Make Your Home a Display of Your Cultural Roots

By Mercedes Colato Photos by Damacio Bernal & Mercedes Colato

When the work is all done and the errands are complete, there’s one destination that most people seek out and long for…home sweet home.

Home is a place of refuge, and for this reason it’s important that the space you inhabit is a reflection of your personality, taste, style and culture. It is the perfect place to reflect who you are and where you came from. For many of us who are far from our homeland, bringing culture into our home is one way to feel closer to our heritage.

One of the best ways to do this is to use our culture as an inspiration for interior design. Culture is an integral part of your family. When it’s incorporated into your home’s decor, it can become not only a place to relax and enjoy family and friends, but also a demonstration of what we value. Our home has the ability to tell a story about where we’ve been, where we’re going and what move us.

When your home cohesively incorporates your culture, it has a way of drawing others in and making them aware of what’s important to you. You may even inspire your guests to decorate their own homes to reflect their culture. What could be better than a world of originality where everyone shares their distinct cultural backgrounds with one another?

No matter what direction the interior design takes you, it should be a process that you enjoy and a way to display your culture and personality while making it beautifully yours.

Let your culture shine through colors and patters  
Color is so personal and it creates moods within us that inspire. When you use fabrics and accents from your country you can start with those color combinations as inspiration for your color scheme. Choose the colors that call you; try a combination of three colors or shades to add a pop. 

Display art pieces
Find unique ways to frame art or photos of culturally significant trips and trying to match their color with the overall design scheme. A mixture of paintings, photographs and sculptures collected over time and travels weaves a layered tapestry of one’s interests. The goal is to showcase pieces that are meaningful to you rather than simply choosing décor to fill wall space.

Add flowers and plants to every room
It seems like such a simple idea, but adding floral arrangements, live plants and natural items such as vases of shells or rocks can really add that final touch to your interior design. It’s always a good idea to use local flower farms and locally produced plants that are in season.

Create a space to relax and have fun
I’m a huge fan of merging things that are both practical and look great in my home. Having a space where you can practice or display your hobbies is also very important. If you are looking for ways to incorporate an interesting twist on your family room, consider a chalkboard wall. Pick a wall and grab some chalkboard paint from your local paint store. Clean and prep the wall and two coats are usually enough. Once the paint has dried for a full 24 hours, it is ready to be written on. A chalk wall will entertain the kids for hours and can beautifully display seasonal celebrations or special notes for your family members and guests.

Use antiques or vintage pieces in your home
Antiques can be unique pieces that have stood the test of time and have a story to tell. Family heirlooms or world travel souvenirs have a real value that will be appreciated throughout generations. 

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