Oriental Muse- Asian-inspired Homes
With Lunar New Year approaching, it is an opportune time to share the beauty of oriental designs! Contrary to popular belief, Asian-inspired is not a style exclusive to “the stodgy traditionalists”, Chinese restaurants or fans of an exoticized Asia. Asian-inspired décor and ornaments convey fragments of China’s 5000-year history, is highly elegant and surprisingly versatile. Take a look at how they could work in your home!
- Hints of Vivid Colors
We are all familiar with the color of fortune and prosperity- red in a vibrant shade that shines brightly, cheerful tangerine and shimmery shades of bronze and gold. Opulence and extravagance is indeed part of traditional Chinese interior design, as they are believed to bring luck and auspice to the homeowners. However, did you know that cool china blue and jade green are favored colors as well? In ancient China, they symbolize renewal and immortality. Include these chill shades in your abode for an atmosphere of peace and tranquility!
- Concepts of Harmony and Balance
In Asia, especially China and Japan, teachings of balance and harmony are abundant in fables with weighty morals. Such life lessons have extended into visual manifestations- in the form of balanced fixture placement and décor. As such, symmetry and pairing are preferred in place of unequal lengths on fixtures commonly spotted in modern and contemporary designs. Some ideas to consider are tastefully situated organic stone ornaments, wooden flooring, and bamboo blinds.
- Flowing Water
According to the principles of Fengshui, the sound of flowing water is calming to the senses, and a positive addition to the home space. Water bears connotations of fluidity and purity, tying back to the idea of harmony, peace, and rejuvenation. The reflective property of water reflects light rays prettily as well, giving the abode an ethereal and enchanting atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor water fountains are perfect additions to achieve these effects.
- Organic Designs with Sustainability in Mind
When you see bamboo blinds and furniture, tatami mats and potted plants, what comes to mind? It’s eco-friendliness and sustainability. Such elements of nature breathe Zen into the abode, slowing down the tempo of the interior into a peaceful lull. At the same time, you’re doing your part to protect the planet! Aesthetically, the cool browns and cream shades of organic materials match easily with just about any color palette you have in mind.
Relax your senses with an immersive experience. Aromatherapy plays a vital role since the atmosphere of a home consists of both the visual aesthetics its olfactory properties. Borrow the relaxing ambiance of spa parlors by integrating the scent of Sandalwood into your abode. Depending on your desired strength of the fragrance and speed of diffusion, choose between a scented candle, diffuser, and an elegant metal incense holder.
- Clean Minimalism
This is especially popular in Japanese-style décor. As compared to the extravagant and opulent designs of Chinese-inspired homes, simplicity is championed by the Japanese. The straight linear lines and expansive surfaces of ivory are not only timeless and elegant, but also bear a calming effect upon its viewers. According to Fengshui values, clutters are frowned upon. Moreover, clean designs create larger and airier homes.
Screens are the hallmark of Asian design. They are functional and stylish at the same time. Adopt them in a variety of ways to beautify your home! Affixed to the wall, screens adorn the wall with a charming oriental flair. This works especially well for smaller homes as such screens do not take up space in the room. The density of screens varies from one purpose to another. Closely arranged bamboo poles ensure complete privacy in the bathroom. On the other hand, tall screens in auspicious red stretching across the first and second floor connect disparate spaces of the home seamlessly, and doubles up as staircase banisters. Its mere height would suffuse the abode with a sense of grandeur as well.
- Neutral Palette- Brown, Beige, and White
While some prefer their Asian homes to be furnished in regal shades of red, black and gold, other like it light and airy. Curiously, a neutral palette is not always a choice of color actively determined by designers and homeowners. Rather, it results from the other characteristics of Asian-inspired homes, namely sustainability and minimalism. Natural materials and organic ornaments of wood and bamboo are mostly brown and cream in color. Japanese-inspired rice paper doors and tatami mats also range from off-whites to light green. As such, a neutral palette comes into being to paint a picture of serenity.
- Koi Fish
In the natural world, Koi fish is a powerful and resilient species, swimming against currents and even upstream at times. It is hence believed to symbolize a powerful and energetic life force. Some associated traits of these fish include success, fortune, longevity, and perseverance. In other cases, it is synonymous with harmony and joy, and even featured prominently in Chinese legends. As such, the Koi fish has become indispensable in traditional Asian design as a harbinger of good luck.
- Ambient Lighting
A dim glow shining through lanterns can cast the abode in a charming and enigmatic light. Moreover, beautiful shadows dancing on the walls create a romantic environment for relaxation. The lamps' delicate textures add to the medley of textures and materials in the interior as well.
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