Adding an exotic element to your decor is a surprising touch.
It creates conversation and personalizes your home.
What do you consider an exotic home element? That definition has changed over time as our worlds have gotten smaller, and our population is more diverse. We have more access to purchasing interior design elements from other cultures, in addition to bringing them home from our own travels.
Most people consider the following as exotic elements to add to their home décor:
Indian or East Asian fabrics
Moroccan or Indonesian end tables and lanterns
Latin American dining tables
Japanese ceramic stools
African masks and wall art
Asian stone sculptures
Exotic woods with dramatic grains and textures
Carpets and artifacts from the Southwest U.S.
Tiles from almost any country
Rugs from Turkey, Kashmir, Iran and so many other countries
Even tropical plants and flowers
The trick is to add enough exotic to make a room interesting, but not so much that the room is cluttered or looks out of place for your life style. A little goes a long way with exotic elements. Most of these items are hand-crafted so you won’t see the same piece in a friend or neighbor’s home! And you’re adding to the individuality of your home, especially if you brought the piece back from a special trip.
Even in minimalist décor, one or two touches of the exotic can stand out; actually they’ll stand out even more than in a cluttered room. And even if the pieces are exotic and special, they can be in neutral colors that keep the zen feeling going strong.
Personalize your decor with an exotic element or two this year. It’s a conversation starter that will add personality and energy to your home.