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Turkish style is warm and inviting, earthy and exotic. There is an abundance of warm earth tones with pops of beautiful color. lots of patterns and texture and there is a slightly more rustic feel. It is simple, soft and relaxing.

Turkey has ancient roots. The colors and textures of the land has inspired much of the art, colors and culture. Turkish elements are often used in Bohemian inspired designs.

Turkish style showcases Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles and modern and classical motifs. 

Byzantine architecture had lots of exotic, sensual domes and  mosaics, that are graceful and filled with light. It is ornate, vibrant and rich in detail, warm and sensual. It often blends soft whites with rich colors.

If you love feeding and entertaining guests, this might be the style for you, as this is very important in Turkish culture and reflected in their designs.


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Turkey is known for their Kilim rugs and decorative coffee sets.


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Turkish style is an example of global style Interior Design. Global Style Interior Design is all about telling the story of your life and adventures through your decor. Each piece has a story and becomes a conversation starter.  Treasures, old and new are displayed from various parts of the world and layered in a rich tapestry of color, texture, art and history.

Colors of Turkey

Here are some of the varied colors used in Turkish design.   

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  1. Warm and Earthy Tones: Terra cotta, burnt orange, and deep browns, reminiscent of the country’s landscapes and architecture.
  2. Jewel Tones: Sapphire blues, emerald greens, and ruby reds, drawing inspiration from the vibrant bazaars and royal history.
  3. Mediterranean Blues: Aqua, turquoise, and teal, reflecting the hues of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.
  4. Soft Neutrals: Creams, beiges, and soft grays often serve as base colors, providing balance to the vibrant hues.

Design Elements- The Art of Turkish Style

Here are some of the design elements Turkey is known for.

  1. Iznik Tiles: These are highly decorative ceramic tiles, with intricate designs often featuring tulips, roses, pomegranates, and hyacinths in bright blues, reds, and greens.

  2. Architectural Details: Arched doorways, domed ceilings, and detailed cornices reflect the influence of both Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles.

  3. Textiles: Turkish design boasts a rich tradition of textiles, from thick kilims and dhurries to ornate silks and brocades. The patterns often include geometric shapes, stylized nature motifs, and medallions.

  4. Turkish Rugs: World-renowned for their quality and craftsmanship, they come in a vast array of patterns, colors, and styles.

  5. Ottoman-Style Seating: Low sofas or divans, often without legs, placed around a room’s perimeter, accompanied by low wooden tables and floor cushions.

  6. Lanterns: Turkish lanterns or “mosaic lamps” are often made of colored glass set in metal, casting warm, colored light.

  7. Copper and Brass: Hammered copper bowls, trays, and coffee pots (like the cezve used for Turkish coffee) are popular decor items.

  8. Carved Wood: Intricately carved wooden furniture and panels, sometimes inlaid with mother-of-pearl or metal, are common.

  9. Marble: Used extensively in architecture and interior elements, from floors to hammam (bath) interiors.

  10. Market-Inspired Decor: Items like colorful ceramic bowls, embroidered textiles, and ornate metalwork, reminiscent of the bustling bazaars of Turkey.

Incorporating Turkish design elements into a space brings with it a sense of timeless beauty and a rich tapestry of cultural influences, from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene beaches of its coastline. Each piece, pattern, and color tells a story of Turkey’s diverse heritage and tradition.


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The Nazar Boncuk or evil eye, symbolizes the jealous and envious look of others, which can cause misfortunes to a person or his property. Turkish people believe that this amulet protects its holder from these types of bad energies by absorbing them.

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In Turkey, the tulip symbolizes feminine beauty, perfection, paradise, the Turkish native homeland and collective cultural identity, and also has a spiritual dimension. 

In Turkish culture and interior design, the fish carries multiple layers of symbolism, much of which is deeply rooted in history, religion, and folklore.


The fish symbolizes protection against the evil eye, abundance, prosperity, and spiritual significance rooted in Islamic narratives. It also reflects a harmonious relationship with nature and Turkey’s rich artistic heritage, especially in ceramics and tiles.

The Energy of Turkish Style

The energy of Turkish style interior design is deeply rooted in its rich cultural heritage, reflecting the country’s position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, bridging diverse civilizations over the millennia. Here’s an exploration of the energy and ambiance this style evokes:


  1. Cultural Fusion: The energy in Turkish interiors speaks of synthesis and harmony, amalgamating Byzantine, Ottoman, Persian, and Central Asian influences. This union of styles exudes an aura of both familiarity and exoticism.

  2. Warmth and Hospitality: Turkish culture values warmth and hospitality, and this sentiment is palpable in their interior design. Spaces are meant to be welcoming, with comfortable seating, inviting colors, and an emphasis on communal areas.

