A Bali inspired style has to incorporate elements of serenity, calm and simplicity. Its culture is a mix of ethnicities and is defined by an interesting blend of elements, fabrics, craft and textures. The use of rattan and wood carved furniture helps but as we have to work with what we have, we can incorporate different textiles. The use of patterned textiles for cushions against natural colored sofas will give a light and organic look. These patterns could be more tribal and handicraft in nature. Welcoming the outdoors is critical in recreating the Balinese style. Adding a few palm plants and large leaf potted plants will bring that tropical feel indoors. If you already have natural colored ceramics, bamboo and wood carved pieces, these will enhance the look. Framed mirrors, patterned cushion covers, rugs can be used to bring in color while bamboo artifacts with brass can bring in the solids and shiny elements. In the bedroom, adding a canopy with sheer white fabrics and tropical plants will change the look of your room and convert into a Bali haven. If you already have teak or dark mahogany furniture, this will also build up to the look. A Bali inspired home will be a mix of tropicals, whites, deep wood coloring, rattan, bamboo and a touch of handicraft like batik and tie dye.
When one thinks of Greece, one can picture Santorini, Mykonos and course the azure coastline. Bringing this into your home can definitely lift the blues. One of the quickest ways is to maintain a white, blue and sea green palette. Covering your cushions with a range of blues, sea-greens and stripes will be your starting point in your living room. If you are more adventurous, paint your ceiling or highlight a window in a beautiful fresh blue to match the Mediterranean Sea. Keeping your surfaces uncluttered will also make the room visually airy. In your bedroom, change your sheets to printed ones with blue tones. Those who have exposed walls can paint them white and couple it with white curtains to infuse an open island feel. Go ahead and add an accent of sea-green through a lamp or frame to break up the blues and whites. As blue and white are definitely Greek colors, these can be done in small ways like plates, bowls, throws and rugs too. Today, many of us have access to Greek patterns and these can be used. How one positions patterns against whites and blues for a Grecian feel is important. Do keep in mind that the look has to be airy, island and also simple. The elegance will come through if these looks are maintained in the correct balance.
A vibrant Mexican flair
Always wanted to visit sunny Mexico? Well, bring home those ‘casa’ feels instead! Mexican flair is all about combining rich tones of both warm and cold colors, so start by adding these…