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How To Design Modern Middle Eastern Home

Sep 12, 2022 | Surabhi Agarwal

Interiors are a gateway to understanding one’s personality. People express their individuality and surround themselves with what inspires them, allowing their spaces to represent who they are and what they believe in. In turn, the interiors of our everyday spaces hugely impact our lives. The colours, the materials used and the amount of light entering our rooms determine our mood. Middle Eastern interior design is the epitome of luxury, refinement, style and taste for lines and forms. Modern Arabic interior design is simply a contemporary version of this; a delectable mix of eastern and western lines defining an entire generation’s lifestyle. Let this be your guide to designing the perfect modern Middle Eastern room.


  1. Perfection in every Line


Nothing says contemporary and middle eastern more than geometry and in particular lines. Sometimes, an archaic look is brought about with beautiful arches that act as wall centrepieces but with a contemporary touch. However, you need to complement these with bespoke furniture and colour tones to complete the look. 



  1. Organised Space Layout 


One of the features of middle eastern interiors is its strong hold on culture. Arab Culture revolves around family so a lot of importance is given to family gatherings. A direct translation of this is a huge living room which is the social hub of the house. And what makes it welcoming? Beautiful furniture and its proper placing, something that exudes comfort. Too much distance between the sofas and there is deadly silence. A focal point is usually defined in a room like this. For most, it is the television and most of the furniture is faced towards it. 

However, this can be asking for too much. Nowadays, the room sizes can vary a lot. As long as the allotted space is correctly organised and adorned with perfect furniture, home accessories, and lighting designs with moderation, the room looks tasteful. And remember, the secret lies in simplicity, one overpowering detail and the whole project can be ruined. 

  1. Patterns, Patterns on the Wall

Nothing adds depth and focus like Arabic wallpapers. Paints and wallpapers are not the only kind of wall embellishments, aesthetically placed shelves also interestingly adorn the walls with the additional benefit of storage. 

The selection of colours play a very important role from an interior perspective. The go-to hues are the warmer tones of the colour wheels. A warm colour palette with a splash of bold in very subtle yet strategic places are seen widely. It’s pretty common to find a pop of burnt orange or maroon in such spaces. There is also the additional texture which adds the extra oomph. 

These colours and textures aren’t restricted to the walls. Bright rugs, upholstery, pillows, cushions & drapes all inject the colourful energy & vibration to space. Original colours like rich plum, deep chocolate, glittering gold, rich rust, coral, cinnamon, crimson, navy blue, olive, wheat, curry and any other opulent colour one can think of can be used without a second thought.

  1. Textiles are almost a must-have!

Luxury is weaved into the Arabic decor through textiles that always steal the show whether its through the use of heavy drapery, tapestries, rich upholstery, Persian rugs, floor cushions, bolsters, pillows, throws or hallway runners.

The lavishness in the interiors comes from the sheen and richness of the shiny silks, velvets, satins & cashmere. Tassels on pillows, curtain tiebacks, woven rugs liven up different corners of the room.

A great example of the beautiful use of textiles is the Burj al Arab, a luxury hotel in Dubai!



  1. Lighting to add shine to the room 

Lighting is an absolute work of art in the Arabian style. They are extremely decorative in nature. Chandeliers in rooms are a very common sight. In fact, in most cases it becomes the focal part for the rest of the decor. You can go as grand and bold as the room allows. Golden chandeliers with decorative details or latticed metal lanterns hanging from the ceiling or placed on the floor are some of the ways in which lighting plays its role. The patterned pinpoints of light and shadow thrown around them make the room feel delightfully intimate.

  1. Decor that accentuates the room:

Now, that all the important components are ticked off comes the most creative part, the accents. Metal is the star in Arabic inspirations. Golden details, big enough pictures, decorative plates & heavy curtains are the part of it! Metal or wood chests, side tables, mirrors and benches also add value. 

You must have also noticed graphic tile patterns that infinitely repeated? There is a name for it: Arabesque. They add a lot of vibrance and style. Even the dishes that are seen around the houses as decor have essential meaning.

All of these features would create the modern room with accents of tradition. When something is old, it’s typically filled with nostalgia from our past. Newstalgic is an innovative blend of old and new. It offers a comfortable feeling via familiarity while also adding elements of modern design. In this way, it’s nostalgia experienced through a contemporary lens: something new and exciting that feels familiar. 

Well-being is the new name of the game in interior design. One of the key features seen in most homes nowadays is biophilic design which involves a combination of natural elements with design such as natural light and plants to fulfil the human need of connecting with nature. You’ll find restful retreats offering tranquillity for regaining headspace and balance both in home and office spaces.

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