Indonesia’s textile art of batik is embraced in every form possible, from fashion to home décor. Batik has countless variations of patterns, colors, and styles, making it versatile for any room.
From batik cushion and batik tiles to rugs and tablecloths, the possibilities are endless. Even with just a tiny cushion, the pattern can effortlessly bring a certain ethnic feel into the room.
Being a tropical country, Indonesia is blessed with lush evergreens in its land. Many Indonesians embrace their environment and cultivate a simple garden in their homes. Even those who live in urban areas try to bring indoor plants into their homes or apartments.
Orchids are one of the most popular indoor flowers in Indonesia; there are even plastic indoor orchids for sale that decently recreate the aesthetic value of the exquisite flower.
Traditionally, Indonesian homes are mostly built with wood. Even now, many Indonesians still desire to fashion a traditional feel in their homes with a lot of woodwork, from flooring and structure to furniture. Teak wood or kayu jati furniture is especially popular and valued in many parts of Indonesia for its quality and durability; many are even exported across the world at a high price.
As a tropical gem placed along the equator, Indonesia has more than a fair share of warm sunlight. One way to take advantage of that is letting as much natural light in as possible. Floor-to-ceiling glass instead of concrete walls is a popular choice to let the sunshine in. Many homes have wide doors and windows that stay open during the day, while others try to create a flowing air circulation with ventilation or an open-space plan.
Indonesian’s obsession with wood doesn’t stop with big things like flooring plans or furniture. Wood wicker ornaments and accessories make popular home decoration pieces. Many Indonesians opt for wicker rugs instead of carpets, and Indonesian craftsmen can even create chairs, baskets, or pillows from braided wood fibers.
Indonesian handmade crafts are among the most popular items in markets and art shops. Javanese puppets make a great ornament with a cultural and aesthetic value—the Javanese believe that the wooden puppet of the Javanese bride and groom will bring love and harmony into their homes and families. Even those who don’t believe it are tempted to purchase the items just to liven up their homes.
Long before minimalism become a trend in home décor and design, many Indonesian homes showed the principles of simplicity and embraced natural, earthly tone. Browns, greens, and whites often dominate the interior walls, furniture, and floors. Since Indonesians already love wooden furniture and greeneries, this comes naturally to them, but anyone can recreate the calming atmosphere by choosing the right colors.
For a more artistic touch, many Indonesian wooden furniture and ornaments have intricate carving patterns that give them a more elegant, luxurious, royal-like feel. Wood carvings can be applied anywhere, from doors, chairs, and walls to picture frames.