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.

Balinese bedroom design (Image courtesy of Taschen's "Living in Bali" book by Anita Lococo.)

Simple yet beautiful Balinese bathroom design. (Image courtesy of Taschen's "Living in Bali" by Anita Lococo)

Balinese villa design. (Image courtesy of

Balinese style outdoor living area. (Image courtesy of

Balinese flowers collected in a bowl adorn the steps to this small shop in Ubud.

Sculptures and statues for sale in Ubud, Bali.


To achieve a Balinese look of your own, follow some of these basic design guidelines:

Bedroom Design for a True-Blue Balinese Interior. (Image property of TLC Design & Decor at

  1. TEXTURE – Incorporate natural finishes like wood, bamboo, stone, cotton and linen to stimulate the sense of touch.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Pink Ikat pillows will add a contemporary flare to a Balinese-inspired interior. (Image courtesy of ginette1223 on

Love these Ikat and Batik poufs - perfect pop of colour and Balinese infusion to your space. ((Image courtesy of ginette1223 on

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.

Design Sources: Style by North, Indonesia Teak Furniture, Eco by Design, Stinson Studio, Madeline Weinrib, The Bali Warehouse, Coco CozyStudio Jota,

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  1. Balinese culture and it’s design seem so peaceful and serene. Each room is like a mini-spa and very relaxing. Need to bring some of that feeling into my next project.

  2. Those Ikat pillows are amazing! I am saving that Etsy seller as a favourite. And I really like that Ikat pendant lamp on your mood board!

  3. The outdoor living space beckons for someone to ‘peel me another grape’ and the bathroom in it’s simplicity….to die for. And those Ikat fabrics…. Adding to my bucket list… Where do i sign up!

  4. This is such an inspiring post! I love Bali and Balinese Style. Your mood board is fab! Makes me want to re-do my house. I am ordering some of those pillows! What a good find!

  5. Marisa – it’s easier to incorporate a Balinese ambiance than you might think :) I’m glad you like the style and want it for your own space. It’s one of my favourite design styles too!

  6. Glad you find the images of Balinese interiors so enchanting, Maureen. I feel the same way!

  7. Thanks for the compliment on the mood board, Kristen – means a lot coming from you! Those Ikat pillows are stunning, glad you’re a fan.

  8. Shannon – isn’t that Ikat pendant AWESOME? I love how it introduces Balinese style but in a very contemporary and subtle way. And yes, I’ve been a fan of that Etsy seller for a while, I’ve posted about their ikat fabrics in the past – still one of my favourites!

  9. Oh the Gods of Bali work in mysterious ways. I have a client on Etsy who just bought some of my Bali fotos to decorate the master bedroom of her new home in South Lake Tahoe. “Bali retreat” is her design inspiration. I’d written her a note suggesting she might enjoy Passport to Design and draw some salient inpiration from it. I just popped over to copy the link and what do I find? This post very much on topic. Perfect! Namaste!

  10. Timing is everything, Robyn :) Thanks for checking back in and thanks for sending your client to Passport To Design too! You know me, I try very hard to post on a variety of topics and destinations, but my heart still belongs to Bali – I just can’t keep away!

  11. dr. emma amores |

    i love bali-inspired designs especially for my bathroom because it’s so relaxing and cool…i plan to incorporate some of it in my living room

  12. Thumbs up! This is just what I need for my project! ^_^

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