Interior design and culture

The interior design inspired on different parts of the world is gaining more popularity in interior design.

Decorating with culture in mind is a way to express beliefs and lifestyle factors that make you who you are. The statement that culture makes in your home has the ability to create a sort of ‘domino effect’ that can be positive not only for yourself but also for all your family members and friends who visit your home.

It is important that space where you live has a reflection of your personality and taste. It should somehow reflect who you are and where you came from.

One of the best ways to do this is to use culture as an inspiration for your interior design. As culture is an integral part of your background, it can be really useful to help you feel good in your home when it’s incorporated into the interior design.

Bringing culture into your home’s interior is a personal step that should reflect your deepest cultural roots.

But let’s analyze few popular interior design tendencies from close.

What they express? And where they come from?

Nordic parquet

Northern countries, such as Canada, Germany and Scandinavian countries are associated with efficiency and orderliness, but also with cold weather.

pexels-photo-259962These features are best expressed with a typical parquet floor and a minimalistic design. The parquet helps to keep the home warm, preferred colors are light brown, beige or fair gray. Walls are mostly painted in white and furniture is quite essential which tend to express functionality and a certain mental rigor.

Persian living room

Middle Eastern countries are best known for their community-style living and their huge families. Ancient Persian culture provided a basis which spread across the region and mixed with others through the centuries.

WhatsApp Image 2018-02-21 at 16.40.09A very big L-shaped couch and a typical Persian-style carpet surmounted by a chandelier are very iconic as they perfectly represent a welcoming and relationship-oriented culture, where convivial and social meetings are pivotal in order to maintain a good living standard.


Asian quietness


And how about Asia, especially the Far East?

Harmony, peace, and tranquillity are rooted in some of the oldest philosophies, such as Buddhism and Zen.

A minimalistic design, almost bare, with light colors and tones of brown that helps relaxing or even meditating.

The Asian interior has been very popular in Western countries as well because it is based on the fundamentals of Feng Shui. Designing one of your room with this theme is a way to inspire tranquility as it creates a harmony between the elements integrated into every space.

Mediterranean patio

yard-2763265_1280Mediterranean people in Southern Europe, North Africa, and Near East are used to spend most of their time outside, especially because of the warm and humid weather.

Furthermore, their culture is mostly relationship and community based, which makes them favor sitting in colorful patios, backyards or gardens, decorated with trees and flowers in a friendly and energetic outside environment, with powerful colors such as bright pink, blue and wooden elements.

How do you reflect your culture into your home?


Spanish style home decor


Spanish culture has influenced architecture and home design across South of Europe, Southeastern United States and, obviously South America.

Exposed wooden ceiling beams, stucco-like wall paint, dark wood features with iron elements, patios and colorful tiles are some of the most prominent characteristics of a Spanish-style interior design.

However, whether you’re living in Madrid, Barcelona or anywhere in the world, it’s quite easy to add a touch of Spain to your home décor.

Let’s analyze some of the main characteristics.




Fireplaces are both functional and decorative elements and this style often features them with decorative mantels and frames. Ornate patterns and lines are used to make the fireplace stand out and sometimes contrast with the rest of the room.


Catalan ceiling


The Catalan vault, is a type of low arch made of plain bricks often used to make a structural floor surface. It is built by laying bricks lengthwise over a wood form or “centering”, making it a gentler curve than has generally been produced by other methods of construction.

Of Roman origin, it is a traditional form in Catalonia (where it is widely used), and has spread around the Mediterranean area and the world through the work of Catalan architects such as Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch.


patio-1192247_1920In Spanish-style homes, the patio is usually a covered space that traditionally serves to protect from the heat during the ‘siesta’ hours.

In particular, the Andalusian patio, typical of the Southern region of Andalucia, is a stone patio typically decorated with flowers and plants. It is an architectural fusion of the Roman and Andalusian world.




Colorful tiles


Spanish homes are often decorated with tiles that usually cover just the bottom half of the walls and there’s a clear line that separates the surfaces.

The tiles are very colorful, especially in the South, most frequently displaying earthy tones and shades of brown, red and blue sometimes combined and used to create strong contrasting effects.




Wooden window shutter

StockSnap_JBA0TU6048The so-called ‘persiana’ is made of wood and is usually painted in green or brown.

It helps to keep the heat away and to keep quiet during the traditional ‘siesta’, the after-lunch pause that lasts between 2 and 4 hours..


Which Spanish-style element would you choose for your home?

Materials and colors that can make your office a warmer place

Materials like wood and their importance 

Wood can last for 40 years or 60 years, it needs the right maintenance to conserve, the experts say that the wood can give a warm feeling in places like stores, offices and houses. It also brings a touch of sophistication and elegance, for being such a neutral material.


The colors

Neutral colors can make your place look bigger, and if you combine them with cold colors then you can get the perfect amount of calm in your working place.


This was the inspiration for the decoration and environment of our office in Barcelona.




Five interior design ideas from around the world

If you are thinking about decorating your home or just giving it a new outlook, you can get inspiration from other cultures and how they use few distinctive elements in their home interior design.

Here is our top-5 inspiration source, which is, of course, just a start…there is much more to discover.


The classic Japanese home design is minimalist and essential, concepts which are believed to have a deep connection to ancient Zen philosophy.

Houseplants, large windows and a low table surrounded by pillows can inspire a feeling of tranquillity and connection to nature.



Indian interior design often displays a mixture of warm-colored fabrics to create a sense of welcome in the home.

Together with intricate patterns, a mix of warm colors, such as deep red, purple and mustard yellow, reminds of the colorful spices that are used to prepare food.

