HOW TO INCORPORATE ETHNIC FURNITURE INTO YOUR SPACE
BY KARMIN AT ALABASTER TRADER
Many of us are apprehensive about adding ethnic furniture to our space, for fear of things ending up too ‘boho’. In the latest Three Birds renovation, Bonnie shows us how adding some ethnic pieces, in a neutral palette, can take a room to the next level, and compliment a range of décor styles, especially her amazing ‘coastal barn’ home.
Bonnie carefully selected a handful of unique Indian pieces to add warmth and interest throughout her home and make a statement in key parts of her home. A huge free-standing mirror, made from an old Indian doorway stands proud in the dining room and an intricate candle holder made from an old pillar base is a fabulous talking-point at the family table. Because each piece has been refinished in whites and neutrals, they work with the rest of her modern, coastal style and don’t overwhelm the space.
Most Indian furniture is finished in dark stains and bright colours, which can dominate a room. But pieces refinished in soft whites and bleached timbers, bring warmth and texture and work in with existing decor.
Bonnie was careful to choose old pieces with a history to add individuality and interest and create a home that is unique to her and her family.
Top tips for incorporating ethnic furniture into your renovation or existing home:
1. Choose pieces in whites and neutrals to work with existing décor and not overwhelm the space
2. Select old pieces – they have a history and often have a beautiful time-worn patina. You’ll also have something that no-one else has!
3. Stick to one piece per room to avoid creating a ‘boho’ look (unless that’s what you’re going for!)