An Asian decorating theme is one of the most beautiful,
elegant and exotic decorating styles. Although Asia is a vast continent with
over 60 different countries and cultures, Asian decorating and décor is usually
a reference to the styles, culture, art and fashion of the Far East, or what
used to be referred to as the Orient. This includes countries such as China,
Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
Asian style furniture has a very shiny, highly polished,
lacquer finish. Exotic woods such as rosewood, mahogany, Poplar and bamboo are
used to make exquisite furniture, which can be either intricately carved and
painted or left very simple and plain with clean, straight lines.
Chinese style furniture has a very artistic, ornate
appearance with beautiful, hand painted motifs, brass accents and/or intricate
carved designs. If opulent settings appeal to you, look for chinoiseri style
décor. Chinoiseri is a French word meaning ”Chinese-esque”. This term
originated in the late 1800s and was first seen in Europe, as a decorating
style influenced by Chinese art and culture.
Bright, vivid colors are commonly seen in Chinese decorating
styles and in particular, the color red. Red is a color of good fortune in
Chinese culture and is often paired with black or gold for a striking contrast.
Other primary and secondary colors often used in Chinese art and décor are blue
and yellow and green.
Chinese porcelain has been highly sought after by collectors
since the 17th century, when it started to become a prized
possession of the upper-class in Europe and eventually, worldwide. The classic blue and white pattern known as Willow Ware is the most recognized style of Chinese porcelain. Jade and brass are also commonly seen in Chinese vases.
Japanese style furniture is more modest and simple in design.
Shiny, lacquered finishes are still common. However, straight lines and minimal
embellishments help create a harmonious balance with the minimalist approach of
This decorating style includes a lot of open space, neutral
colors and a Zen-like atmosphere that is peaceful, uncluttered and natural.
Traditional rice paper screens called Shoji screens can be
used to create separate areas of a larger space while also diffusing the light.
Combined with Tatami mats and traditional Japanese furniture such as platform
beds and low profile coffee tables and end tables, your home will have an
authentic Japanese look.
Nature is a prominent theme in Asian decorating. Chinese
décor has an abundance of animal motifs such as fish, butterflies, peacocks,
cranes, tigers, horses, pandas, cats and mythical creatures such as dragons and
the Phoenix. Japanese koi fish are commonly seen in Asian style art, as are a
plethora of floral designs such as cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, peony
blossoms, roses and exotic plants such as bamboo and bonsai trees.
Natural textures are seen in accessories such as straw mats,
bamboo floors or blinds, rice paper screens and natural stone furnishings.
Asian textiles can truly be exotic treasures. Persian and
Oriental rugs and tapestries are more than just decorative items. Often
considered works of art, especially if they are antiques, Asian rugs and
tapestries can command a high price.
Chinese silk was once one of the most highly sought after
Eastern treasures, and became the inspiration for the famous Silk Road trade
route between the Far East and Europe. Silk can be made into many luxury home
textiles such as sheets, bedspreads, duvets and decorative pillows.
Asian style décor often features the beautiful and artistic
calligraphy style characters that represent the words and letters of exotic
languages such as Chinese and Japanese. These characters often appear on wall
art, dinnerware or other decorative porcelain.
Large Chinese fans or parasols make beautiful decorative
ornaments. Silk wall scrolls, carved wood designs, Japanese Samurai swords and
silk paintings make interesting and unusual wall décor.
Buddhism is one of
the most common religions in the Far East and the likeness of Buddha is often
used in Asian décor such as statues, figurines and fountains.
The Taoist philosophy of feng shui began in China over 3000
years ago. It is based on the idea that the natural living energy force called
Chi can be balanced and harmonized in any given space to ensure the well-being
and good fortune of the inhabitants.
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Feng shui has become a popular design style in the Western
world. From furniture placement, to color schemes, lighting, accessories and
even architectural features, feng shui can impact every element of a home’s
design scheme. While you don’t need to have an Asian decorating theme to use
this design style, feng shui certainly fits in perfectly with Asian design.
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To see more Asian style decor for your home, visit my Asian decorating
pages at HomeTreasureCove.