- Decorative stone in Arabic style
- Decorative stone in “rustic” country style
- Decorative stone in Japanese interior design
- Decorative stone in African interior or jungle style
- Chinese style decorative stone
In this article, we will tell you how harmonious and natural a decorative stone can look in ethnic styles such as African, Japanese and Arabic. We will offer several ideas that will allow you to emphasize the ethnic orientation of the design by using a decorative stone.
We already wrote about how you can use decorative stone in a classic interior in a previous article. However, the possibilities of this finishing material are much wider, so one cannot fail to mention how appropriate an artificial stone will be in ethnic directions of interior design.
There are a great variety of ethnic styles – each people with established traditions brings something of their own into the interior design. But the most recognizable and popular ethnic styles include only a few directions, in particular, country, African, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese styles. It is about the use of decorative stone in such interiors that will be discussed in this article..
Artificial stone, which imitates natural so well, will perfectly fit into almost any ethnic direction of interior design, for example, in such a spacious country-style kitchen
Decorative stone in Arabic style
Immediately, we note that just for the Arabian style, decorative stone is not the main finishing material. This lush and vibrant interior design style prefers textiles and plain painted walls. However, it is the Arabian style that has such a feature as the abundance of arched openings, as well as niches in the walls. And just for finishing these elements, artificial stone is ideal..
The Arabic style, of course, is one of the most variegated, replete with ornaments, and prefers orange, yellow, turquoise, beige and gold from the colors. A facing stone for such an interior can be chosen, guided by the following principles:
- Use stone as a neutral background for soft sofas with bright upholstery, colorful oriental pillows and carved furniture. In this case, sandstone, shale stone, limestone or decorative bricks of gray or beige, that is, natural shades, are suitable..
- To emphasize the brightness and uniqueness of the oriental interior with sandstone inserts, but already red or chocolate brown. In this case, it is better to limit the amount of colorful textiles so as not to create an interior oversaturated with details and colors..
It would also be appropriate to replace ordinary skirting boards and ceiling cornices with artificial stone, to decorate window openings and columns, which are quite common in the oriental style..
A good example of how oriental motives can be combined with modern finishes. Against the background of a neutral wall lined with decorative bricks, soft sofas with colorful bedspreads and pillows look especially bright. And the collection of bottles made of multi-colored glass from such a background only won
Such arched niches in the walls are one of the features of the Arabian style. The decorative stone for their finishing fits perfectly
Decorative stone in “rustic” country style
Country music rightfully belongs to ethnic, folk and easily recognizable styles. His favorite finishing material is wood, which is very harmoniously combined with stone. In addition, a traditional detail of this “rustic” design direction is a fireplace, which absolutely needs a decent frame..
Moreover, a country-style fireplace is a kind of rough hearth, for the decoration of which it is better to use a large decorative stone with a pronounced structure, for example, rubble.
In addition, a kitchen apron lined with stone will look great in country style, the same bar counter and separate inclusions of stone trim in the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe shelves for numerous small items and souvenirs.
As for the color scheme, the country does not put forward strict requirements for finishing materials. Artificial stone can be either natural gray or bright, for example, dark brown or deep green. The main thing is that the structure of the stone is clearly visible, it is large enough and goes well with the rest of the decoration and decor.
The combination of wood and stone always looks beautiful and harmonious. Such a fireplace faced with artificial stone in the “rustic” living room of a wooden house is a great option
Large rubble stone, almost real boulders – the best option for a deliberately rough and rustic country
Decorative stone in Japanese interior design
Restrained, but very unusual Japanese style tends to use as many natural materials as possible, so the finishing stone will fit well into such an interior. However, when choosing an artificial stone for an interior in the style of the Land of the Rising Sun, you should remember the following basic rules:
- There is nothing superfluous in the Japanese interior, in which it is very similar to minimalism. Therefore, it is not worth revealing all the walls with decorative stone – such a finishing option will turn the room into a medieval castle, and not in any way into the home of a real samurai. It is better to emphasize with the help of such decoration individual details of the interior, for example, a podium, a calligraphic picture with a picture of sakura, or a shelf for souvenirs. Or decorate just one wall with a stone.
- The color scheme of the Japanese style is delicate, neutral shades: white, milky, sandy, light gray, beige. Accordingly, it is better to choose artificial stone in the same colors – no terracotta or rich yellow shades. The stone chosen for the Japanese style should be perfectly similar to the natural stone created by nature itself. Moreover, it is better if its structure is not too pronounced – it is worth using artificial brick, sandstone, layered shale or limestone.
If designers do not advise revealing the entire wall in the “Japanese” room with artificial stone, then such panels depicting flowers or trees will be quite appropriate
In Japanese interiors, bamboo or its images are often used. See how harmoniously such designs are combined with a decorative stone of a neutral shade.
In this hallway, artificial slate was chosen to decorate one of the walls. Ceramic plates with hieroglyphs look great against its background.
Decorative stone in African interior or jungle style
African style is also called jungle style. He is bright, festive, loves rich colors and contrasting combinations. For this style, a decorative stone is perfect, which will evoke associations with savannah – sandstone, shell rock or limestone of terracotta, orange, red, brown or dark green shades..
Artificial stone in an African interior can be used to decorate almost all details:
- Kitchen apron.
- Living room walls. In this case, the stone will be an excellent background for traditional African masks or paintings depicting animals..
- Storage places for souvenirs or collections of unusual figurines.
In this case, you can not be afraid that there will be too much artificial stone – the lush and exotic jungle style does not like restraint.
The wall, lined with a fairly large artificial stone, has become an excellent background for paintings that emphasize the exoticism of such an interior.
The terracotta wall serves as a backdrop for painted ceramic plates and African masks. Moreover, the neighborhood with indoor plants only emphasizes the naturalness of this shade.
In this bright and unusual hallway, there is very little decorative stone – only individual inclusions that adorn the location of the mirror and small sections of the wall
Chinese style decorative stone
Unlike its “neighbor” – the Japanese style, the Chinese one is much brighter and more lush. If the Japanese interior surprises with its laconism and severity, then the Chinese, on the contrary, does not hesitate to flaunt wealth, preferring all shades of red, black and gold. Of course, it is not at all necessary to use artificial stone of only black or red colors – these shades will look especially bright in the vicinity of natural colors..
If you decide to create a Chinese-style interior, use decorative stone as a backdrop for traditional carved furniture, varnished, as well as for decorating niches and shelves where souvenirs, Chinese vases or houseplants will take their place.
In what the Chinese style is similar to Japanese, it is in the love of bamboo. This natural material is used to create all kinds of furniture, and for wall decoration, as well as flooring. As we said, stone always goes well with wood, and bamboo, of course, was no exception. Therefore, it is possible to combine decoration on the same wall with decorative stone and bamboo. It will turn out exactly what you need to create an exotic interior in the style of the Middle Kingdom.
In this living room, one of the walls is painted in the red so beloved by the Chinese style, and the space between the two large windows is decorated with artificial stone, on the contrary, in a natural color. In general, it would be possible to do the opposite – use bright red sandstone, but paint the rest of the walls in natural colors
Again, a harmonious combination of images of bamboo and decorative stone, which, in this case, is used for facing the protruding sections of the wall and storage areas
Decorative stone is a truly versatile finishing material, which, as we can see, will perfectly fit into any ethnic style of the interior. Of course, the use of artificial stone in the Arabic and Japanese styles has its own characteristics, but you should not give up the idea of revealing individual details with it in your exotic room. The main thing is to choose the right type of stone, its shade and use it in order to emphasize the main characteristics of the chosen design style..