Rufina Wilderman, April 27th , 2018.
Think of the draped, makeshift doorways of a busy outdoor markets or the costume of a belly dancer. Colorful fabrics are also a staple in Middle Eastern decor. You can implement your own colorful fabrics as sheer curtains, valences or used as a canopy to dress up a tall ceiling. Bronze or gold metal antique oil lamps, candle sticks or framed mirrors are a throwback to earlier Arabian eras and can give your home a more traditional Middle Eastern vibe. Select a set of intricately designed bronze candle holders or outdoor lanterns to add to the atmosphere. A cozy pallet draped in soft carpets and pillows can be a great addition to any home – specifically for dinner parties and other gatherings. Create a ring of cushions around a low table topped with a traditional hookah pipe for a relaxing experience that is truly Middle Eastern.
Materials and Colors. There is a variety of materials used in transitional furniture. You may say it is greater in variety than either traditional or modern styles, but all material is treated with restraint. Wood is generally lighter in color than traditional furniture, because the look is never dark and brooding. However darker finishes may be used, as well as painted finishes. Metal, glass, and wood are often used together in different combinations. But you will not find sleek metal, glass or acrylic on its own as in contemporary furniture. Very often these materials will be used to add detail. Leather is one of the most popular materials in transitional furniture. Distressed leather is also used often. The idea is to have furniture that is casual and comfortable, and yet shows some semblance of formality. Textured fabric such as ultrasuedes, corduroys, and chenilles are often used. Since color is generally subdued, texture is often used to create interest. Fabric colors in transitional style furniture are often neutral and toned down. Olives, taupes, creamy whites, and tans are some of the colors that are used often.
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