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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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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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Add a Mexican flair to your home

As a Latino living in northern Europe, I long for the balmy, tropical nights of Central and South America, spending hours on the veranda with friends and family, soaking in an atmosphere full of laughter and good times. So whenever we experience a mini-heatwave in the UK, I reminisce about the good times, which also makes me think of the bright, vibrant and bold colours we love so much in Latin America.

Take Mexico – its buildings, paintings and decorations evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy usually associated with warm, summery temperatures and vast tropical coastlines.

Inspired by the biggest country in Central America, I’ve come up with six ideas to add Mexican touches to your interiors to fill your home with joy and alegría.

1- Be daring and paint a wall with bright colours such as yellow, fuchsia, orange or colder shades such as blue or green.

Bright colours add light and vitality to any room. It’s not necessary to paint an entire living room with a vivid colour, but a corner or a small wall.

Mexico unsurprisingly ranks second (after Costa Rica) on the 140-country Happy Planet Index, so the use of colours reflects their festive and playful nature.

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2- Give prominence and personality to your floors with hand-painted mosaic tiles from Talavera, Puebla.

During colonial times of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish brought their knowledge of pottery and tile making to Mexico. The country has since embraced this tradition thanks to the abundance of quality clay and its knack of producing quality earthenware.

Infuse the spirit of Mexico with highly detailed patterns and brightly coloured tiles if you want to add character to your home.

An eye-catching accent in kitchens and baths, decorative ceramic tiles are also perfect for covering the risers on a staircase or the walls of a patio. Leftover tiles can also make excellent coasters and trivets.

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3- Incorporate objects made of colourful ceramic to create a more original and fun decoration.

Ceramics are an important part of Mexican culture, its intricate hand-painted designs with striking patterns most often associated with flowers are a great addition to any home decoration.

The plants look more appealing if you use pots of vivid colours.

Bowls, plates and kitchen utensils can double up as decorative elements as well as practical crockery – they all have a place in the kitchen.

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4- Generate a warm feeling with the colourful embroidered textiles and Aztec rugs.

There are many indigenous communities that have maintained their textile traditions, from cultivating plants to produce yarns and textiles to the most delicate and intricate embroidery which come from the dense vegetation of certain parts of Mexico.  They often incorporate large flowers and animals as a central part of the embroidery. Again the colour is very important, bright and cheerful tones make family life even more cozy and homely.

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5- Decorate your walls with many small pieces and ornamented frames.

The textures within the Mexican style also incorporate ornaments with nationalist and religious motifs. Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion in Mexico, which has the second-largest Catholic population in the world.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away, and help support their spiritual journey. A common symbol of the holiday is the skull which is often represented through masks.

To reflect the folk style, use boxes housed with Virgin Marys (hand-hammered tin art), decorative crosses, sacred heart nichos with wings, a painting of Frida and other shiny and glittery ornaments on the wall.

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6- Decorate your table or corners with colourful plants and beautiful cactus.

Mexico is famously described as a land of deserts and cacti.

Found almost everywhere throughout the country, from Sonora in the north to inland Oaxaca in the south, the cactus has become an enduring symbol of the country’s reputation abroad.

The cactus comes in many hundreds of varieties, but common to all are their resilience to the intolerable desert sun and torrential rain, their gorgeous orange, red, fuchsia and yellow blooms. The agave cactus is also the foundation of that most famous Mexican drink, Tequila.


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Keen to use some of these vibrant ideas into your home?

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