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Worldly Interiors

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In the research that happens here at Ni-Night into the world of kids furniture and décor it has become obvious to us that many countries have their own look in the home.  Décor, like fashion, really is a reflection of the times but also a reflection of culture and where you are on the map.

The French look to have a very bohemian approach to decorating, there are often inherited pieces mixed with contemporary styles and an eccentric approach to colour and pattern seems to be common.  This is also the case with English style although the remnants of country style, so prevalent in the 80's, seem to still be around and with so much housing located out from large urban centres, the influence is hard to ignore. 

It seems the Scandinavians have a more lighter approach and their white on white must come as a response to the long months of winter when dark descends in the middle of the afternoon.  They certainly win the awards for design cred and with a history of some of the world's most iconic furniture designers their homes always honor the scandi style. 

Around the globe to Asia and the Japanese have a pared back, utilitarian style that is instantly recognisable  - a place for everything and minimal fuss. Could this style have evolved in response to the urban density in Japan and with the proliferation of web sites dedicated to décor, how long this strong Asian aesthetic will remain is the question.  How families live without clutter amazes me and with stores like Muji stacked with storage solutions the answer seems to be to pack it all into Perspex boxes...

Australian style seems to also reflect eclectic tastes - homes are definitely looking less like the pages of sales catalogues with one style informing all furniture choices.  There is a growing trend to mix it up with styles and certainly providence of furniture.  Wallpaper and colour are growing in use and there is more often than not a strong connection to the outdoors.

This outdoor vibe is generally the main feature of local living too here in Singapore and with the climate here it makes more sense than Australia's outdoor obsession.  Tropical décor has a strong look and even from it's strong heritage in colonial style the modern version always blends comfort with functionality.  Combined with the influences of Chinese décor,  Singapore style is a hybrid look that is well suited to its environment.

Here are some links to rooms where style is really identifiable to a country - just take a look;

This post first appeared on Kids Furniture Blog- Ni-Night, please read the originial post: here

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