INTERIOR STYLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW TO GET THE LOOK

INTERIOR STYLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW TO GET THE LOOK

Travel is so much more than experiencing different cultures, tastes and sounds. It has the ability to influence the way we live which can have an impact on our homes and the way we decorate them.

Having just returned from a trip to different parts of Europe, including Turkey I noticed that exotic interior trends have become increasingly popular in the home.

Their colour, pattern and distinct character have the ability to transform a simple space and transport you to a different time and place.

From Morocco to Asia, here are some exotic interior styles that will add personality to any room and ways you can feature them in your home.


Moroccan Style

Moroccan style is heavily influenced by its varied landscape. From soft deserts to rugged mountains, lush greenery to blue coastline the countries surroundings are eclectic and diverse which translates to its interior style.

Layered textures and exciting patterns are key to creating this signature style. Earthy tones and soft colours, abstract and geometric patterns and mixed textures bring a free spirited and relaxed essence to a space.

moroccan interior style

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How to introduce the style to your home

Although the style can be used all throughout the home, a stripped back version can work well in communal areas such as a living space.

A patterned Moroccan rug paired with textured floor cushions and leather pouffes can be used to create a warm and inviting space. For added ambiance, consider using metal lanterns or traditional tea lights for added rustic charm.

moroccan interior style -  candles and Moroccan lanterns

 Image by azulberebershop.com via Pinterest


Turkish Style

Although similar in some ways to the bohemian nature of the Moroccan style , Turkish interior design draws its influence from the middle east with its design and architecture heavily influenced by the Ottoman and Byzantine eras of ancient history.

Distinct floral Iznik patterns, bright colours, metallic accessories and lights and of course handmade Turkish rugs and textiles are synonymous when you think of Turkey.

Whilst Moroccan style has a more earthy relaxed feel because of the types of materials used, Turkish décor provides a feeling of elegance and sophistication.

turkish interior style

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How to introduce the style to your home

Copper has long been on trend and nowhere does it better than Turkey. To add an instant touch of exotic glam to a space, consider using metallic pendant lights in an entry way or dining space above a table.

Decorative platters and/or trays in brass, copper, silver or gold are beautiful décor pieces that add instant elegance to a room.

Colourful patterned Turkish tiles can be used as an interesting feature to a bathroom or kitchen splash back.

And for instant comfort and lushness you can’t go past a traditional Turkish towel (or Pestemal as they’re also known), for added luxury to a bathroom space.

Turkish Interior Style - turkish towels in a bathroom

Image by @thetileshop via Pinterest


Oriental Style

This interior style showcases various Eastern cultures with Chinese and Japanese being the most popular.

Chinese inspired interiors feature bold colours, glossy lacquered surfaces and carved wooden designs. Whereas Japanese interiors embrace a more subdued style through the use of natural materials, neutral colour palettes and minimalism.

Although different, a key element to both styles is the principal of Feng Shui  – the flow of energy in a space which is impacted by the spatial orientation of a room and the arrangement of items.

Chinese Interior style -  table with bonsai plant

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How to introduce the style to your home

For the ultimate Chinese inspired room consider using bright colours such as red as a main colour and blue and white as accent colours.

Pair this with items such as dark wooden side tables, decorative vases featuring a pattern or animal design and wallpaper with a floral motif to add some oriental flair.

To embrace the Japanese style in your home consider using materials such as bamboo, stone and natural materials in muted colours to create a soothing feel.

Simplicity and Zen are key to Japanese style so incorporate uncomplicated furniture that has clean lines and reduce clutter.

To add to the relaxing feel consider introducing a traditional Japanese plant such as a Bonsai and rice paper lamps as a soothing diffused light source.

Japanese interior style - dining table and floor cushions

Image via Pinterest 


Image and brand credits – @reserve_home, azulberebershop.com, handmadeoldcarpets.com, @thetileshop, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to know how you can achieve your favourite interior style, book in for a FREE 30 minute consultation and let’s work together to create your dream home.

 

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