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Timeless and cocooning, the ethnic chic style remains ever popular amongst fans of interior design, and with good reason -  it brings back all the best holiday memories and transports you to faraway places, without even needing to leave the house. With ethnic chic décor you can fly away to exotic countries, where local expertise and ancestral crafts are still held in highest regard. If you're keen to get into ethnic chic décor, look no further than this guide: Artsper is going back to the basics of this super cool style to suggest a range of artworks that will complement it best.

If we had to describe ethnic chic in one word, there's no doubt what that word would be: warm.  

Colour is high on the agenda with this style of interior, but as much as possible try to stick to earthy tones like ochres, oranges, browns, beiges, reds, or any colour that makes you think of places bathed in sunlight all year round. As a general rule it's best to emphasise warm colours, with brighter highlights to bring striking touches of boldness to the final look. Avoid greens where possible, as this tends to create a tropical effect, which is not what you're after.


For your materials, focus on natural substances to align with the authenticity of ethnic chic: raw wood, plenty of light coloured wood, wicker, macramé…

Don't hesitate to give each room its own character using original furnishings you may have found on your travels. Perhaps a big wooden table where you can host all your friends and family; or a rocking chair that gives the living room or the entrance hall a soulful feel; maybe a sculpted wooden bed head with a touch of mystery, that brings good dreams…

Smaller decorative objects are also a must: mirrors, candlesticks, lanterns, an African mask, a Buddha statue for a touch of zen, wall hangings…

On the ground, there must be at least a sheepskin or geometric paintings rug in the Berber style, for an instant exotic touch. Floor cushions are also a great way to introduce some colour into the living room.

Don't forget that within ethnic chic, there is, crucially, the word 'chic'. And what is 'chic' is often also 'stripped back', so resist the urge to do too much. To avoid falling into the trap of clutter and bad taste, use a few well designed touches – like works of art. Decorate your walls with Rafiy Okefolahan's canvases, whose natural pigments will sit in perfect harmony with the style.

Interested in aboriginal tribes? Discover the works of their descendants, like Helen Reed Nungarrayi or Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri. If you prefer South America, embark on a sensory voyage with the tapestries of Eustacia Antonio Mendoza and the works of Manuel Cruz Prudencio.

To fill the space, why not opt for an original sculpture with exotic curves and themes? Marianne Cresson's use of tapestry is pioneering in the art world; she creates works with found objects that she repurposes and covers in coloured fabrics, with magnificent results.

You now know all the key ideas of ethnic chic, so what are you waiting for? Get designing…

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François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

Éolie No. 20, 2017
36.2 x 18.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,700

Said Ouarzaz, Amal, Painting

Said Ouarzaz

Amal, 2009
70.9 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 6,660

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Totem Bleu Majorele, Sculpture

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Totem Bleu Majorele, 2018
23.6 x 2 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 444

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail, Jeune fille Maasai profil, Photography

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail

Jeune fille Maasai profil, 2010
48.8 x 32.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,184

Ilana Gal, Untitled #468, Painting

Ilana Gal

Untitled #468, 2020
59.1 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$ 6,043

Our recommendations Ningie Nangala, Yooloo, Painting

Ningie Nangala

Yooloo, 2003
31.5 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,727

Subhash Vyam, The flying lyon, Painting

Subhash Vyam

The flying lyon, 2014
11 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 345

Tom Dixon, Harley Davison en osier, Sculpture

Tom Dixon

Harley Davison en osier, 2000
46.1 x 70.9 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 6,043

Zoola Moofoo, The Lady Bug, Sculpture

Zoola Moofoo

The Lady Bug, 2015
35.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,578

Brankica Zilovic, New scalp 01, Sculpture

Brankica Zilovic

New scalp 01, 2014
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,850

Anand Shyam, Arbre sacré, Painting

Anand Shyam

Arbre sacré, 2012
35.4 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 802

Mata7ik, Roarockit 3.0, Drawing

Mata7ik

Roarockit 3.0, 2017
10.6 x 16.5 x 9.8 inch
Drawing

$ 1,850

Mark Hopkins, The main thing, Sculpture

Mark Hopkins

The main thing, 2016
39.4 x 28.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,180

Venkat Singh Shyam, Déesses de la mer, Painting

Venkat Singh Shyam

Déesses de la mer, 2000
29.5 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,220

Anil Vangad, Abondance, Painting

Anil Vangad

Abondance, 2016
37 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 925

Abdullah Murad, Untitled 19, Painting

Abdullah Murad

Untitled 19, 2016
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$ 3,300

Our recommendations Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Adam Gibbs Tjapaltjarri

Sans titre, 2010
15 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,480

Mangala Bai Maravi, Le tatouage des femmes Baiga par les femmes Badna Gond - Corps, Painting

Mangala Bai Maravi

Le tatouage des femmes Baiga par les femmes Badna Gond - Corps, 2014
16.1 x 12.2 inch
Painting

$ 185

Bhajju Shyam, Hommage à Jangarh ou Golden Birds, Painting

Bhajju Shyam

Hommage à Jangarh ou Golden Birds, 2014
47.2 x 64.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,550

Shantaram Tumbada, L'arche de Noé, légende Warli, Painting

Shantaram Tumbada

L'arche de Noé, légende Warli, 2014
35.4 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,467

Reena Umbersad Valvi, Le banyan et les sanwars, Painting

Reena Umbersad Valvi

Le banyan et les sanwars, 2016
33.9 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 925

