Interior Design / August 5, 2018 / Gabriella Cheek.
Head to the East for Simple Asian Home Decoration
Oriental or Asian themed designs have a classic appeal in part due to the ancient nature of the civilizations upon which these design styles based. When most nations were little more then feudal chieftains fighting their neighbors for food and land China was developing gunpowder, garnishing silk and had century-long traditions already in place.
This rich culture while somewhat diminished by their slow acceptance of industrialization nevertheless provides Asian races a long and varied palette against which to design a unique and colorful collection of central themes and garden decorations that are as varied as they are beautiful.
Like Imari porcelains to Indochina cultures few other designs, styles incorporate such a vast mixture of races and religions into a single design theme – and this allows you a wonderfully rich palette and available list of design themes attributes from which to draw your concepts.
First, you should decide if you wish to have a darker more somber design or a light and airy feeling – both are readily available and distinctly oriental in nature.
Then it would help if you decided whether you wish to fill out the design theme you choose with rich and lustrous items or more common and relaxing pieces. Once you decide which of these four basic methods to proceed towards you are ready to begin.
Dark and Rich - Wall colors in a rich and dark room will need to be neutral or off-white since most of the pieces will be significant and mysterious and a backdrop that will not hide them needs to exist. If color is desirable, it should be bold such as dark blues and greens or light blue in kitchens or baths.
Furnishings should be elaborate with shiny silken fabrics and vibrant patterns. Use of copper or wooden carvings and heavy wall hangings with lighting that draws attention to critical pieces will complete such a look.
Less commonly seen than other styles of Asian influence using a theme like this by accents of Buddhas also dragons and a few select pieces of pottery along with comfortable and modern although obviously, Asian-influenced furniture designs can create a modern American space with a distinctly Asian feel that will never go out of style.
Concepts of Asian Design - Due to the vast nature of “Asia,” there are indeed many different styles which can be mixed and selected from regardless of which ‘tone’ is chosen. To aid in understanding the available themes and formats as well as universal design attributes of each we list the more common below:
Chinese - China is featuring both real-world elements from nature, and famous landmarks, as well as fantasy such as dragons, abound. Wall hangings and specific style of furnishings with heavy use of dark wood and upholstery are common.
Japanese - Japanese design is all about simplicity. With sleek modern design elements in their furniture and subtle palettes of grays and greens, black and whites this style is all about relaxation and comfort in small spaces.
When it comes to Asian design the problem is not one of conforming to a theme, but in isolating an idea from the vast number of available options and staying true to that design concept. Whether you go with the wealthy Chinese, pure Indonesian or somewhat eclectic Korean as your base, a well-done Asian theme brings feelings of harmony and comfort to any abode.