True-Blue Balinese Inspired Bedroom
It’s no surprise
to my readers that I love everything Balinese – especially Balinese design.
A deep appreciation for art, culture and music floats through the stone and gravel-paved streets in the lush region of Bali, Indonesia. Art galleries are everywhere you rest your gaze amidst the ancient trees, terraced rice paddy fields and breath-taking Balinese-Hindu architectural monuments.
Bali is one of Indonesia’s thirty three provinces that is located between the energetic province of Java and the beach-chic province of Lombok that draws a heavy tourist crowd due to its highly spiritual appreciation for life, art and nature. The unique Balinese-Hindu religion informs most of the design aesthetic leaving even the most basic of structures oozing with texture, natural finishes and elegance.
GET THAT LOOK:
To achieve a Balinese look of your own, follow some of these basic design guidelines:
- TEXTURE – Incorporate natural finishes like wood, bamboo, stone, cotton and linen to stimulate the sense of touch.
- COLOUR – Go easy on the colour in a Balinese-inspired space. Keep the majority of surfaces and finishes neutral, and instead add subtle pops of colour through the use of art and/or throw cushions with characteristic Balinese Ikat or Batik patterning.
- FURNITURE– Opt for a couple of larger pieces of furniture (instead of many smaller pieces) to keep the space open and airy. Mix and match a combination of ornately carved pieces with simple pieces to add variety and texture.
- ACCESSORIES – Less is more. Invest in larger accessories and/or pieces of art that make a statement but won’t add clutter. Most Balinese art has a spiritual undertone, so feel free to incorporate stone statues of beautiful goddesses or Buddhas seated in meditation.
- LIGHTING – Soft, ambient lighting is characteristic of Balinese interiors. Use table (or floor) lamps to add a layered lighting effect. Keep fixtures looking natural, rustic and simple – stay away from harsh finishes like shiny metal or lacquered enamel.
The sample board above shows an example of a more contemporary Balinese interior because of the Creamy Vanilla and Soft Blue colour scheme. Traditionally, Balinese interiors exhibit textiles with earthy accent colours that were achieved through natural dyes, like the golden yellow you get from ochre, or spicy orange you get from saffron, or even the rich burgundy you get from using rust, cinnamon or clay as dye.
You can put your own spin on a Balinese look by using some contemporary colours (like vibrant pink, bright yellow, navy blue, soft blue and emerald green) like I did in the sample board above. Just remember to keep the furnishings simple and stick to natural finishes and textures, and, voila! You can infuse an interesting colour palette into your space without sacrificing the Balinese look. Check out THIS POST for a glimpse of a modern interior that is infused with Balinese art and decor.