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It’s intricate, it’s luxe and it is one of the big movers and shakers in the interiors world this year: say hello to bone inlay furniture. Artisans have been using inlaid bones to decorate furniture for centuries and the same techniques are still being employed today to create intricate, contemporary statement pieces that are as ornate as they are sleek. While bone inlay is often found in the boutique hotels and grand palaces of India, it is increasingly being found in contemporary settings where it provides personality, a point of difference and an all-important link to an authentic, handcrafted tradition. Bone inlay pieces are still handmade and any small imperfections are to be celebrated as the mark of a true craftsman’s work. Bring on all the global feels! Let’s explore more.
How to style it: bedroom
Evoking class and sophistication, a bone inlay piece will be a show stopper in any room – but that’s not to say they can’t be a practical option as well. Take the bedside table. Generally considered an absolute must in any bedroom space, a bone inlay bedside table will add to the feeling of an oasis – especially in a dreamy boho room. Many modern bone inlay pieces come in a neutral colour that still gives a little sparkle and add a ton of texture while fitting right in for a calm bedroom feel. If you have a stronger colour scheme in your bedroom, a black and white side table can provide contrast, interest and a super glam shimmer from the safety of the most classic of all colour schemes. Perfect.
Oh, the places you’ll go!
If you have an Indian, Moroccan, eclectic or lavish boho look at home, bone inlay pieces are a seamless addition that will fit right in. But with the look enjoying a major renaissance right now, there really is no limit to styling options. From practical storage options like tallboys in bedrooms, to console benches in entryways, to sideboards everywhere – the new wave of bone inlay pieces are as intricate or chic as you like, and often come in modern geometric or fish-scale styles that sees them at home just about anywhere. Minimalists take note: you can absolutely do bone inlay furniture!
If you are not ready to dive headfirst into the trend and invest in a major piece of bone inlay furniture, you’re in luck. There are plenty of décor objects that allow you to reference the trend. Gorgeous mirrors, lighting and sleek side tables are all options for you to introduce bone inlay pieces into your home without making a big commitment. A decorative side table will wow your visitors at elevenses or can be simply decorative as one element of the overall look. While a bone inlay table lamp can be paired with the clean lines of more modern furniture for a contemporary vibe. And bone inlay mirrors? They are simply a stunning work of art.