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Modern Ethnic Bedroom Design
A modern ethnic bedroom design offers a good number of potentials when it comes to everything from furniture and furnishings to lighting and colour schemes.
If you love vivacious colours, bold patterns, elaborate textures, a touch of the 'tribal', and a penchant for the exotic, you’ll find an ethnic-style bedroom infused with modern elements quite interesting.
What is an Ethnic Design Theme?
To begin with, the expression “ethnic design” is generally used to describe design ideas usually associated with furniture and furnishings from Africa, Asia, and Native America, including cultural Hispanic societies.
Using the word 'ethnic or tribal' may sound objectionable to people who don’t appreciate the artistic interest this holds for some designers, decorators, and homeowners, but being ethnically inclined means having an interest in the arts and crafts of ancient times that can be incorporated with modern features.
From African tribal masks and wall hung talking drums, heavily patterned handwoven rugs and rustic folk textiles, to artefacts, stone floors and animal skin, an ethnic/modern mix may contain any of these items (at least three of them) within a modern interior design setting.
Creating a bedroom design that portrays an ethnic theme is easy to achieve and fun to put together in a contemporary bedroom setup, but the trick is to ensure you complement your modern setting with just one (or a maximum of two) different local designs.
For instance, if you want a Moroccan theme introduced into your bedroom design, don’t mix this with other styles like Asian or Hispanic. Moroccan is African so it's best to keep it African - a Moroccan theme with a dash of Safari East Africa.
Or if you are more oriental inclined, adding ethnic Chinese or Japanese décor like umbrella art-inspired ornaments, oriental hanging lanterns, and Chinese folding screens, is great, as long as you don’t try to blend them with Native American furniture.
Putting together too many styles in your bedroom space will create an unsightly clutter.
In some cases, ethnic styles from different regions can work well together in a bedroom but the furnishings must be chosen carefully with more than a passing thought given to scale and shapes.
An example of this is - blending American prairie style bedroom furniture with some Latin American influence will give a surprisingly stylish look and you can also combine Native American with Prairie furniture décor and some understated tropical themes.
Modern and Ethnic Mix
If you're not one for the total ethnic look, you can mix ethnic furnishings with modern bedroom furniture. Alternatively, you can have ethnic furniture enhanced with modern finishes and decor.
How can you create a pleasing effect?
It's not that hard considering there is no hard and fast rule on this, as long as there is a balance.
Ways to create this balancing effect:
Use beds, headboards, and/or chests with clean classic lines and then incorporate ethnic furnishings like an accent chair or two, with a carved stool or chest and a modern reading lamp.
Spread a plain white modern duvet on the bed and arrange some African print throw pillows at the head of the bed.
An animal print rug - zebra, leopard, or tiger print at the foot of a modern sleek-lined bed and hang metal artwork on the focal wall of the room which is usually at the bedhead.
Place an ethnic fretwork divider to serve as a headboard or as a screen to hide away an open wardrobe or clothes rail. Add Moroccan pendants or fretwork lamps to illuminate the room by casting out patterns on the walls. Let everything else in the bedroom consist of modern furniture.
Remember to add some texture, through the fabrics, window coverings, bed covers, upholstery, wall art, lampshades, or floor finishes.
Use decorations to replicate the modern or ethnic that serves as the main theme for a stylish and unified look. These decorations include vases, candle holders, tabletop ornaments, stone or wood carvings, aromatherapy oil burners, etc... Little details like these will create a theme that works well together.
Some other furnishings to consider include:
- Animal-inspired ornaments
- Umbrella art, painted wall fans, and classic paper lamps
- Traditional incense holders
- Hammered metal sconces
To add some ethnic theme to your modern bedroom setting without spending much money, consider the following design ideas:
- If your bedroom is plain and nondescript, add a burst of vibrant colours and some animal print; ethnic throw pillows on the bed, use native handwoven rugs, and hang tribal wall hangings.
- Add animal-inspired décor in form of colourful ornaments, beaded box containers, woven baskets, and wooden chests.
- Handwoven cane side tables, bedside cabinets, lampshades, and wall art framing.
Ethnic decor colours include all shades of yellow, deep orange, bright red, all shades of brown, terracotta, sand - all warm room colours that'll add comfort and coziness to your modern bedroom design.
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