Three Far Flung Locations to Inspire Fantastic Interior Design
Are you moving into a new place and want to make your mark on it? Or maybe your existing home needs an overhaul?
Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with new ideas that really resonate with your taste, and even trickier to choose one. But often, the inspiration we’re looking for already exists, in the culture and styles of different countries.
Here are three locations that each have their own particular, distinctive, interior design features, and how to achieve them in your own home.
Known as ‘shoji’ in Japanese, sliding doors were traditionally made of translucent paper that would take advantage of the natural light and create a sense of flow that doesn’t interrupt the distinctions from room to room.
Use smart storage to make sure that all the bits and pieces are cleared away neatly out of sight, allowing your mind to relax and be free of the internal clutter that can distract you from relaxation.
Bringing nature indoors:
There is plenty of natural wood in Japanese interior design, creating the serenity and peace that so many of us are looking for. Add plants like bamboo and bonsai for a touch of nature, and incorporate expansive views with floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows that create a sense of unity with the great outdoors.
Many Japanese rooms will have very little in the way of furniture, with only matting on the floor, several cushions for seating, and a low table.
Think white, black, and grey with some subtle brighter colours sometimes thrown in.
The Scandinavians love to celebrate the natural beauty of materials, so choose high quality pieces that show off their characteristics.
Like the Japanese, Scandinavians are believers in keeping rooms clear of clutter and not going overboard with accessories and furniture, creating a calming focus on the negative space that’s both liberating and relaxing.
Choose some striking statement pieces to contrast the sparse background style, adding some ‘oomph’ and creating a focal point for the room.
One of the most distinctive shapes in Moroccan design is the curved and tapered keyhole shape that is used throughout buildings, in doorways, alcoves, windows, and much more. You don’t have to completely remodel to include this; create recessed storage by adding a wooden frame in the keyhole shape to the front of a piece, or use masking tape to add it to one wall as a painted feature.
Moroccan design is the confluence of many religions and other styles, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and have a riotous effect that draws the eye in many directions.
Usually based on a neutral background, the palette of Moroccan colours ranges from deep azures and vibrant turquoise through to fiery oranges, yellows, and deep reds.
Rugs, cushions, wall hangings, drapes, throws, and upholstery should all scream comfort, luxury and decadence.
Tiled areas featuring bold colour and geometric design are common in Moroccan interior design, and fairly easy to find in retailers. Get creative about where to tile, and make it a feature of the room.
Now that you’ve got some food for thought, why not go online and check out visual representations of these different, but equally fantastic, interior design styles, to see which one suits you and your home?