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3 Interior Design Themes That Will Blow Your Mind

3 Interior Design Themes That Will Blow Your Mind

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It seems like there has been a time and a place for practically every interior design theme imaginable. But what’s so interesting is how many styles have enduring appeal.

I think that great interior design themes come down to the very definition of great art. Styles and themes endure because their beauty is independent of the culture from which they emerged. And this is what defines truly great art. It is art that has the capacity to span the generations and still remain something that remains beautiful today.

It is in this spirit that I write this article. Here are some of the great interior design themes that will blow your mind. Yes, many of them are now merely stylised ideations of the original concept. But that’s human creativity. It adds, not detracts, from the drama.

American Colonial

Reliving the American colonial era through interior design is a brave choice. But nonetheless, the style can be stunning. The theme usually consists of a lot of interior woodwork. That’s because wood was the primary material available in the eighteenth century when the style was first emerging.

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Wood should be used throughout the house and in the antique style of the colonial era. The house should have wood mantels and surrounds, a wooden dining table with chairs, and wooden cabinets. The trim should be predominantly wainscot and crown moulding with case trim around the doors.

Furniture should be constructed from the relevant hardwoods, including walnut, cherry and mahogany. The joinery techniques should be relevant to the time. So look out for furniture that employs old fashioned mortise and tenon joints.

The fabrics that they used were linen, wool and cotton. And fixtures and fitting were either brass or iron. You might still want a light switch which obviously wouldn’t have been a part of eighteenth-century life. But brass fixtures for these can easily be sourced.

The overall impression is one that is both formal and unique to a very special time in American history.

Moroccan

Moroccan interiors try to incorporate all the colours of North Africa. There are the rich reds and oranges, evocative of the heat of the day, and the dying African sun in the evening. And they pair beautifully with the sea greens and blues that reflect some of the brilliance of the Mediterranean. Then there are the golds and the rich yellows that evoke the heat of the Sahara into the.

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But to keep the actual heat of the Sahara out of the house, many traditional Moroccan homes used tiles. These were a sort of primitive air conditioning that kept the inside of the house cool in the baking desert sun. Site likes TileMarkets.com have a range of tiles that would be appropriate for any Moroccan theme. Ideally, tiles would traverse the entire house, and be warm and rich in colour. Copper and gold tones should predominate.

A Moroccan theme should also make use of mosaics on the furnishings and fittings. Things like mosaic-bordered mirrors and mosaic-topped coffee tables. There can give the room a genuine Moroccan feel.

Lastly, Moroccan-inspired rooms are filled with eclectic furniture. It may be composed of leather, glass, silk and metal. Equally, things like curtains are seen as a decorative opportunity, with rich patterns and vibrant colours. Wool rugs are a particularly important part of adding a Moroccan feel to a home.

Zen

In Japanese, the term Zen refers to meditation. Hence, this style is for people whose their home as a place to relax their mind. Zen designs try to achieve a sense of harmony and balance in the home. And usually, the design of a Zen interior has to follow strict rules.

Often the Zen style is associated with minimalism because the interior often shirks colour contrast. And like minimalism, it rejects anything that might be excessive. But they really emerge from two very different philosophies. Zen is about creating a space in which the mind can flourish, whereas minimalism is about rejecting materialism.

The subtle differences between the two do begin to emerge when you start filling the house with furniture. The furniture should have a distinctly Japanese character. Low tables are one example, but you can find more examples at furniture-at-home.co.uk.

Fabrics in a zen home should be natural, light and comfortable. Fabrics like wool are an excellent option. Firstly, they soften the room, which can risk appearing stark. But they also blend into the background seamlessly.

And finally, don’t forget that zen homes are filled with oriental plants. So get planting!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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