Asian interiors are designed to bring peace, balance, and serenity to the space, which is kept simple and uncluttered. The quality and craftsmanship is exquisite. More recently the more popular forms of Asian design such as Japanese and Indian style are merging with western style to create a unique Asian-influenced decor. This emerging style is becoming increasingly popular amongst the rich and famous- due mainly to their jet set lifestyle which gives them the opportunity to see many other cultures first hand. If you are seeking to bring some celebrity style eastern charm to your surroundings, using just a few of the handy hints below will see to it that your home is completely transformed.
A very recognizable trait in many Asian homes is the double use of some items of furniture. With space at a minimum in many Asian interiors, furniture that serves multiple purposes is prominent. A futon provides seating and sleeping in one piece of furniture. A wooden trunk with many drawers provides out-of-sight storage and serves as a table top. In Indian homes in particular, items are also recycled to enchanting affect. Old carts, doors and wheelbarrows are often reused to create rustic style coffee tables. This translates fabulously into larger western homes that have a rustic country style already. It is also a real money saver and great for those for are trying to lead a more green existence.
In terms of a colour palette, Asian interiors vary greatly depending on the country you are using a primary influence. A Japanese interior should be monochrome with accents of pink and yellow. An Indian interior on the other hand will feature lots of brilliant and bold shades of orange, ochre, crimson, purple and gold. One thing that does tie both styles together is the materials used. Both countries are famed for their silk and their lacquered furniture. Silk curtains, silk saris used as table cloths or throws, lacquered side cabinets and chests (in black for a Japanese theme or high sheen natural wood for an Indian feel) would all lend an eastern tone to your rooms.
Floor covering is the foundation for Asian interiors, so whether you choose a tatami mat in a Japanese room, a beautiful floral wool rug in a Chinese interior or even a layering of cheap rugs full of typically Indian shades, really make a feature of your flooring. Use furniture and fabric colors to enhance and pick out the colors in the flooring.
With space in Asian interiors at a minimum, floor screens are a major element of the decor. A Shoji screen can provide a window cover, serve as a room divider, or hide an unattractive corner. Again, in a more Japanese influenced home, you should use the screen as a means to adding another lacquered surface to your scheme.
Nature provides an important influence in Asian interiors, with plants and water being the most widely used muses. The delicate sound of falling water and the peaceful look of standing water with fish are prominent in Asian interiors. Natural plants and cuttings provide texture and artistic expression. Bamboo plants in both small and large pots, adorned with red and gold tassels are found in Chinese style homes, whereas in a Japanese home, meticulously manicured bonsai plants are prominent.