Scandinavian Simplicity

The love affair with Scandinavian design began back in the ‘60s and has now lasted longer than most marriages. "Form follows function" is the guiding principle of the Swedish and Danish Modern styles. Free from purely decorative embellishments, this furniture is nonetheless smooth, sleek and sensual. Its characteristic reliance on blonde woods like birch and pine, itself a departure from the 19th-century European tradition of dark woods, adds a light and spacious feel to any room. Any drift toward the bland is offset by areas of bright colors and bold patterns in rugs, upholstery and artwork.

 French Country Classic

This does not mean that some of us in the Near East [particularly Lebanon] do not go still for the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV for their style. Those might also appreciate the French Country Classic designs and rustic interpretations. Far less formal than the décor at Versailles, the French Country style embraces woods in their natural state or lightly-stained, caned seats and backs, weathered iron and a sun-drenched Mediterranean palette.

Moroccan Magic

In the Gulf, Moroccan furniture conjures up its own exotic allure. Its rich cultural stew combines Moorish, Spanish, French and Arab influences. In Moroccan décor, color is key. Vibrant jewel tones range from intense crimson to shimmering gold, deep cabernet and luminescent emerald and turquoise, all set off against soft earth tones like terra cotta and sandstone. Geometric patterns, beading and embroidery illuminate fabrics and structural elements like carved trunks, traditional tea tables and colored glass lanterns can help transform your surroundings into your own personal oasis 

Asian Aesthetics

While there are many distinct Asian cultures, each with its own distinct decorative tradition, no elements of interior design have been as eagerly adopted as those of China. Between China and Japan, China’s is the most ornate. Bold colors like red (symbolizing good fortune), gold, green and black in glossy lacquers on furniture and furnishings, as well as intricate carving and metal work. While Japanese designs tend toward minimalism with an emphasis on space rather than clutter.

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