Ethnic, c'est chique. But how do you create an ethnic interior?
Whether it’s Aztec prints, long skirts, colourful rugs or vintage inspired pouffes, designers from both the fashion industry and the design and interior world are currently focusing on exotic destinations, different cultures, and natural materials and patterns. There’s no doubt about it: ethnic is in. Are you ready to introduce this colourful and dynamic style into your home? Dust off those unique souvenirs, unusual finds and beautiful heirlooms and get to work with the following helpful tips!
The ethnic trend is an extremely colourful and dynamic style in which original (heirloom) pieces such as a Chinese vase or a cupboard with an exotic twist are combined with natural materials such as rattan, wood, leather or bamboo. The idea is to create a warm atmosphere that is reminiscent of a dreamy, bygone era, so you should leave out any unnecessary gloss and glitter.
Tip! Why not work with several different cultures, and combine a variety of influences to create your own cosmopolitan interior? Provided you don’t overdo it, it’s no problem at all to combine influences from Morocco, Thailand and Bolivia, for example. Moreover, an ethnic interior demands elements that are unique to your home. Playfully introduce this trend into your home by giving starring roles to unusual finds, souvenirs and exotic decoration.
Bring wood from around the world into your home
Natural materials are the key to the ethnic trend. For example, a knitted pouffe or leather beanbag make a fun addition to your living room or reading corner. Pieces fashioned from cork and rattan are also very much back in fashion. But there’s no doubt as to which material takes centre stage: wood. Add a natural touch to your ethnic interior not only by putting in a beautiful wooden floor, but also by incorporating decorative and other interior elements that have the look and feel of untreated wood. Burned Wood, inspired by the traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method, is a black laminate floor from Quick-Step and would be the perfect complement to this kind of interior. The ‘burned’ planks have the unique, realistic structure of wood that has literally gone through the fire, resulting in an authentic floor with a unique, ethnic touch.
Tip! Introducing striking details into your interior will serve to better emphasise the black. The combination of too many dark colours creates a sombre effect. By allowing eye-catchers and colourful accessories to play a prominent role in your interior, you can create an ethniclook.
Use colour to conjure up other cultures
The colour of the wood is another aspect to consider. Warm shades add a touch of exoticism, whilst solid wood colours create an immediate link to the earth and the natural world. These radiate comfort, earthiness and safety, and act as a perfect base for rustic furniture. Add intense, rich colours as a finishing touch.The key word in any ethnic interior is balance. This also applies to your choice of colours. In general, the colour palette for an ethnic interior will be made up of intense, dark colours; but bright, lively shades also have their place. In order to achieve a balanced effect, opt for warm earthy shades and lively, cosmopolitan colours. For example, take a floor in a brown or black shade as your base, and combine it with warm red, dark sea blue or ochre yellow. These combinations create an authentic effect and immediately bring a sense of warmth into your home.
Tip! Are you looking for that extra spot of luxury within the ethnic trend? Upholstery or wall coverings in fabrics like silk and velvet, or brass and bronze accessories
create an opulent mood in any interior!