Asian Interior Design Concepts
Transforming your home with a serene Asian interior design theme is an excellent counterbalance to the chaos of everyday life. The quintessential design combines monochromatic colors and simple lines with a minimalist approach to decor. Accent with Western influences or the exotic layering of Indian design for an eye-catching variation on the theme.
Feng Shui Love
Feng shui literally translates to “wind” and “water” in English. When applied to interior design, this ancient Chinese practice seeks to create a soothing, harmonious environment by achieving the ideal flow of energy throughout a space. Furniture, decorative elements, appliances and lighting fixtures are strategically arranged into an energy-flowing style. A feng shui living room should have an abundance of natural light from large, uncovered windows and an appropriate arrangement of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. For example, create a cozy sitting area in one corner, flanked by a modern, stone-colored couch and a vibrant multicolored settee. The space can be closed in by matching recliners that complement the color theme. Incorporate the earth theme with a granite coffee table topped with a potted plant and scatter throw pillows colored like stones on the couch and between the recliners. Uncovered wood flooring can fulfill the wood element. Place a metal end table next to the settee and install metal light fixtures. Water may be the trickiest element to introduce into a space but the cool shades of blue, such as periwinkle, indigo and ultramarine, can be incorporated with paintings, upholstery and pillows.
Washitsu is the original Japanese style of interior design. A washitsu room is Asian simplicity and comfort at its best, with hig- quality furnishings made from natural materials and an uncluttered approach to decor. For a washitsu bedroom, install shoji sliding doors and cover the floor with tatami mats. Set up a shoji privacy screen in the corner, and make a Japanese platform bed and plush shiki futon the centerpiece of the room. Flank the bed with shoji paper floor lamps and decorate sparingly with wall art and porcelains. Creating a tokonomo space is a option for incorporating washitsu in your home. This is a secluded, decorative alcove with seating, wall art, ikebana arranged flowers and perhaps a shrine of religious or personal significance.
Infuse Japanese simplicity into a modern granite and tile bathroom by adding sliding doors, a Japanese soaking tub, fresh flowers, potted bamboo and equally spaced, matching light fixtures, mirrors and cabinets. Monochromatic color schemes are common in both modern and Asian-inspired interior design. Start with white paint for the walls. Install natural wood flooring such as bamboo for a more traditional look, or light-colored tile for a modern feel. Upholstered furniture should be white or beige and arranged into designated areas, such as the dining room and living area, even if your home has an open floor plan. Use natural wood or dark metal for the end tables, coffee table and dining room table. Choose a bright accent color and use it sparingly throughout the space. For example, scatter several pillows of varying shades of red throughout the living room and place a vase of complementing flowers on the coffee table. Personalized wall art is another way to add splashes of color while adhering to a monochromatic theme.
Inspired by India
The exotic hues and rich textures of Indian interior design is in sharp contrast to washitsu and feng shui. Indian decor is steeped in cultural tradition, from the jewel tones of the wall treatments, upholstery and rugs, to the decorative Hindu deities and wall art. Internationally known designer Miv Watts often incorporates an Indian theme into her projects. Transform your bedroom into a rajah’s sanctuary with an ornately carved four-poster bed covered with an antique hand-embroidered bedspread and scattered with bright pillows and tasseled throws. Arrange coordinating “pouffes” and low footstools for seating, and invest in one or two authentic pieces, such as a framed textile to use as wall art and a hand-knotted area rug.