Bring Home A Piece Of Persia With These Five Tips
Persian décor has a charm that is timeless. It is a clear reflection of the culture of Iran. Whether you are an interior designer or a homeowner, there is a variety of patterns, textiles and colours to experiment with in Persian décor.
Iran has a long history with arts and handicrafts. From copper and ceramics to silk and pateh – Iranians aren’t afraid to mix the age-old home traditions with new. If you are in love with the culture as much as we are, you are in for a treat.
Let us take explore five handy tips to help you decorate your home the Persian way:
1) Colour palette
If you prefer contrasting colour schemes in your living space, then Persian décor is for you. Bright hues such as burnt orange, gold, cream, tan and yellow dominate a typical Iranian home.
If the walls or furniture pieces of your living room are in any of those colours, inject a spot of cerulean blue or chic crimson in the form of rugs or cushion covers to create a vivacious space.
A typical Iranian home is known for its earthiness. And it is simple to achieve the look with the use of these attractive colours. What are your thoughts?
2) Chandeliers and mirrors
Lighting is a significant element of Persian interior design. Since chandeliers define luxury, create a bold statement in your bedroom or living room with this light fixture. Place hanging lamps from the ceiling if you want something small yet attractive.
Similarly, mirrors are a stunning addition to the space. This décor accent is not just purposeful but also carries a strong sense of aesthetics. Plus, a mirror makes any room appear more spacious.
3) Exquisite rugs
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Iran? Persian rugs, of course! If you want your home to exude comfort and luxury just like Iranian homes do, then make sure you dress the floor of your bedroom up with a gorgeous, plush rug.
From lattice work patterns to mirrored sequins, a rug can add a Persian sparkle to your room. Besides this, you can play around with the fabrics of cushion covers and bed linen. Opt for patterned upholstery in cream, white and grey to add warmth to the space.
If you want to create a seating arrangement in your bedroom or home office, place a Persian leather ottoman or pouf, and pair it with a patterned throw in icy blue or ultra violet.
4) Traditional accents
Traditional Persian interior schemes are often luxurious, complete with intricately designed accents. The attention to detail found in Persian designs is not limited to walls, rugs or lighting, ceilings are often painted in elaborative decorative motifs from the Iranian culture.
You can indulge in a bit of DIY and outline the tiles of a room in those motifs, paint them and even use jewel-tone fabrics on them. Alternatively, you can also use wall stencils and paint to create interesting effects.
Persian décor is all about unprecedented flair and panache. You can decorate a space in multiple ways if you go the Persian way.
5) Sweet-smelling flowers
Flowers? Yes, flowers. Why use a room freshener to spread fragrance in your house when you can brighten up the space with sweet-smelling flowers? Iranian homes are often decorated with flora beauty such as daffodils, hyacinth – a major part of the traditional Nowruz table – and tuberose.
The best part is that the fragrance of these flowers intensifies at night! If you can’t find these beauties near your home, don’t fret. Make do with roses, lilacs, sweet peas and gardenia. The aim is to instill a natural fragrance in the house, and make every corner lighten up naturally.
Meet the face behind these interior designs
Did you love the photos used in this blog? We know we do! Meet Lena Spath, a first-time author and publisher, who was born in Munich, Germany. The 31-year-old is a global citizen and has lived in Spain, Turkey, and Iran.
Guess what? She is also an Instagram influencer who posts about Persian designs and her newly launched book which showcases Iran’s most beautiful private homes. It’s titled Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran.
With this book, she wants to challenge the narrative on Iran most media companies follow. This book is her way to bring the country and its people into the homes and the hands of more people. You can have a look at her book here.
Lena has an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from LMU Munich and has worked for consulting, recruiting, and Internet companies. She analyzed the presidential elections in Iran, Google’s advance into the television sector or the latest trends in bohemian interior design.
Lena cannot imagine a life without traveling; her idea for a perfect honeymoon is crossing Africa from north to south by car. Still, Iran will always be her greatest love.