Whether you are looking to design a home that reflects your ethnicity or have an appreciation of faraway destinations you’ll love this Islamic-inspired dining room. Something as simple as accent lighting infuses a space with an exotic vibe. Faux curtain panels lend interest to a windowless wall, while a group of Moroccon lanterns forms an exotic silhouette. The large pattern of floor tiles plays a visual trick, giving the sense of a bigger space.
Go native with earthy-coloured reds and ethnic-style prints. Explore and indulge in the strong and colourful heritage of the Navajo look. With its bold graphic form and vibrant hues, this wildly exotic trend takes its inspiration from the humid climate and strong aesthetic of indigenous American style. Why not bring out your inner dark side and introduce touches of wood and leather?
Egyptian influences pour into interiors with sweeps of sparkling blue, glimmers of gold and furniture worthy of worship. With luxe textiles, olive tree stumps and lashings of foliage, this living room embodies all things exotic. Low-slung seating drawn up in a circle creates an oasis of calm. The undulating rug motifs echo the shifting Sahara.
The melting pot of styles encountered by traders on the Silk Route in north Africa and Asia created an exotic look that adds a distinctive feel to interiors. This modern bedroom scheme accentuates the raw, earthy textures, ikats and primitive strokes of north Africa. Mix and match patterns in a range of scales for maximum impact.
Channel the Mediterranean look with bold colours and oversized ikat pattern. Here, a compact patio space has been updated with ikat fabric in hues of blue and purple. You can re-create the look by layering up plenty of cushions in an array of striking patterns. A mix of large and smaller-scale cushions here add a touch of Eastern romance. A collection of fresh foliage, such as palms and ferns are a great way to add yet more contrasting colour to your patio area.
Practical as well as stylish, a splashback is an integral part of the kitchen that keeps your design looking its best. Hand-painted tiles, gleaming copper cookware and modern lighting lend decorative balance to the authentically designed cooking area. These hand-decorated, glazed terracotta tiles are easy and inexpensive to install for an instant Mediterranean-inspired makeover. With a huge array of designs and colours available, they can be used in both wet and hot areas.
If large-scale motifs are not your thing, fear not. You can still incorporate the exotic trend with small hits of pattern and texture without overwhelming the scheme. This sophisticated living room is decorated with pale blue walls, carved wood panels and wool fabrics in lighter weights that are more suited to the warmer months. Carved white side tables pick up on the detailing in the panels, while an eclectic selection of patterned fabrics add well placed hits of red and pink. Dip-dyed white and sea blue curtains complete the look.
Scarlet walls and an opulent Japanese-style silk panel add a touch of feminine glamour to this contemporary and elegant bedroom scheme. White furniture really stands out against the red walls, while smooth lines and delicate fabrics represent the simplicity and gracefulness of the Japanese aesthetic.
Don’t just choose one tile design – enjoy a vibrant mish mash with gloriously eclectic patchwork tiles. Use small ceramic tiles to make a feature wall and complete the look with a stone vessel basin and pretty dishes and containers for soaps and lotions. It’s suitable for decorating pretty much any room you like too, including the kitchen and patio.
As nature bursts back into life, now is the perfect time to give your home a refresh. This spring, the key trends are all about breaking with convention and creating your own personal statement. We’ve completely fallen for all things tribal and ethnic, from weaving to basketry, as well as softly geometric furnishings, to create a truly ethnic scheme. The most popular colours this season are a mix of terracotta and deep chocolate shades.