A Style All Its Own. The transitional decor is often confused with the eclectic style, but the styles are very different. Transitional will often use contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, but even these old-world pieces will be sophisticated and have simple, classic lines. Eclectic styling is far less refined and consistent and often incorporates one type of item either as a stand alone or in a group. For instance, a living room eclectically styled would have two different end tables anchoring the sofa with two different lamps. A transitional decor room would probably have matching accessories. In a kitchen, the eclectic style would mean hand-painted cabinets and a retrofit island with different colored appliances; in a transitional style kitchen, it may include a reclaimed wood island with all matching stainless steel appliances. Window treatments would be simpler and more crisp in a transitionally styled room, while an eclectic room could have more ornate window coverings.
Known to be the cradle of civilization, the Middle East is a region steeped in ancient culture and religion – much of which has survived to the present day. It's also an area in which multiple influences meet to create colorful and flavorful styles of art, architecture and interior décor. From the markets of Morrocco and the beaches of Israel to the deserts of Iran, there is plenty of beautiful sights and styles for home design inspiration. Here are some easy ways to implement a Middle Eastern touch. One of the most easily recognizable Middle Eastern (and particularly Islamic) artistic traits is geometric patterns. From the shape of the buildings to the prints in fabrics and artwork, geometric patterns are everywhere. You can add these patterns to your home in the form or area rugs, throw pillows or a piece of framed wall art.
Material and Texture. Texture plays an integral part in Asian style furniture. Surfaces can be smooth and shiny, because wood is either polished to perfection, painted, or lacquered. Surface interest is also created by using materials such as bamboo, paper, silver or gold leaf. Upholstery and rugs run the gamut from silk to jute and straw. This round cocktail table is from Hammary, and it combines some very interesting materials and textures that you find in Asian furniture. The deep dish top has a glass inset highlighted by a field of silver leaf. This is a take on an ancient art technique in which the underside of the glass is painted with an intricate pattern. The faux bamboo base has a soft black finish with a subtle red rub through.
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