When choosing a theme or design for a room in your home many people are not sure where to look for inspiration. However, there are styles synonymous with certain places in the world that can transform a room. Whether you are a fan of traditional or contemporary styles, minimalist or more eclectic there is a home fashion from somewhere in the world to suit you. OROGOLD brings you this guide to home fashions from around the world to help you choose the right one for you.
A style that can look super sleek and stylish and particularly suitable for minimalists is Oriental as it revolves around clean lines and simplicity. Walls kept in soft neutral whites and creams along with black furniture and bold accents of red (perhaps in the soft furnishings) can look really effective. Simple roller blinds tie in well with the overall look. If you aren’t a fan of minimalism you can still try Oriental. How about wallpaper with either Japanese inspired geometric patterns or the blue and white pattern of traditional Chinese porcelain? There are also some beautifully patterned Oriental rugs available. Finishing touches can include fabric wall hangings, blue and white ceramics or even a carved wooden screen. You really can make this style fit any taste.
The French provincial style can offer a rustic charm to any room without any loss of practicality. Walls are usually left plain, sometimes with exposed brickwork but if you do want to sue wallpaper neutral floral motifs or pale stripes are well within keeping of the look. Rush-seated chairs are common but there is also a trend in France for covering your sofas and armchairs in plain loose covers of either linen or cotton. This crisp, white linen look transfers into the bedroom as plain white sheets teamed with large, square pillows make the bed the main focus of the room; a look seen in many French provincial bedrooms. Anyone wanting a bit of pattern and colour cannot go wrong with paisley as this has been a motif used on Provencal cottons since the 18th century.
Colonial settlers in Africa managed to create a style that was a mix of their traditional English tastes blended with elements brought in from their new surroundings and lifestyle and the Colonial style is still popular to this day. Due to the African heat rooms were painted in cool whites and creams to allow a light, airy feeling. Alternatively, earthy terracotta colours can bring the feel of the baked African landscape inside. Colonial rooms should always have natural wooden floors as historically these would have been easier to sweep but you can always add rugs; especially ones made from sisal or jute for a more authentic feel. You should avoid curtains as they just do not fit with the style but blinds and shutters always look good.
The most important thing is to go with a style that fits with the room so always take into account the space and light you have to work with. After that, let yourself be inspired by some of the beautiful home fashions from around the world.