Mixing traditional and Asian style elements into your home decor can convey a unique and distinctive look. If Asian culture is something you are inspired by, you can incorporate this style in various different ways.
In Japanese culture, red is a powerful colour, symbolising strong emotions such as strength and passion. It also signifies the colour of the sun, associated with life and vitality. Floral and plant elements such as cherry blossom, bamboo and orchids, work well with modern materials and hues. The cherry blossom plant is considered a symbol for life and good fortune and typical of Asian influence.
Chinoiserie is a decorative style characterised by the use of Chinese motifs and techniques. It can be incorporated into furniture, textiles and accessories. A Chinoiserie silk screen mural, for example, is both beautiful and reflective of the Asian style. Pieces such as a bamboo shades, Japanese tatami mat and bronze accessories are all familiar Asian elements and will complement this look well.
Applying Zen principles to your home and interior design, such as using calm and neutral hues, simple furnishings, natural materials and clean lines, can result in a smooth and harmonious environment. Both sound and aroma play a critical part in shaping one’s perception and in making the room a far more pleasant space. Try using incense, scented candles or wind chimes to elevate the Oriental feel in your home.
Integrating the art of Feng Shui also has a strong Asian influence. Spaces are balanced by their different energies with the purpose of creating harmony and equilibrium. Water features with the sound of water flowing are considered positive and harmonious, creating a very calming effect in your home.
Minimalistic design and sleek symmetry are also a representation of Asian influence. Using minimal décor and accessories, as well as straight-lined, dark wood furniture follows the modern style often associated with Asian design. Your space should not be cluttered, but surrounded only by the things you love.
Lastly, being eco-conscious and incorporating the fragrance of nature is deeply rooted with Asian influence. Make use of organic and sustainable design, like sustainable bamboo blinds to replace the traditional curtains and introduce plants and shrubs to bring in nature’s goodness.
Integrating the art of Feng Shui also has a strong Asian influence. Spaces are balanced by their different energies with the purpose of creating harmony and equilibrium.