The simple ornate or simply ornate? That would be a question answered perfectly by this chair. The flat back is a simple canvas that holds the carving perfectly. The effect is not too overwhelming even as the carving definitely draws the eye. So, with chairs like this, you can infuse a sizable dose of the ethnic even into the most contemporary surroundings. With the contemporary slim structure of this chair, you can be sure that you will never be left feeling too overwhelmed by the design. At the same time, the distinct carving will make ample room for you to bring in something ethnic, something whimsical. These chairs would also do well when paired against a window and sheer curtains for a reading nook of sorts.