Arabian-style decorating really embraces the decorative motifs of Morocco and the Mediterranean. The style doesn't shy away from bright colours or bold designs. Instead these elements are a staple in the decorating style. Arabian style offers an appropriate decorating choice for people who love colour and want to bring a little of the glamour of Aladdin and his 1,001 Arabian nights into their most personal of spaces. Vibrantly coloured pottery filled with lush plants, ornamental mirrors, incense burners and photos framed with silver picture frames all find a home in the Arabian bedroom.
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Things you need
- Paint and accessories
- Decorative pillows
- Decorative accessories
- Mosaic-tiled furniture
- Persian rugs
Embrace the colours that are popular in Arabian-style decorating: bold pinks, purples, blues, emerald green, yellows, reds and terra cotta for the floors. These colours appear in generous amounts all over rooms that have been decorated in Arabian style. Blue is very common on the walls, because of the influence of the Mediterranean Sea and the oceans, but all these colours appear together in a vibrant whole. Use brightly coloured paint generously in this room on the walls and on the furniture.
Think about using decorative stencilling on items like wardrobe, wooden trunks, trinket boxes, dressers and other furniture, in addition to the walls. Much of Arabian-themed decorating embraces geometric shapes, but it's not limited to that. In terms of wall stencilling, paint your designs in areas such as above the door, around a window seat if there is one, or at the top of the wall near the ceiling.
Make the bed the focal point in the room by adorning it with silk bedding as well as cloth hung over the bed in multiple colours in canopy style. A comforter featuring large blocks of colours is one way to introduce many of the colours typically associated with Arabian-style decorating.
Throw an abundance of decorative pillows on the bed. These can be different colours, shapes and styles and feature a variety of materials, like brocades, linen, wool and velvet as well as decorative beading. Mix and match the patterns on the pillows as well.
Select some Arabian-themed accessories. Some good items to start with are assorted candles, gold ornamental pieces, like mirrors, and coloured pottery.
Incorporate mosaics in the room by adding a mosaic design to furniture items like the bedside table or the dresser top. Mosaics are popular in this style of decorating.
Make the floor a comfortable place to sit by creating a rug and pillow corner. Lay down thick oriental rugs and an abundance of large pillows. Place a knee-high table in the area. Use it as a place to unwind and eat a light snack.
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