When I meet with clients, I try to learn as much about them as possible: their lifestyle, personality and tastes. That’s because I believe their home should reflect who they are and where they came from. I love using my clients’ culture as an inspiration for my design. When I incorporate culture into my design plan for their home, it becomes part of their daily life in a very visible and important way.

In this article, I share tips on how to incorporate culture into home design to create a special and meaningful experience, both for the residents themselves and for their friends and family who come to visit.

Reflect Your Cultural Roots
Be proud of your ethnic heritage and use it as inspiration for your design plan in a way that shines a light on your past and present. Create an environment that reminds you of your ancestral home, no matter how far away it is, as well as one that reflects how you live today.

Each time you walk through the front door, you will feel connected to your roots. Your décor will also help your visitors understand your world and where you are coming from.

Religion is the foundation of many different cultures and can have a powerful effect on how you choose to design your home. Regardless of your faith or whether you embrace organized religion or not, incorporating religious elements into your home is a way to make a statement about your beliefs.

Religious Symbols

If it is important to you to incorporate your religion into your home décor, you can accomplish your goal by displaying religious symbols, perhaps a statue, or artifacts.

Religious Icons

While religious symbols can be somewhat abstract, a religious icon is a literal or visual interpretation of what it represents. Religious iconography has long been an element of interior design. It goes back to the 4th century, when churches were decorated with icons to illustrate worshippers’ beliefs. Go ahead and add meaningful statues or artwork.

Adopted Culture
You may not feel connected to a particular cultural heritage but have been influenced by your travels. Or your culture may be simply a collection of places where your ancestors once lived. If you identify with a place you visited and want to showcase your adopted heritage, it’s easy to do. Display photographs, mementos and objects your acquired in your travels to display at home as a reminder of culture that is important to you.

How to Add Cultural Elements to your Interior Décor
Your culture is a big part of who you are. You can be reminded every day when you incorporate cultural elements to your living space. Don’t forget that interior design trends may come and go, but interior design inspired by your culture will never go out of style!

Be proud to display your ethnic culture. It’s easy to do with art, furniture, accessories and even scents. Here are a few of my favorite tips:


Be liberal with your use of decorative materials that are linked to your cultural background. Use carpets, rugs, tapestries, wall hangings, blankets and throw pillows with colors, textures and patterns that reflect your ancestry. Use of Color

Your choice of colors is as important as the materials you select. Every culture has its own unique color palette, whether it’s the bright reds, oranges and yellows of South American cultures or the neutrals preferred by the Japanese.

Heritage Furniture

You might own valued furnishings that have been handed down to you by your ancestors. If not, don’t be afraid to ask family members if they would like to pass along furnishings that are collecting dust to add a touch of cherished family history. Otherwise, shop antique and second-hand shops for pieces that reflect your heritage.


Artwork, and wall art in particular, is a great way to reflect your personality as well as your culture. From paintings to photos of family or a specific location, use art to proudly put your heritage on display.


A whiff of something that reminds you of your past or your heritage can be very moving. Look for candles, incense or mixtures for your scent infuser that evoke a trip down memory lane.

Conclusion Don’t feel as if you have to redecorate or transform your home instantly in order to incorporate cultural elements into your home. You can add furniture and accessories one at a time as you acquire them during travels, shopping trips or as gifts.

New help with creating a new look for your home? Feel free to give me a call.

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