Ethnic and Old World Decorating Ideas

Whether you’re a world traveler or simply looking for inspiration, check out our favorite ways to bring charm, history and an ethnic look to any space — no passport necessary.

Indonesian Inspiration

RMS user BoBendana

RMS user BoBendana used neutral and organic colors for this Bali-based living room. The tiled fireplace is flanked by two stone carvings (displaying a medley of Pacific Ocean life), but it’s the Moroccan metal chandelier that steals the show.

Eclectic Old World

RMS user DebraCampbellDesigns

RMS user DebraCampbellDesigns

Combining elements from several periods and locations — including an antique Chinese armoire, an Italian chest and a pair of modern paintings — RMS user DebraCampbellDesigns created a charming living room with Old World appeal.

Spanish Courtyard

RMS user Leanne Michael Interiors

This outdoor living space may have been designed in Santa Barbara, Calif., but it’s all Spanish to us. With bright linens, graceful greenery and an oversized white fireplace, this is the ideal place to unwind. Design by RMS user Leanne Michael Interiors

Old World Bath

RMS user DebraCampbellDesign

RMS user DebraCampbellDesign

Complete with a Jerusalem stone floor, beamed ceiling and coordinating linens, this Old World bathroom has the best of the past in the luxurious present. Design by RMS user DebraCampbellDesign

Made in Mexico

RMS user allende

RMS user allende

With 15-foot French doors, the great room in this Mexican home was already off to a good start, but the vibrant splashes of color, matching lamps and oversized iron mirror simply make the space. Design by RMS user allende

Southwestern Style

RMS user MattDouganDesigner

RMS user MattDouganDesigner

Earth-toned stucco with tumbled fieldstone, mesquite doors and wrought-iron gates come together to create the ultimate Southwestern style for this Sedona home. Design by RMS user MattDouganDesigner

Tuscan Dreams

RMS user Newport Beach

RMS user Newport Beach

What makes an antique canopy bed look even more lavish? Placing it beneath a beamed ceiling. Evoking images of the Italian countryside, RMS user Newport Beach transformed this coastal bedroom with golden linens and a crimson accent wall.

This article was originally published by Charity Curley Mathews on To see the original article, click here.


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