Tarek, Skull orange, Painting

Tarek

Skull orange, 2016
11.2 x 9.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 358

Rafiy Okefolahan, Kmkz 2 Aido Wedo, Painting

Rafiy Okefolahan

Kmkz 2 Aido Wedo, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 5,131

Rafiy Okefolahan, Kmkz Kpayo, Painting

Rafiy Okefolahan

Kmkz Kpayo, 2016
59.1 x 74.8 inch
Painting

$ 11,223

Our recommendations John Kenny, Assile, Photography

John Kenny

Assile, 2009
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 4,872

John Kenny, At the edge of the Jade Sea, Photography

John Kenny

At the edge of the Jade Sea, 2010
26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,278

Sylvie Guyomard, Orogenèse VI (SG122), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Orogenèse VI (SG122), 2018
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,453

Julien Colombier, Golden Flowers 2, Print

Julien Colombier

Golden Flowers 2, 2017
51.2 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 703

Baptiste Laurent, Carpet 4, Exit serie 2018-2019, Painting

Baptiste Laurent

Carpet 4, Exit serie 2018-2019, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 inch
Painting

$ 2,713

Shu Takahashi, Orange Curiosity, Print

Shu Takahashi

Orange Curiosity, 1973
22.4 x 30.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 802

Landry Clément, Golden Arrow III (LC16), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Golden Arrow III (LC16), 2017
41.7 x 8.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,220

Landry Clément, Comete MM (LC18), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Comete MM (LC18), 2018
31.1 x 31.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,207

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail, Pied bébé Maasai, Photography

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail

Pied bébé Maasai, 2013
32.7 x 48.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,184

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail, Jeune maman et bébé Maasai, Photography

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail

Jeune maman et bébé Maasai, 2010
32.7 x 48.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,184

Angela Morris-Winmill, All Gold Water Buffalo Skull, Print, Print

Angela Morris-Winmill

All Gold Water Buffalo Skull, Print, 2019
20 x 20 x 1 inch
Print

$ 303

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail, Femme Maasai de dos, Photography

Marie-Anne et Thierry Camail

Femme Maasai de dos, 2010
48.8 x 32.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,184

Japani Shyam, La serre ou l'arbre sacré, Painting

Japani Shyam

La serre ou l'arbre sacré, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,850

Mireille Guérin, Architecture, Sculpture

Mireille Guérin

Architecture, 2016
11.8 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 925

Anthony Barboza, Tribal 1, Photography

Anthony Barboza

Tribal 1, 2002
35.4 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$ 3,083

Mireille Guérin, Passage, Sculpture

Mireille Guérin

Passage, 2012
51.2 x 45.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 6,043

René-François Grégogna, Bacchus, Sculpture

René-François Grégogna

Bacchus, 1997
11 x 11 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,110

Mireille Guérin, L'Obscurité, Sculpture

Mireille Guérin

L'Obscurité, 2012
78.7 x 53.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,646

Marianne Cresson, Série Branche n°2, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Série Branche n°2, 2017
82.7 x 15.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 802

Mata7ik, Tribala7ik Deep Blue, Sculpture

Mata7ik

Tribala7ik Deep Blue, 2015
29.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 370

Geraldine Granites Napangardi, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, Painting

Geraldine Granites Napangardi

Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 2011
48 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,172

Fawzi Brachemi, Yoni, Painting

Fawzi Brachemi

Yoni, 2014
31.9 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,169

Seyed Asadollah Shariatpanahi, Enthusiasm, Painting

Seyed Asadollah Shariatpanahi

Enthusiasm, 2012
55.1 x 78.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 22,199

Victor Valera, Lanzador de Dardos, Sculpture

Victor Valera

Lanzador de Dardos, 1962
47.6 x 15.6 x 16.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 65,000

Babajide Olatunji, Tribal Marks Series III #33, Painting

Babajide Olatunji

Tribal Marks Series III #33, 2018
29.9 x 42.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 8,073

Tarek, Tribe 2, Drawing

Tarek

Tribe 2, 2017
5.9 x 8.3 inch
Drawing

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Julien Colombier, Flash Balls, Painting

Julien Colombier

Flash Balls, 2015
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Painting

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Rafal Gadowski, Figs 03, Painting

Rafal Gadowski

Figs 03, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Renk, Série papier pola #2, Painting

Renk

Série papier pola #2, 2015
25.6 x 13.8 inch
Painting

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Marc Sinkiewicz, Lamdo (Coton en langue Mooré), Sculpture

Marc Sinkiewicz

Lamdo (Coton en langue Mooré), 2010
63 x 8.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

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Jacques Darbaud, Dinka, Sculpture

Jacques Darbaud

Dinka, 2012
14.6 x 8.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

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Pauline Napangardi Gallagher, Mina Mina, Painting

Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

Mina Mina, 2014
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Painting

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Marianne Cresson, Série Branche n°4, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Série Branche n°4, 2017
56.7 x 19.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

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Than Kyaw Htay, Landscape 1, Painting

Than Kyaw Htay

Landscape 1, 2017
29.5 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Geraldine Granites Napangardi, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa, Painting

Geraldine Granites Napangardi

Ngalyipi Jukurrpa, 2015
24 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Mangala Bai Maravi, Le tatouage des femmes Baiga par les femmes Badna Gond - jambes, Painting

Mangala Bai Maravi

Le tatouage des femmes Baiga par les femmes Badna Gond - jambes, 2014
16.1 x 12.2 inch
Painting

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