Arabic decor is a very interesting style, but many people don't know how to obtain an accurate and beautiful one. Read on for a guide on how to have an Arabic decor.
Arabic decor is not for everybody. Even though many people choose to decorate their homes in this style, not many of them understand that this interior design style presupposes quality, beauty and elegance. Without these notions, there can be no proper Arabic decor. Read on for a brief guide on how to have an Arabic decor.
When choosing the colors for an Arabic decor, you should think beforehand what do you want to emphasize in the room. In general, warm colors and neutrals are preferred and these ones make a nice background for stronger colors in furniture or other decorations. Otherwise, if you want to highlight the walls, you can use brighter shades, like Moroccan red or burnt orange. Speaking of walls, texture is always a good idea. If you lack inspiration, you can choose some of the following shades: almond, chocolate brown, crimson, gold, salmon, rust, beige, navy etc.
The Arabic decor furniture consists mainly in low-profile “chairs” and chests. In this culture, chests were used to store different things needed in the room, and food or drinks were brought on copper or brass trays. However, if you want to use wood furniture, you should always consider intricate designs and geometric ones. Traditionally, Arabic decor furniture is very embellished and intricate, with carved designs and patterns. Besides chests, you can also include in your room end tables, boxes and stands, panels, divider screens or carved doors.
When it comes to textiles in Arabic decor, you have to keep in mind one golden rule: as colorful and as diverse as possible! Don’t be afraid to use several layers of textile all over the room. Include there hallway runners, curtains, Persian rugs, floor cushions, pillows and even wall tapestries. There is no need to think about complicated arrangements with textiles, it’s enough if you cover parts of the room or some furniture items with colorful ones for that authentic effect. Still, there are two styles which you can choose: a rustic one and a luxury one. The rustic style consists mainly in textiles made from hand-woven wool that comes from goats, lambs or camels (or other animals if you don’t have access to these types). The luxury style though is based on silk, satin, velvet or cashmere. In what concerns the patterns, you should mix together narrow and wide stripes, Arabic calligraphy, abstract designs, geometrical shapes or zig-zags, there are no strict rules!
As we mentioned earlier, copper or brass trays are typical in an Arabic decor. You can also go for nickel trays or other decorations around, like teapots. More than that, go for Moroccan pottery like vases, pots and urns, tea glasses or Turkish decanters. All these styles, plus the Mediterranean ones, have their origins in Arabic decor, so don’t be afraid to mix elements here and there. Other accessories you can use are mirrors (elegant ones preferably), stools or ottomans. Bring in some exotic lighting with lanterns, lamps or wall sconces and you have a wonderful Arabic decor in your own home!
See also: Blending Two Styles: Modern Arabic Decor