Perry Vendetti, January 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.
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.
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