It’s difficult to go Oriental without going over the top. Good thing we have Janice Anderssen on hand to enlighten us.



How can I add an exotic theme to a plain room?
Sari fabric is a fabulous way to introduce splashes of vibrant colour into a room for a more exotic look. Just drape a couple of saris over a curtain rail, tie them back at the sides with brightly coloured sashes. A room fit for an Indian princess. You can also use saris for throws, on cushions, or as table runners.

Also, accessorise with items of bold fabrics and colourful trimmings. Embroidered details on fabrics in metallic silver and gold instantly give a unique, personal touch. Don't think garish, think brilliant colours and rich fabrics to transform any room into a chic and sophisticated space.

What colours should I use?
All the colours of the rainbow! Cerise pink, electric blue, bright yellow, grass green... anything goes and the more colour the better.

How much should I spend?
Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to break your budget to get wonderful decorative items. Choosing items at second-hand stores and flea markets can provide captivating items for a lot less.

And furniture?
Furniture? Who needs furniture! Grabs lots of luxurious cushions in silks and satins and position them around the room. Dhurries in rich colours, woven tapestries and rugs. This is comfort at its best.

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