A Tribal Twist To Your Modern Interiors

file7161238197121Decorating with tribal prints and designs has become a trend in both the fashion world and the world of interior design. Our modern lifestyle can pose certain limitations on using an all original tribal approach to styling the interiors. Imagine rugged wooden furniture in place of your plush couch and you get a fair idea.

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort over fashion for great looking interiors. That is why using tribal inspired prints offer the easiest way to combine both modern and tribal elements together to give you the best of both worlds.

Here are a few simple tips on how you can add a tribal touch to your interiors.


file1721330617287As walls make up for a greater portion of your interior décor, that is the place you can experiment with the most. They can bring in the desired effect without altering your existing furniture or decorations.

An excellent way to vamp up you walls is to use tribal stencils. This can even be done yourself with some paint and readily available stencils. For a more customized look you can even make the stencils yourself with some transparent film. Arrows and animals are probably the easiest to do.

If you want it the real quick and easy way, then you can buy the various tribal decals that are readily available.


By using rugs with tribal motifs you can turn even a boring living room into a visual treat. Keep the prints to a minimum if your existing décor already has a lot of textures and patterns in it. Use ones with intricate patterns for an existing them that screams ‘plain’. Rugs with textured patterns will also work in this case.


African tribal cloth called the Kuba cloth or mud cloth has become quite popular in the recent times. This can be used on your furniture either as a cover or directly used as upholstery material.

If you do not want to change your upholstery, you can still add a tribal touch to your furniture with throw pillows or throws that have tribal patterns.

Monochromatic prints and patterns are quite common, although you can also try colorful prints like Aztec and Indian prints.


Curtains too can form a large portion of your interior décor and is a great place to incorporate tribal designs.

Geometric shapes and patterns can work to produce the desired effect, if finding curtains or drapes with tribal prints is difficult. There is always scope for a DIY approach where you can embroider simple motifs on to your existing drapery.

Wall art

Cloth can be such a versatile medium when it comes to interior decorations and tribal wall art. If you have a piece of tribal cloth or just any cloth with tribal patterns on it, you can simply use it on the wall as tapestry and achieve a tribal look.

You can experiment with patterns of the Zeng cloth of Vietnam or the good old boho style or Aztec style and see your room evoke visions of the people and the place associated with these designs.


It doesn’t have to always be your living area that gets the maximum attention when it comes to interior design. Bedrooms are where you unwind at the end of the day and so they can get a dose of tribal décor too.

Cuddle into your bed with blankets that are adorned with tribal prints. They are a great way to up the design quotient of your bedroom. Comforters throw blankets and bed skirts are also great places to have those exquisite prints and patterns.

Lampshades are also an easy place to incorporate tribal designs and patterns. In fact, you can even make it a DIY project and paint some cute arrows or spear heads instead of an intricate pattern that can be difficult.

Tribal Is The New Modern In The World Of Interior Design

Your home is a place where you unwind at the end of the day and spend time with your family. It is very important that you feel positive at home and one of the ways to achieve it is by paying attention to its interior design.

Lifestyle magazines have conditioned our minds enough to think about expensive pieces of art when it comes to interior design. But it does not have to be that way. You can just incorporate a few elements here and there in a way that will blend with the existing décor to bring about a difference. A great and unique theme to add to your home would be tribal décor.

Tribal Décor

man-1595372_960_720What differentiates any modern piece of décor from tribal ones is that the latter gives you a more personal feel as they are handcrafted. They may not be perfectly cut or stitched and smoothened to a glossy finish like their machine-made counterparts. But they can have the most intricate designs that show the ingenuity of the tribes and are made using natural materials. They reflect the culture of the people and speak of their heritage.

How to incorporate Tribal décor?

The quickest way to achieve a tribal décor for your home is to incorporate tribal artifacts. Original and hand-crafted pieces can be expensive when they are bought outside their place of origin.

Planning a trip to Africa or Europe just to buy them directly from the ethnic groups may not be a feasible idea either. The easiest way for those who would love an affordable tribal theme for their home is to apply tribal inspired designs.

Below we give you a few interesting ideas to incorporate tribal elements in your home.

Tribal artifacts

Many online stores and fair trade stores will have authentic tribal artifacts sourced from various parts of the globe. Masks can be added to the walls to get an instant tribal effect. Curios like small wooden sculptures, musical instruments can become centerpieces on your table or mantelpiece.

Hand woven trinket boxes can be used on your home’s landing strip to store your keys and other essentials. Hand woven baskets and vases can adorn corners of your rooms. Wooden wind chimes and dream catchers made of feathers can make for interesting things to hand near your windows.

As mentioned before, authentic tribal artifacts can be pricey and may not be for everyone.

Fabric with tribal prints

An affordable tribal décor involves use to tribal prints on fabrics used for throw pillows, upholstery and drapes in your home. Even rugs sporting tribal prints can give you the look without having to invest on original items.

Popular prints and patterns that you can explore are the colourful Aztec prints of Mexico or the Ikat prints from India or the Japanese Shibori prints.

Paintings and photos

Paintings and photos are another way to bring in the tribal feel into your home’s décor. I am not even talking about those intricately done pieces of art. Simple paintings of arrows or human faces can do the trick. You can even try a DIY approach with paintings and you sure can print them on to glossy paper and frame them on your walls.

Wall color

A major portion of your home’s décor is made up by the walls. Earthy tones such as browns, black and wooden tones reflect the natural set up of the tribes. You can experiment with both plain colours or patterns which may be even available as wall paper.

Decals are another option to bring in a tribal style to your walls. These are so easy to use and are available in many online stores.