Astrid Dedios, February 12th , 2018.
Convey the feel of a French Polynesian bungalow with furniture made from teak, bamboo or banana leaf. Furniture made from rattan, wicker or water hyacinth also imparts a tropical feel. Include layers of organic texture with items made from woven seagrass such as area rugs, baskets, chairs and headboards. Provide an extra layer of privacy when needed with matchstick blinds on windows. Plantation-style shutters work well with wood paneling. Grasscloth wallpaper is another option for adding texture and color to walls. Bring in a touch of Tahitian culture with colorful, hand printed pareus. Pareus are brightly colored sheets of fabric that can be wrapped around one's body and worn as a simple dress or draped across a bed, the back of a sofa or the arm of a chair for a splash of color and pattern. Hang a collection of authentic wood Polynesian tiki masks or display carved tiki sculptures on a table or shelf. Hang a framed Polynesian tapa on the wall. Tapas are paintings on fabric, traditionally used as celebration dance dresses depicting tattooed heiva dancers, Marquesan women, aquatic animals and traditional Marquesan tattoo motifs. In lieu of traveling to French Polynesia to acquire these tribal treasures, look for them online.
Decorative wall finish. There are many options. For example, you can use wallpaper with a pattern that simulates the skin of reptiles or color of wild animals. You can combine the wallpaper using plain plaster-like one with textured one, simulating exotic leather. And you can just paint the walls in warm or even white color. To add some brightness, you can make a curb that has African ornament or it may simply be of a paper or painted in different colors. By the way, the walls can be decorated with painted silhouettes of animals. Also, as an option, you can add nobility to the walls through a grid of thin cracks, imitating African soil which is cracked by the drought. You can do this by using two paint colors. One of them would be accentual and the other would be dominant. You will also need a Craquelure special lacquer and proficiency in cracuele technique and skills which are performed on the plaster and paint. In addition, the use of plaster is another option walls. Even better, plaster artificially “wear”. Sometimes part of the walls are lined with African fabric patterns and, if it's bathroom or kitchen, the wall mosaic or tiles with imitation reptile skin texture would be perfect.
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