by Scarlett Lovitt
Aboriginal art and decor adds an ethnic look with bold colors, representations of nature and evocations of exotic lore!.
With trends moving toward decorating from your roots, homeowners of Aboriginal descent may be looking at ways to dress out their hometo reflect their ancestry; however, one does not have to be Aborigine to appreciate the beautiful styling of the artwork, ceramics and fabrics, nor does one have to spend a lot of money to obtain the look.
A few well-chosen pieces for the walls, floor and furnishings can turn your home into a native Australian oasis, no matter where you happen to live.
Cover your walls with art. Aboriginal art is not only beautiful, it is filled with symbolism and much of it tells a story. If you are the completedo-it-yourselfer, you can even mimic the look and paint it yourself.
Start with a neutral or warm color on your walls and make a statement with the bold art colors in paintings or prints of various sizes. You can even buy decorated boomerangs as artwork. Three or four small boomerangs make a nice group and a large painted boomerang makes a great center on one wall.
Recover your furniture with Aboriginal fabrics. Fabrics come in prints from original paintings, patterns that include art on stones, animals, and warm, earthy blended colors. If recovering is too time-consuming, add some pillows and throws to your couch and chairs.
Just remember that too much of a good thing is not good when it comes to decorating. The more furniture you have, the more important it is to alternate between prints and solid colors that complement each other.
The same principle applies to the floors. Decorate wood, laminate, tile, or concrete floors with area rugs. Printed rugs, when interspersed with yellow and red area rugs, are beautiful for large rooms or open living spaces.
Feeling more creative? Buy natural bamboo area rugs and decorate each with your own aboriginal-inspired theme. If you have carpeted floors, you can still use rugs in front of furniture, as runners from the doors and down hallways, or as a decorative “island” upon which to center your coffee table.
Add art and function to your end tables, kitchen and dining area with sculptures, decorative bowls, spoons, and trinket boxes. You might try tossing a few carved boab nuts into wooden bowls, placing vases decorated with aboriginal art in two or three different rooms, and providing family and guests with painted coasters for their beverages.
A hand-painted emu egg will make a nice centerpiece for the dining room table and carved emu callers displayed on shelves or stands make for good conversation pieces.
The variety of aboriginal décor extends to kitchen decorations, tile, and utensils. Hand-painted ceramic bowls, plates and mugs not only serve a function, but can add an eye-dazzling touch when displayed in open cabinets or behind glass doors. Tie up the look with a printed oval rug and decorated window shades.
Whether you are remodeling or looking for a way to change your interior décor with just a few pieces, the beautiful aboriginal look is not only easy, but fun to create!