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Bring your favorite country into your home with these design tips

Inspiration for home interiors can come from a lot of places, such as your favorite countries or cities. Here are our tips to help you get the look you are aiming for just right.

Balinese: Get the style

One of Balinese architecture’s philosophies is the harmony and balance between man, nature and the divine. This harmony is demonstrated in Balinese houses with strong foundations, good air circulation, a generous garden or yard, and a high or guarding wall that protects you from both the public and evil spirits.

Miles of beautiful beaches and jungles make Bali a tropical paradise. Be sure to have a lot of greenery. A gorgeous living wall can help you replicate the Bali feel indoors. For both your interior and exterior, try to incorporate bamboo, palms and leafy greens — either actual plants or items with those designs, such as art prints or decorative cushions.

Evoke the wonder of Bali’s ancient temples with some quality wood furnishings such as a daybed, side tables, and intricately carved cabinets or doors with Hindu and Javanese elements.

 

French Countryside or Provençal: Get the style

When talking about the French countryside, Provence — with its soothing lavender fields and sunshine — is usually the first place that comes to mind. Capture Provençal, old-world charm and elegance with painted or whitewashed walls, light floors, and antique light wood furniture.

Homes in Provence are filled with bright sunlight, so make sure that natural light fills your house. The abundance of light results in faded pastel colors, so center your palette around white, beige, blue, lavender, ochre, and yellow. Decorate your living area and kitchen with fresh flowers and herbs, porcelain and textiles with floral patterns, and flower pots.

Include touches that reference the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in bathrooms, with seashells, varying shades of blue, and fishing net designs or prints.

Indian: Get the style

Indian design is inspired by its rich cultural heritage and history. In your home, don’t be afraid to mix bold colors, diverse elements, and interesting textures and patterns.

For furniture, use woods with dark and rich tones as these go well with bright colors, such as red, gold, orange, and yellow. It is best to have only one or two elaborate pieces per room, matched with simple pieces, for balance.

You can create a focal point in your living room using wall décor, such as one made of burnt gold or featuring a mandala pattern. Try to add a uniquely Indian item in a few key areas: a masala dani or spice box in the kitchen; a planter’s chair in the garden; a traditional decorative cabinet in one room, and a carpet in another.

 

Scandinavian: Get the style

The Scandinavian design seen in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden can be summarized as simple, straightforward, and natural. Natural lighting is a must. Make sure you have a lot of natural wood throughout your home with wooden chairs, tables, and floors.

When choosing furniture, clean lines and functional design are key. Light colors and material will help your furniture blend well with the rest of your interior. Avoid clutter. Select a few simple decorative accents, such as a houseplant or an item with a geometric print. Scandinavian design also has a distinct color palette: black, brown, gray, and white. These neutral colors, plus one or two other muted hues, can help you achieve that clean and modern look.

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