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6 Instagram Interiors Making the Case for Arabesque Patterns

6 Instagram Interiors Making the Case for Arabesque Patterns

Perfect for bohemian maximalists and minimalist design lovers alike.

Written by –
Jess Ng
on June 24th 2017
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Characterized by bright bold colors and striking geometric shapes, arabesque patterns are the perfect way to introduce warmth and vibrancy to your home. Best of all, whether you’re a bohemian maximalist, a minimalist design lover, or anything in between, they are surprisingly versatile and can be incorporated into almost any design aesthetic, as proven by the following Instagram round up. Enjoy!

Tiles on Tiles

The classic way to introduce arabesque patterns into an interior is, of course, through the quintessential mosaic tile. I love this Moroccan-inspired version featured by Jess of Franklin Designs. The Mediterranean blue mixed with the muted grays, greens and navy pair well with the surrounding industrial concrete and solid wood stool, offering a contemporary take on the trend. I think this would be perfect as a splashback in a kitchen with complementary stainless steel accents and whitewashed cabinet hardware.

Sticking with mosaic tiles, New York-based interior designer, Young Huh, shows how a minimalist can take on arabesque patterns. The key here is to use a monochromatic version so as not to disrupt the overall simplicity of a minimal aesthetic. What’s more, although this may seem counter intuitive to the minimalist mindset, don’t be afraid to go big with your accent tile. As Young Huh herself suggests, too little will make it get lost on a wall, completely defeating the point of incorporating the pattern in the first place.

Statement Wallpaper

On the other end of the interior design scale, Esther Ben-Hamu delights with a no holds barred, riot of color inspired interpretation of the arabesque pattern. Here, the pattern is given a lively Latino influenced update with the use of vivid orange, brilliant magenta and pretty pinks. The extensive use of the bold pattern and strong color in this room really help to bring dynamism and personality to the space. I like how the drama is balanced by simple, solid colored furnishings, ensuring that the interior remains chic and visually streamlined.

Smaller Furnishings

Walls are not the only way to make a statement with arabesque patterns – did you know that they can also be incorporated into smaller furnishings? Jamie Sallmén leads the way with these cute printed plant pots. Stay true to the Middle Eastern theme by using the pots to house succulents – by far the easiest plants to care for (perfect for those of us missing green thumbs).

Another way for the commitment-phobe to embrace arabesque patterns is through an intricate hanging light fixture, a la Leanne Ford. The burnished bronze stands in striking contrast to the white on white theme and au naturale wooden accents. The result is an elegant entryway befitting of a contemporary 21st century home.

One of my favorite arabesque pattern-inspired Instagram finds is this exquisite marble and porcelain sink. The delicate pattern offers an unexpected counterpoint to the thick marble. I love the idea of featuring this sink in an all-white minimalist bathroom – what a nice surprise for guests to uncover when washing their hands!


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