Your culture is your history and your present. It’s the guide to what makes you tick. Therefore, it’s only natural to want your home to reflect your personal heritage. However, adding elements of your culture to your home can be a little challenging. What’s too much? What’s too little? What about if your partners culture is different than yours – how do you incorporate that? To get an idea of where to start, consider these easy (well, sort of easy) ways to celebrate your culture with design!
Hire a Professional
Modern interior designers are often tasked with using culture to influence their design. Hiring a professional allows you to relax and still achieve your goal. However, don’t feel as though you need to hire someone who shares the exact same background as you. An artist doesn’t have to be from Africa to create amazing African-inspired designs. Make sure that you already have a few ideas in your head before you start talking to professionals. Really think about what you are trying to accomplish.
Certain fabrics, textures, and colors are associated with specific cultures. When you identify which ones are linked to your heritage, you can use the information to inform your own design choices. Color alone might be enough to achieve the look that you’re going for. African cultures are known for their love of bright, exuberant colors. Using the same hues in your home can increase your comfort and help celebrate your culture with design.
Use Ethnic Art
No matter where you are from and what your background is, there’s an artist trying to express that culture. If you are willing to search you can find the right pieces. And if you hire an interior designer, they may know of an artist who has or can capture what you’re looking for. However, art is also tricky. No one else can really give you advice about what to buy because taste is subjective. You’re the only person who knows what really appeals to your senses.
To make the most impact, try adding a statement piece to your living room. Your guests will notice it and it will make for an excellent conversation starter.
Explore the Outdoors
If you’re not sure about adding elements of your culture inside, then consider the great outdoors. Many societies have a close relationship with nature! If you’re a homeowner, there’s a ton of value in cultivating the outdoor space on your property. Always make sure you prioritize comfort when upgrading your outdoor space. Think big, cushy chairs and a strong grill. You want to be able to sit outside for hours if you want.
The best way to honor your culture is to learn about it. Start by researching the customs of your family by asking your loved ones questions. Trust me, they’ll be glad you asked! Then conduct a formal study online. Combing through your own memories might help as well. Once you’re very familiar with the norms of your heritage, you can come up with creative ways to highlight it. This will also make it easier to discuss what you want with a professional interior designer.
Celebrating your culture will you make you feel connected to your family and past in an amazing way. It’s a design feat that you’ll feel proud to have! Interested in learning more about design – check us out!