Ethnic-inspired décor ideas

If you’re thinking of redecorating or having a complete overhaul of your décor themes then you might be considering an ethnic vibe. This can be achieved with the clever use of antique or vintage furniture and by choosing the right mix of colours. Depending on the culture you want to emphasise, you can tailor your furniture, upholstery and accessories to reflect that ethnic style. Here are some helpful ideas:

Indian – The use of warm colours is essential for creating an Indian themed décor. Think about different hues of oranges, reds and yellows. Traditional wooden furniture and detailed designs on upholstery are further key features. Indian designed rugs and carpets work well in rooms with a neutral or earthy colour on the walls and the use of throws and cushions with colourful, intricate embroidery is definitely part of an Indian ethnic theme. Introduce some glittery gold, silk curtains, venetian blinds and some luxurious red cushions for the bedroom. Other décor items you might want to incorporate include pendant lights, floor lamps and vases.

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African – Exotic, exciting and an explosion of colour sums up an African-inspired décor choice. You’ll want to stick with light walls but add in warm colours. Think about plastering or wallpapering walls with textured wallpaper to reflect the clay walls of traditional African huts. Colour-wise – think ochre, yellow, orange, deep red and browns. Dark wood furniture and accessories such as ethical faux animal skins, wooden face masks and ethnic wall prints will all add to the African tribal vibe. Zebra prints, woven rugs and wooden statuettes are further African-themed objects you could incorporate. So too are Bolga Baskets, beautifully woven traditional baskets in various sizes and bright colours. For more information, visit

Asian – If you wish to introduce some Zen and serenity into your home then an Asian inspired theme might be where it’s at. Floor cushions around a low table are one of the most obvious signs of Japanese culture and the mixture of dark wood furniture against creamy backgrounds. You don’t have to abandon chairs though but instead opt for slightly elevated but low seating. An Asian inspired décor will be of a minimalist design which can help to make an interior look modern and contemporary. Simplicity and a reduction in clutter is the ultimate goal with zen interior design. Soft rugs, lots of natural light and paper panelled doors are also indicative of both Chinese and Japanese influences.

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Moroccan – Go crazy with colour, texture and scents when you recreate a bustling Moroccan market within your own home. Create mystical and mysterious vibes with bright colours, geometric patterns, lantern lighting and ottomans. Luxurious, detailed rugs work well on a cream and gold backdrop with greens, reds and oranges being incorporated through the use of scatter cushions, floor pillows and deep red throws. Large mirrors and sparkling mirrored surfaces will echo the flair of Moroccan style whilst providing a bit of glamour and bling to your living space. Consider velvet drapes, introducing arches somehow and any accessories with natural Middle Eastern flair.