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How to Decorate Your Home Like a Turkish Palace

Just over two years ago, I received a late invitation from a friend asking if I wanted to accompany her to Turkey for a long weekend. Quicker than you can say Bosporus, I packed my bags and headed to the city which unites Europe and Asia, Istanbul, ready to explore its narrow souks for beguiling textiles from across the country.

That trip has since inspired a particular style of decoration which I want to share with you, combining both the ancient and the modern with fresh, travel-inspired ideas to bring Turkish flair to your home.

Istanbul has been the home to Ottoman sultans, artisans skilled in the art of Islamic miniature paintings as well as a thriving hub of design culture. The city is an endless source of inspiration for interior design lovers (as well as gourmet foodies – Turkish Delight….)

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet ‘blue’ Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are must-see attractions and glorious monuments to Istanbul’s past. All of these locations are famous for their tiles, which brings me nicely to my first point…

1. If you want your home to stand out from the crowd and have a wow factor, consider adding the iconic floral Iznik tile decals.

Beautiful tiles are a perfect way to upgrade your home without major renovation as you can change the look of your home quickly and without too much work.

Original Turkish blue and turquoise tiles are hand painted and are suitable for bathrooms and kitchens as well as outside patios, stairs raisers and floors.

Timeless colours include electric blues, pure whites, vibrant reds, glorious turquoise and muted petrol blues.

You can find exciting tile designs that combines both the traditional and contemporary on various online shops and companies. They give your home an unusual mixture of delicate, ancient and bold graphic patterns that grab attention and provide a luxurious feel.

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Otto Tiles

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I’m a huge, huge fan of colourful, bold tiles but I also know they can be pretty pricey. You don’t have to spend a fortune to completely transform a room as they also come in economical replicas in sticker form. This revolutionary method needs no time as Installation is as easy as peel and stick.

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2. Using copper accents is a great way to add instant warmth, elegance, and rustic glam to your interior. 

To get lost inside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is to immerse yourself in a sea of ​​stalls that offer all kinds of copper, brass, silver and other metal handwork. You will see ibrik sets (containers with a spout), coffee pots, ewer (vase-shaped pitchers), large decorative platters, tea sets, spa bowls, lamps and lanterns.  Copper has been on-trend for a long time and I believe it is here to stay. So let’s embrace it with Turkish character and make your interior fresh and sophisticated with a touch of exoticism.

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or just need some original accents around the house, Turkish copper pieces will add that perfect elegance.

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3. To personalise drawer and cupboard handles, add ceramic Turkish inspired knobs.

To make a house a home, finishing touches are needed.

These ceramic and porcelain flower door knobs in dark blues and beautiful whites will allow you to really express yourself as a person who likes to travel to exotic places around the world.

With their geometric designs and sophisticated blue-and-white florals they also have the power to transform a plain dresser into a stylish cabinet upgrading your bedroom furniture.

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4. Brighten a dark room, add zest to a cold apartment or divide an open-plan space with an exquisite Oushak carpet.

They are highly sophisticated and decorative rugs that come in gentle colours, great for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Oushak rugs, originally in the small town of Oushak (today south of Istanbul), have been greatly influenced by Persian designs.

Today, Oushak rugs are highly desirable and decorative for elegant room settings as they are soft and luxurious. Also a great option as tapestries on walls.

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5. Turkish Chandeliers – Ceiling and Table Lamps elaborate in mosaic are perfect for brightening any space with a bohemian touch.

Istanbul is the center of Turkish glass making, a tradition that has materialised into one of the most beautiful Ottoman arts.

These lamps are made by artisans who have inherited the technique of hand-cut coloured glass, a skill that is centuries old in Turkey.

If you are traveling to Istanbul,  one of the best places to buy them is at the Grand Bazaar as they have a large variety of designs and colours. But if you are ready for a new, enjoyable experience, I recommend asking at the tourist office for Turkish lamp workshops, where they teach you how to make one.

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Hope you had enjoyed these Istanbul-inspired Interior Décor and Design Ideas. With so many options to choose from, you can easily add a splash of Ottoman influence to your home without breaking the bank or completely changing your interiors. It has modular influences, which means you can keep adding touches over the years to ensure your home continues to evolve alongside your travels.

Please share your ideas and suggestions in the comments box below. I would love to hear from you.

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Three talented global designers you need to know more about

Discover the most inspiring Nomadic Bohemian upholsterers who can transform any room with only one boho-chic piece.

Pre-loved, post-loved, recycled, upcycled – giving a new lease of life to old furniture with unexpected vintage textiles from all over the globe.
If you’re looking to add character and bring personality with cultural influences to your living room, then this post is for you. Update your space with my favourite interior trick: a statement chair.

I decided my first post on the blog had to reflect how Design Junkie began on Instagram in 2015, sharing the most beautiful re-upholstered chairs as a hobby. During one year, I collected photos of furniture that had the power to awaken my senses. Later in 2016, Design Junkie was born as a brand, supporting weavers from around the world.

I love to give second chances to old furniture with global textiles which celebrate the originality of each ancestral embroidery technique. Hopefully you are in the same boat as me – always curious and open to explore new and exotic fabrics.

An audacious combination of materials clashing between modern and ancient is ‘my version of perfection’. It’s all about creating new experiences, reviving old beautiful memories and indulging in diverse and cultural historical stories.

Have you heard of Beirut-based Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri? This talented designer couple founded the brand Bokja Design in 2000.

The highly creative Lebanese duo are famous for their unique pieces of handcrafted furniture with vibrant designs full of unusual details, hidden messages and, most importantly, intertwined with positive energy which fills any room they exhibit.

They collect old textiles and use them to cover furniture that is transformed in a piece of art. Every product is made by hand with meticulous attention and love for detail.

They create a distinct aesthetic that seeks to surprise while staying true to their design philosophy. They take pride in the past but also have roots in the present. Each piece tells a story that resonates in the contemporary world.

They react to events happening around them and the world and interpret the stories in their own voice.
Instagram @bokjadesign

I discovered Birbor 3 years ago. I love their unique style, their stunning furniture caught my eye. BirBor is a celebration of an Asian and Eastern European way of life translated into furniture.


The collections of the Moscow-based furniture brand comprise of restored vintage pieces that have been upholstered with the intricacy of hand embroidered ethnic textiles as well as traditional and modern fabrics. The final production takes place in Russia but all the details are sourced from all other the world creating a unique and distinctive piece.

Victoria Marinina and her team restore and re-upholster each vintage piece with exotic centuries-old hand-worked fabric from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan that tell unique stories from the fabled Silk Road.
Each piece makes a bold style statement and instantly adds colour and character to any living room.

Pure eye-candy!
Instagram @birbor

Merijam Roelofs is the founder and creator of Folk Project, iconic one-of-a-kind boho-chic pieces of furniture, bags and home accessories.

Folk Project, inspired by the color and pattern play of indigenous cultures and costumes from Guatemala and Mexico, uses a raw material known as the Huipil, which is an essential piece of the Central American traditional costume.


Her work focuses on these ancient textiles sourced mainly from Guatemala and Mexico. Her goal on these trips is to purchase vintage huipiles, the traditional blouse that Mayan woman wear, and their cortes, or skirt.

Merijam saysThrough Folk Project’s creations, we aim to highlight the creative work of the indigenous woman who often remains invisible to modern society. By using huipil in the world of modern living, we hope to showcase their craft on a global platform and give them the acknowledgement they deserve.”
Instagram @folkproject

What do you think? Would you put a statement chair in your house? Please share ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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