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Frustrated by dreams of summer travel? Try recreating that sun-soaked Mediterranean look at home instead. The Balearic island of Ibiza provides the design inspiration for Harlequin’s new Mirador collection. Anointed as a bohemian hippy hangout in the sixties and long known as a destination for summer clubbing, the White Isle has in fact attracted a melting-pot of visitors for millennia, resulting in a complex and layered cultural history that’s just as enticing as its natural beauty. Ibizan style is all about whitewashed fincas, rustic finishes and multicultural eclecticism.

Harlequin’s head of design Claire Greenfield drew on this beguiling past, introducing Spanish and African influences alongside bold botanical motifs for the collection of wallpapers and fabrics, which feature chevrons, animal prints and palm trees in both bright colours and rustic neutrals. “Mirador is all about introducing a sophisticated, laid-back destination style into the home,” she says. “Think elements from achingly cool Ibizan interiors, buzzing social spaces and the far-reaching horizon that wraps around this island paradise.”

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