  3. Sensory Depth: Turkish design provides a multisensory experience. The textures, from plush rugs to intricate tiles, combined with the rich aromas of Turkish coffee and incense, create an atmosphere of sensory immersion.

  4. Historical Resonance: There’s an energy of timelessness in Turkish interiors, reminiscent of grand palaces, bustling bazaars, and serene hammams. Elements like Iznik tiles or Ottoman motifs connect spaces to a storied past.

  5. Mysticism and Spirituality: Turkey’s Sufi traditions and spiritual heritage bring a mystical energy to its interiors. Elements like ornate lanterns casting patterned shadows and the intricate geometric designs often have deeper spiritual meanings, promoting contemplation and introspection.

  6. Natural Connection: Many elements of Turkish design, from the colors to the materials, draw inspiration from nature — the seas, landscapes, and flora. This connection brings a grounded, earthy energy to Turkish interiors.

  7. Dynamic Vitality: Just as Turkey’s bazaars are lively and dynamic, Turkish interiors have a vivacity to them. Bold colors, varied patterns, and the play of light and shadow make spaces feel alive and vibrant.

  8. Balance and Harmony: Despite the rich patterns and bold colors, there’s a sense of balance in Turkish design. This harmony is achieved through thoughtful arrangement, symmetry, and the strategic use of neutrals and open spaces.


In essence, the energy of Turkish style interior design is a harmonious blend of history, culture, and sensory richness. It evokes feelings of warmth, connection, and timeless beauty, resonating with both the heart and the senses.

Turkish Style Design

Here is an Edesign I created to express the art, science and energy of Turkish style that is based on energy art I created. I used the colors of Turkey, and the symbols of the tulip, fish and evil eye.

See my Saturday Night Live Art Show on this design below.

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Turkish Style Living Room Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
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Energy art and Edesign by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey #3" energy art by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey #3" energy art by Mary Ann Benoit includes the colorsand symbols of Turkey including the tulip and evil eye. It is a collage of AI art and layers of fractal art hears and moons, infusing the art with the message to live the path with heart true to yourself.
"Heart of Turkey" energy art by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey" energy art by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey #4" energy art by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey #2" energy art throw pillow by Mary Ann Benoit
"Heart of Turkey #2" energy art throw pillow by Mary Ann Benoit

The design highlights Turkish tiles on the floor, Moroccan lighting,  and a beautiful Turkish rug. Arched windows, and a Turkish chandelier add to the look.  Kilim inspired and global style pillows against a modern sofa create a nice contrast. The simple Bamboo tables have a rustic feeling and are eco-friendly.

Multicolor New Handwoven Turkish Kilim Rug
New Hand-Knotted Wool Oushak Rug
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Turkish Style Living Room Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Energy of Turkish Style Design

How is Turkish Style different from other global styles? 

Turkish interior design, deeply rooted in the country’s rich history and diverse culture, embodies an energy that’s both vibrant and tranquil. This design aesthetic, influenced by Ottoman palaces, nomadic traditions, and cross-continental exchanges, carries an energy that can be described in the following ways:

  1. Historical Resonance: The energy evokes a sense of history, drawing from centuries of art, architecture, and craftsmanship. Spaces often feel like they’re telling stories of ancient times, of sultans and their courts, and of the vast empires that once were.

  2. Cultural Fusion: Turkey’s position as a bridge between Europe and Asia means its style is a blend of East and West. This convergence creates an eclectic energy, combining the mystique of the Orient with the sophistication of European design.

  3. Warmth and Hospitality: Traditional Turkish homes are designed with hospitality in mind. This welcoming energy is palpable, with cozy seating arrangements, plush textiles, and an overall ambiance that invites relaxation and connection.

  4. Sensory Stimulation: The vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and diverse textures typical in Turkish design evoke a dynamic and stimulating energy. This is reminiscent of bustling bazaars filled with colorful textiles, spices, and lanterns.

  5. Spiritual Tranquility: Islamic art and design heavily influence Turkish interiors. The absence of human and animal figures in favor of geometric patterns and arabesques, as seen in tiles, carpets, and architecture, imparts a meditative and spiritual energy to the spaces.

  6. Nature-inspired Harmony: Whether it’s the blue and white evoking the Aegean sea and sky or the earthy tones of Anatolian landscapes, there’s an inherent natural balance in Turkish design that brings a harmonious energy to interiors.

  7. Craftsmanship Pride: The energy of handcrafted artisanship—be it in woven carpets, hand-painted ceramics, or intricate woodwork—adds authenticity and a touch of human connection to Turkish interiors.

In essence, the energy of Turkish interior design is a harmonious blend of history, cultural intersection, warmth, spiritual depth, and artisanal pride. It invites those within the space to both celebrate its vibrant character and find moments of reflective tranquility.

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