Thursday, January 2, 2014
Oriental décor usually comes in ornate shapes with intricate details. Unique Asian-inspired pieces and elements can add interest in your space.
Whether you’re aiming for a complete oriental look or just adding Asian accent pieces, choose designs that are quintessentially oriental.
Here are Asian elements you can use in your living room:
The popularity of Chinese designs in seventeenth century Europe gave rise to chinoiserie, a French term meaning “Chinese-esque.”
Chinoiserie patterns are intricate and can add fantastic oriental detail to any room. Apply it in your room with wallpaper or in throw pillow fabrics.
Red is a popular color in Asian culture, particularly for the Chinese and Japanese. Symbolizing passion and energy, the hue offers a burst of vitality in rooms. For a more subdued look, use red sparingly by applying it on accent pieces only.
If you have a penchant for the Japanese style, look to traditional Japanese design elements such as shoji screens and tatami mats for inspiration. For a modern take on these elements, use a divider inspired by a shoji screen.
Blue and white wares
There is nothing more authentic than employing Chinese blue and white ceramics in your room. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, many replicas of these blue and white wares are now available as home décor. Choose a grouping of vases with different heights or a pair of ceramic stools.
Add geometric interest in your room by incorporating some Chinese fretwork. Apply it on dividers or wall cladding designs, and choose a finish that matches your room’s style. Dark wood finishes offer warmth, while metallic finishes are a more modern take.
The Buddha icon is the most widely recognized icon across Eastern cultures. With the oriental style becoming trendy and popular, Buddha statues and busts are now available in most stores. These come in rustic finishes, metallic finishes and even in neon colors. Choose a finish that matches your room’s overall look and feel. - Aislinn Kee