Ethnic Style Or How To Travel Without Leaving Home

The democratization of the airplane’s use and the arrival of the Internet has led many people to want to discover new worlds and customs. Hence, the ethnic style has become so popular in recent years. This one, which is characterized by being eclectic and very personal, combines objects from different places, giving a multicultural air to the room without overloading it. It is about mixing shapes, materials, textures, and colors, of great cultural load, that distant transport places.

How to achieve it

As your style or combined with others such as contemporary, minimalist, or rustic, achieving an ethnic decoration is easy if you know how to select and combine the different pieces, furniture or decorative accessories. It is about choosing those objects that transmit the most force, that is more impressive or attractive and placing them in a place where they can be displayed without being overwhelming. They are often handcrafted items that, due to their versatility, are harmoniously combined with elements of other styles or even design pieces, providing that distant touch.


One of the advantages of the ethnic style is how well it complements most styles, which is why furniture choice is very easy: from exotic furniture, African, Arabic, colonial or oriental inspiration to others with straight and minimalist lines or more rustic air. The living room and bedrooms are usually the rooms where more ethnic touches are found thanks to the beds, headboards, trunks, coffee tables, poufs, armchairs, desks, and even cabinets and cabinets, among other pieces. These can be obtained on trips, but also in stores and markets.

The colors

The prominence of earth tones characterizes the ethnic style. Reds, oranges, yellows, browns, and others are mixed with blacks, whites and other neutrals, used as the base color. Thus, textiles and other decorative accessories are filled with strong colors, which allow the textures to be highlighted. As for the patterns, the tribal and the “animal-print” predominate, always combined with the plain ones.


Natural materials predominate mostly in the ethnic style: solid woods (teak, mahogany and even ebony), carved or not, on headboards, beds, tables, chairs, sideboards and cabinets; skins and other leathers, for upholstery such as chairs and headboards, and even some decorative object; wool, hair, silk, jute and other natural fiber fabrics fill cushions, rugs and other textile accessories; Also, there is also the use of stone, clay, and wicker.

The essential accessories

Achieving an ethnic aesthetic involves placing and highlighting in the right place certain pieces such as vases, masks, baskets, tapestries, raffia, or wool rugs also unusual musical instruments, paintings or photographs of distant places, ceramic pieces, sculptures.


As in any other style, enhancing the entry of natural light is very important for achieving cheerful, warm, and vital spaces. The peculiarity of lighting in this type of environment is softness. Thus, to achieve a soft and pleasant light, curtains or panels are used to shade the luminosity and candles or paper or bamboo lamps, which generate a softer and warmer light.