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Ethnic Style Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Updated on September 24, 2017
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Practicing as a professional interior designer for 30+ years, I do design & build projects & offer tips on how to do simple design tasks.

Bedroom Design Idea
Bedroom Design Idea

An ethnic bedroom interior design offers a good number of potentials when it comes to everything from furniture and furnishings choice, to lighting and colour schemes.

If you love vivacious colours and have a penchant for the exotic, you’ll find an ethnic-style bedroom quite interesting.

What is an Ethnic Design Concept?

To begin with, the expression “ethnic design” is generally used to describe interior design ideas usually associated with furniture and furnishings from Africa, Asia, Native America, etc…, including cultural Hispanic societies.

Using the word "ethnic" may appear unpleasant to some who don’t know the artistic interest it holds for many designers, decorators, and homeowners, but being “ethnically” inclined means having an interest in different genres of worldwide inspired interior design ideas.

Ethnic Bedroom Design Idea

To achieve a bedroom design that depicts an ethnic style is easy to achieve and fun to put together.

The trick is to ensure you stick to only one, or a maximum of two different styles.

Further Reading:

There is something about a bachelor’s bedroom that’s quite appealing – its practicality and of course its masculinity.....

A man likes his space orderly, with a semblance of aesthetic simplicity, and surrounded with all his favourite things.

For instance, if you decide on a Moroccan theme bedroom design idea, don’t mix it with other styles such as Asian or Hispanic.

It’s best to keep it African, in other words, Moroccan theme with a dash of Safari East Africa.

And if you desire an ethnic Chinese décor using umbrella art-inspired ornaments and Chinese screens, don’t try to blend that idea with Native American bedroom furniture.

Putting together too many styles in your bedroom space can create an untidy look and an overwhelming feel of clutter.

However, some ethnic styles from different regions can work well together in a bedroom if pieces and furnishings from each region are chosen carefully with good thought given to scale and shapes.

Blending American prairie style bedroom furniture with some Latin American influence gives a surprisingly stylish look.

You can also combine Native American with Prairie bedroom décor or with understated tropical themes.

Mixing Modern with Ethnic

If you're not one for the total ethnic look, you can mix ethnic styles with modern bedroom pieces.

A good way to create this effectively is to use beds, headboards, and/or chests with clean classic lines and then incorporate ethnic furnishings.

For example, the bedroom interior design may feature a modern bed set, dresser, bedside cabinets and a couple of chairs with clean sleek lines.

To infuse your modern collection with an ethnic signature, you can use bright African print cushions, a faux rug with zebra, leopard, or tiger print, and a bedspread with bright colours and bold elaborate patterns.

Other soft furnishings such as throw pillows and wall art should replicate the chosen ethnic theme to get a stylish and unified look.

Ethnic Style Bedroom
Ethnic Style Bedroom

Decorating Idea Using Simple Ethnic Features

You can create your own ethnic inspired bedroom design.

  • Place an ethnic fretwork divider behind your bed to create a beautiful headboard. You can also use it to screen off a closet or clothes rail.
  • Use a “burst of vibrant colours” to surround your white or black bedroom furniture
  • Use animal-inspired décor, ornaments and/or artwork.
  • You may like hand-woven tables or bedside cabinets and native style rugs.
  • Have a mix of muted textured braid cushions and bold print cushions nicely arranged on the bed.
  • Install colourful Moroccan pendants or fretwork lamps to illuminate your room with lovely patterns.
  • Use bamboo table, wall or floor lamps to add a sense of mystery to your bedroom space.

Do you like ethnic theme interiors?

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You can use little details to create a scheme that works well together and compliment your ethnic bedroom design with accessories like:

  • Pottery
  • Carvings
  • Elephant-inspired ornaments
  • Umbrella art
  • Sconces
  • Traditional incense holders
  • Tribal water décor features
  • Painted wall fans
  • Classic paper lamps
  • Hammered metal light holders
  • Scented candles.

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      viryabo 2 years ago

      That sounds like an interesting concept you've ended up with Suzanne Day. Sometimes putting things together over a period of time does bring up some of the best concepts . . . a personal, warm, and unique style.

      Thanks for your comments and vote.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      An interesting concept! I was often guilty of mismatching decor because I kept getting excited about different styles but couldn't afford to remake the room in one sitting. Thankfully, I have now found my signature style which blends light and silvery interesting textures in furs, with the colourful ornaments and things around the room (sort of a Swedish/prarie mix). Voted interesting!

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      viryabo 4 years ago

      Hello Denise, its so, so good to see you. I was replying your comment earlier on my phone, but just lost the comments somehow.

      You can if the rooms are separate and don't flow into each other through wide wall openings, so it doesn't appear like a "residential museum" of sorts, ending up looking cluttered.

      I think the ethnic theme should work really nicely in a B&B, so long as it's lightly furnished with unusual ethnic pieces(or items inspired by ethnic), colour scheme of rich earth tones, and a nice airy look. No clutter.

      People love the unusual, the exotic, as long as its different and unique, they are usually sold.

      It can even become a signature theme for a hospitality business.

      Thanks so much for the rating Denise.


      PS - I'm still working on the gypsy theme idea Dolores gave. I really love it too.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I've missed reading your wonderful interior design ideas, Viryabo. I love Dolores's idea about the Gypsy look, also. I'm wondering if it's wise to mix different ethnic groups throughout a house? I understand, not to mix too many in one room, but separate rooms? Actually, that's one way to decorate a B & B if one wanted to. I love the creativity of interior design, but don't have the 'cash' to do much decorating. Maybe when I resettle in Michigan. Rated up/A/I/U and sharing.

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      viryabo 4 years ago

      Now that's a good idea to write about Dolores. Thanks for visiting, and for the great idea you just gave me. :)

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Love the idea of an ethnic bedroom! I think maybe you could mix some ethnic designs to create a Gypsy or Bohemian look!