Moreover, the home design is never complete without an incense burner and the use of a selection of Hindu idols or elephant statues.



The typical design of an Italian home includes most probably a fireplace and a comfortable colorful couch in front of it.

This cozy setting easily allows people to feel at ease while talking after a long lunch.

Italian style is famous for its elegance and the high-quality furnishings, such as wood or paintings that remind of Renaissance design and architecture.


South Africa

Wooden tribal masks, animalistic designs, and colorful fabrics are common elements of South African interior design.

Minimalistic details, such as print rugs help to display not only the unique side of the nation’s indigenous culture but also emphasize the rich splendor of the African continent.




With just a few objects placed in a room, such as Chinese calligraphy and a landscape or cherry-blossom painting, the indoor space strikes a fine balance by integrating nature into traditional designs.

One of the fundamental rules in Chinese interior design is simplicity, which helps to create a feeling of harmony and inner balance.


Chinese interior design ideas

What do you associate with a Chinese home design?

Most probably is an image of calm and harmonious outlook with colorful details.

Using them in the right way and in right places is should be thought carefully to avoid an opposite effect.

Nevertheless, our recommendation is to follow your own vision and don’t be afraid to combine different elements. Surprisingly, some Chinese home design can easily be mixed with other styles and give a personal touch to your home.

Let’s see two of the main features.


The richness of colors is one of the main features of the Chinese design, and they are used especially in combination with wood.

Usually, red is prevailing, but also gold and black are quite dominant.



Simplicity in the combination of natural elements has always been appreciated in Chinese traditional design.

In fact, in the traditional culture, the presence of nature in everyday life has good effects on people’s mind and attitude.

In today’s busy life, often we feel that link with nature is missing.

Feng shui is the art of organizing spaces to increase positive energy or Chi in our environment. Originated in China, it literally means wind and water in Chinese and has had deep spiritual contents in classic philosophy and doctrines.


Elements of animate and inanimate nature, like stones, wood and plants can have a beneficial influence in our home. Bamboo and bonsai trees suite the best in the concept of creating a spectacular effect.



What is your favorite Chinese-style decorating element?





Tips to design your space when working from home

Given that freelance jobs and flexible hours are on the rise, more and more people feel the necessity of working from home. But there is a very important recommendation to keep in mind in this circumstance: don’t build a home office, especially in smallest and darkest room of the house.

According to The National, a traditional home office may have worked in the past but in today’s society this model is becoming quickly obsolete.

Hotels offer a new source of inspiration when it comes to design and furnish your work-from-home space.

First of all, an hotel’s lobby represents frequently a new hub for business travelers. It is becoming quite popular to see someone leaning back on a sofa with a laptop on the legs, a smartphone and a coffee on a side table. According to various researchers, many executives say they do their best and most creative work when they’re on the road.

At home, this can easily convert in a lobby-style working living room.

Second is the bedroom. Research shows that when business travelers are working in their room, they’re either in a comfy armchair or spread out on the bed. At home, just a few hacks can give your bedroom that same hotel feel: extra pillows, a nice lamp and a comfortable chair in the corner are enough.

The third is the cafe. Think about long, shared ­tables with dining-style chairs, typical in many co-working places around the world. This type of environment is perfect for deep, focused work such as writing, designing or ­crunching numbers. At home your dining room, kitchen table or breakfast bar can all perform this task with few minimal upgrades: for example by buying a decent chair or stool and make sure the lighting works – shade glare from south-facing windows and ensure enough man-made light for late night work sessions.

All these adjustments are complemented if you treat yourself to a few more amenities to uplift your home and create an inspiring hotel or co-working vibe. A nice coffee machine with designer mugs and teapot, a Wi-Fi speaker to play cool background music and some nice plants would do the rest.

Check also our article about interior design trends for 2018:


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Interior design trends for 2018

Whether you are giving life to your new home or you are simply looking for a makeover, designing and decorating your home can be a daunting task. Multiple options available on the market can make the process somehow confusing and paralyzing.

Our suggestion is to keep these trends in mind for your furniture shopping in 2018.

1. More color in kitchens



A warmer touch and a more personal space can be obtained by increasing the amount of color in your kitchen.

The color palette for a colorful but minimalistic kitchen is typically white, grey, wood and black, but never forget to personalize it with houseplants, copper pipes or rustic bench tops.




2. Richer colors in the whole home

Pay apexels-photo-271795ttention to colors throughout the home design makes your furniture and decorative items really burst.

New tendencies exposed in Milan this year for the Salone Del Mobile show that a lot of warm, almost retro colors will be more popular, such as terracotta, light greens, deep pinks and burgundy with splashes of bright blue and orange.


3. Pink and peach

pexels-photo-327507The last few years saw the rise of the so-called ¨millenial pink¨

Although this will remain a popular choice, peach will begin its climb as a major player in the interior design trends of 2018. This color is easy to pair with anything and is a pretty addition to the natural, simple, and cozy design new trends.

In fact, natural, earthy and wood furniture and decor makes everything shine brighter feel more natural and cozy.


4. Copper, brass and minimalistic design


Add some artistic flair and shine to your room with brass lamps, bowls and even side tables.

This added flair is perfect with all the other elements in a minimalistic design room.

Vintage lighting, like aged copper or brass pendant lights, are making a comeback.

Bedrooms especially can be more relaxing and restful spaces with a combination of light colors and copper or brass vintage-looking furniture.


5. Wallpaper and wooden walls

vinyl-record-player-retro-594388Wooden walls with designs etched into them have been popular in bathrooms and kitchens but will be seen in bedrooms more frequently.

Intricate designs can add a more personal compositional element to a wall with a touch of vintage.




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