Gypsy Decorating Ideas

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Lush colors, rich textures, and details such as beading, mirror insets, pom-pom trim, and metallic thread are hallmarks of gypsy decorating. It's a simple proposition to add new textiles to a room to give it a gypsy touch, or you can add furniture, fixtures, and accessories to transform your home into a gypsy retreat. Finish off the look by adding your own vintage pieces, decor projects, ethnic souvenirs, and art collection to make your space uniquely yours.

Features

  • A gypsy look borrows the boldest and most dazzling styles from around the world. A room may contain a Moroccan engraved coffee table, a mirror in a Mexican hammered tin frame, and a paper lantern from China. Vintage pieces can stand next to new pieces and handicrafts to create the look of an international boutique. One-of-a-kind artworks and crafts are ideal accents in gypsy decor.

Identification

  • There is no single gypsy look. You can identify gypsy decor by its inventive juxtapositions of color, texture, patterns, and images. A stack of vintage Indian saris makes a resplendent backdrop for paisley and floral floor cushions. Flea market finds, yard sale leftovers, junkyard gems, and attic treasures all have a place here. Try using a can of antique whitewash to brighten up a dark wood piece of furniture, and throw in dramatic poppy orange and fuchsia.

Function

  • A gypsy decor serves to add fun, humor, and color to an interior. It's an ideal spot for entertaining because every object is a conversation-starter. You might devote a wooden beam to an art gallery of thrift store paintings or repurpose an old desk drawer into a shadowbox niche by lining it with velvet and hammering it to a wall. The gypsy aesthetic is festive, so add strings of party lights on porches and in windows, and provide plenty of end tables, ottomans, and cocktail tables for happy hour umbrella drinks or a morning round of Turkish coffee.

Considerations

  • A gypsy decor is ideal for extending into outdoor spaces. Some people set a bamboo mat or sisal rug on a patio, place a fire pit nearby, and provide seating with floor cushions. Others might repurpose a vintage clawfoot tub or sink as a planter for an overgrown herb garden, or line the deck with rusty pails and cobalt-blue glass bottles holding wildflowers.

Warning

  • If the clash of patterns and brilliant colors gets overpowering, there are options for a modified gypsy aesthetic. Try an accent wall in mango-orange or lime-green, but keep furnishings rustic and simple. Dress a wall or floor with an ethnic textile that can serve as a room's focal point. Keep a bed frame and bedding simple, but float a sheer canopy or mosquito net overhead. You can create an invisible frame for the canopy by stringing fishing line between eye hooks set in the ceiling.

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