Trends Around The World

October 8, 2018

Design Trends Around The World

Interior design is an element of our home that perfectly reflects who we are and how we express our personality. Finding your style can become overwhelming with the amount of resources available. If you’re looking for some inspiration from international cultures, check out these popular interior design trends around the world.

Asia

China

Chinese design is extensive in history and rich with culture. The fundamental principle of Chinese interior design is simplicity. Influenced by feng shui, simplicity is the cornerstone for peace, harmony and serenity. Feng shui is the system of laws that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in the relation to the flow of energy.

Believe it or not, there are even guidelines to bed placement in feng shui. The headboard must not be facing west, and it can’t be against the wall of a bathroom. Since the energy of the bathroom is vastly different than the bedroom, it is said to cause back pain while sleeping.

A positive flow of energy can be found through balancing color, and combining traditional and contemporary pieces with pieces of nature.

Asian Style Bedroom by MediaProduction

Japan

Zen, which translates to meditation, is the embodiment of Japanese minimalism. The minimalist philosophy emphasizes neutral colors and natural materials, while rejecting clutter. Lightwoods, such as bamboo, are popular in Japanese households.

Because many urban Japanese dwellings are too small to have their own garden, they incorporate indoor plants to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Zen Interior with potted bamboo by ArchiViz

Europe

Scandinavia

Danes and Swedes perfected the popular geometric mid-century modern style we all know and admire today. The Scandinavian design can be characterized by both minimalism and functionality. Not too much and not too little, but lagom, just the right amount.

Another characteristic of nordic design is intellectualism. When it comes to reading, the Swedes rank 8th in the world for most hours spent reading per week. It’s not uncommon to see an entire wall dedicated to books and shelving.

Sunlight becomes scarce during the winter months in these nordic countries, which is why pastel colors and light-colored natural materials are essential for a hyggeligt scandinavian home.

Mid-Century Living Room Interior by KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Italy

Modern Italian interior design trends can be categorized as industrial with traditional charm. Milano and Turino, are the nation’s capital for industrial design. Key features combine both traditional woods, stones, and textured fabrics with glass and metal elements to exemplify structure and intensity.

The Italians pride themselves on preserving historical buildings, while introducing a modern touch to the interior. The perfect place to take a siesta.

Open Concept by Sisoje

Russia

Apart from a few modern appliances, Russian design is filled with nostalgia. Traditional Russian interiors are known to be the most exquisite and luxurious interiors around Europe. High ceilings are draped with elegant curtains and elaborate rugs are the focal point of the Russian home. Realistic paintings are the finishing touches to a traditional Russian home.

Old Manor House by harrastaja

Africa

Kenya

Kenya is the home to dozens of national parks, which explains why the homes of Kenya are just as exotic. Animal-print rugs and wooden tribal masks are just a few of the unique pieces floating around the homes of this nation. Kenyans also are known to decorate with darkwood furniture and natural-hued colors. This allows sunlight to flow more naturally into the rooms, creating a natural look to the home that’s seamless to the surrounding landscape.

Safari Bedroom by WLDavis

Latin America

Mexico

It’s no surprise that one of the most humble and welcoming people style their home with inviting, rich, and vivid colors. Bright tones of red, orange, blue, and green are just a few. Mexico is also a very proud nation, which is why they incorporating pieces of heritage to preserve and honor the past. In the modern Mexican home you can find a mixture of aztec patterns alongside contemporary aesthetic.

Floor with Carpet by JulyProkopiv

 

Written by Alex Leaf

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