Think quality craftsmanship, an ode to nature, and plenty of color.
There is no shortage of inspiration to be found in Bali. Its ancient temples and palaces, lush jungles, dreamy beaches, and terraced rice fields make it an island of incomparable beauty. We certainly wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay for good.
If living out your Eat, Pray, Love fantasy isn’t an option, however, redecorating your home in a Balinese style is the next best thing. Regardless of where you reside in your real life, there are ways to translate the island’s rejuvenating energy and laid-back surf culture into your interior design.
Bringing the essence of Bali into your home requires a blend of influences from nature and culture, and there are a few key elements to start with. First and foremost, there's greenery. Allowing the outdoors to harmonize with the indoors is the first essential step for channeling the serenity of a paradise like Bali.
If your climate allows, both exterior and interior spaces will need tropical foliage like ferns, palms, bamboo, and large banana or monstera leaves. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you may look into installing a living wall. On the other hand, if you’re already foreseeing a slim chance of survival for your future flora, opt for silk plants, art prints, or even wallpaper to recreate the burst of leafy greens without the risk of them fading quickly to brown.
The Indonesians are also known for incorporating natural materials into their furniture. Opt for a solid teak coffee table or a one-of-a-kind driftwood side table. These versatile pieces have the ability to feel classic or modern, depending on how you choose to style them.
The second key factor in recreating Balinese style is replicating the island's high regard for quality craftsmanship. Often, skillful art trades are passed down through generations, influenced strongly by their spirituality, be it Buddhism, Hinduism, animism, or other ancient indigenous beliefs. Look for meticulously crafted artisan wares, from carved wood furniture—like intricate doors, daybeds, buffets, and folding room dividers—to decorative pieces that add dimension and texture to a wall.
The final step to completing the Bali look is color—both literally, with pops of bright hues, and figuratively, with the addition of your personality. Among the neutrals of the greenery and wood, bold accent pieces, patterns, and prints feel grounded. Add small decorative details using the Balinese motifs of elephants, lanterns, Buddhas, and the striking beaded and tasseled umbrellas called tedungs, which have deep roots in Bali's religious festivals and ceremonies and have now become character pieces in many hotel lobbies, gardens, and homes.
To help you get started, here are a few of our picks to decorate a home inspired by the Island of the Gods.