If you hate the natural home style with those safe neutral beige and cream color schemes then perhaps your tastes run more to the exotic. You will have plenty of choice in room color schemes and accessories if that is the kind of style you like especially as we are now used to being able to easily import goods from far flung countries, which are just right for such a scheme. In fact, you will find stores springing up everywhere, both locally and on line, to cater for those who love the exotic look. Not only that, but these days many of us are traveling to places at the other side of the world and like to return with treasures ready to give our homes that special look and remind us of our days on vacation in beautiful places of the world.
But how do you put an exotic style together?
1. Decide on an Overall Look
There are many styles which belong in the exotic category and yet they don’t all fit well with each other. For example, you might favor oriental style or the styles of India and these styles do not work well together although separately each can provide the base for a wonderful stylish room. Perhaps the easiest way to have a coherent theme is to choose the traditional look of a particular country. Traditional is best if you want an exotic look as many modern homes are starting to have the same “international” look the world over.
2. Decide on a Color Scheme
Each type of look will lend itself to a particular color scheme or range of colors. For example, a Japanese look uses a lot of black lacquered or dark wood furniture. An Indian look is resplendent with bright colors such as oranges and fuchsia. A North African or Moroccan color scheme would lend itself to earthy colors mixed with bright blue. You can vary how you use the colors in your room. Think about wall paint or paper, curtains and window valances, carpets and flooring as well as accessories for an overall look that works well together. To make sure you don’t go over the top, choose some simple single-color elements from the look such as wooden flooring or plain solid colored walls.
3. Collect Your Items
There is no need to have every item be exactly authentic. Choose key pieces which provide the backbone for the look and then ensure that other items are simply in keeping with the look. For example, you could make a feature of your windows in a Far Eastern room by draping bright, sari fabric over a drapery pole to create a wonderful scarf window valance treatment. In a Japanese style room you could use a beautiful screen with a black frame and Japanese characters as a room divider which then becomes one of the focal points. You probably need about five or six items which have the authentic look of the style you have chosen to set the theme. You can always start with three or four and add to them as you find them.