&M, I keep using your snaps in my Everyday Inspo posts, but they are so damn good that I can’t resist.

I love how the room below is a little moody, a little man cave, slightly industrial and then a tad modern tribal. I always find that the best rooms are a bit of everything and this space is just that.

Of course, I like to buy my homewares for a space from a variety of stores, so further below I’ll show you how to recreate this modern tribal look for less by bagging bargains from different brands.

Aged Leather Sofa with Green Cushions on TLC Interiors


Below I’ve included all the links to the products I’ve used to create this Modern Tribal mood board. Essentially, this look uses a base of black and brown and adorns it with white, greys and the occasional pop of green.

If you wanted to turn down the tribal vibe, look for cushions that are more geometric or floral and ditch the wicker baskets. And if you’re keen to take it in a more tribal direction, all you need to do is bring in some brass, a few aged accessories and couple of animal ornaments (a hippo or giraffe would look right at home).

Modern Man Cave with Tribal Influences on TLC Interiors

1 – Serien Throw from Country Road – Click to Shop
2 – Striped Tri Cushion from These Walls – Click to Shop
3 – Boho Summer Cushion from TLC Interiors – Click to Shop
4 – Kimberly Black & White Rug from DTLL – Click to Shop
5 – Industrial Lamp from Typo – Click to Shop
6 – Dekalb Leather Sofa from West Elm – Click to Shop
7 – Kingston Lamp Table from Fantastic Furniture – Click to Shop
8 – Sittning Candlestick from IKEA – Click to Shop
9 – Velvet Cushion Cover from H&M – Click to Shop
10 – Hubba Basket from Olli Ella – Click to Shop

>>> Which is your fave piece from this week’s Interior Inspo post? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below to find out what you’re loving!


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Related Posts​

4 Responses

  1. Lovely post as usual! I don’t know if I’m supposed to ask u this, but I was wondering what you thought of the Beni Ourain rugs for the same black and white look. I love a tribal look and I love Beni Ourain, but did they have their moment a few years back? Or are they timeless classics like stripes? I can’t get over the look, but I sometimes feel it’s so predictable when I see a room with it. I keep worrying if my house will look oh so 2012. I hope u don’t mind me asking ur design brain

    1. Oh Hope, as far as I’m concerned the Beni Ourain will never go out of style. I think it’s a pretty timeless design and can work across a number of interior themes and styles, so rock it with pride I say! And please don’t ever shy away from asking design advice – that’s what I’m here for 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

Latest Articles