5 Unique Interior Design Styles From Around The World
Modern interior design is a mesh of styles, taking influence from just about any culture you can imagine.
Homes across the country are filled with varying types of furniture, colours and ornaments. Many are inspired by Scandinavian design, overwhelmingly influenced by the country’s leading home store, IKEA. Or with the nation’s passion for travel, ornamental pieces are often found which are taken from other cultures and represent a happy memory.
With that in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the interior design styles which are prominent around the world. The following cultures have their own distinct styles, and I’m certain that you’ll spot elements of each of your neighbours, friends or family’s’ homes, or perhaps even your own!
Learning about the ways that other cultures approach decoration is a great way to get inspiration for your own home if you’re thinking about redecorating.
1 | Japan
Japanese design centres around minimalism. Famous for being a culture with a prominent history of spirituality, Japan is synonymous with concepts of ancient Zen philosophy. Tranquillity is at the heart of how homes are arranged and styled, with stylish houseplants, minimal furniture such as lowered tables and the famous sliding, white-paper-covered shoji screens, which are common room separators.
2 | India
In contrast, almost four thousand miles west of Japan, is the vibrancy of India style.
Thinking of Indian interiors conjures images of the shapes found on the turrets of the Taj Mahal, a warm blend of vibrant colours and the unique patterns such as Paisley come to mind. Colours such as deep red, bold purple and mustard yellow are very much found within the “warm” spectrum of the colour wheel and when combined with intricate patterns of rugs and other furnishings, it creates a welcoming space.
3 | France
Hop on a plane and travel 4,500 miles further West, and you’ll arrive in a nation which is well known for its sense of style. The home of perhaps the most popular fashion event of the year, Paris Fashion week, Frances style is routed in elegance. Muted colour palettes like soft green, blush pin and light blues are essential, whilst being accented with gold to reinforce the glamour of Frances past!
2 | Kenya
In the African country of Kenya, interiors often centre on welcoming colours such as yellow and orange. Animal prints are an essential part of what defines Kenyan interiors, wooden tribal masks as ornaments are used to infuse the nation’s indigenous culture and emphasise the spirit of the African continent.
1 | Sweden (Scandinavia)
Perhaps Scandinavia’s biggest global export is their focus on clean, functional and beautiful interior design. Spearheaded by the incredible commercial success of IKEA, with stores in China, Japan, Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia and Isreal, it’s difficult to avoid the overwhelming influence of Scandinavian interior design on the world. With an ethos which lays in providing beautiful design to those who may not have been able to afford it in the past, it’s a stylish and at times minimalist style of design.
The five styles mentioned above are simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the various design styles which you can draw upon when considering redecorating or remodelling your home. Whether you’re inspired by the minimalism of Japan, or the vibrancy of India, there are many ways that you can incorporate these into your own home!
Have you been inspired by any cultures when decorating? Let us know in the comments.