10 tips for creating an Asian-inspired interior

Asian-style interiors instantly evoke an image of serenity and tranquility. With most of us engrossed in a fast-paced urban lifestyle, it’s a big help when we can return home to a peaceful abode that allows us to escape this endless rush. Asian-themed interiors achieve this goal with inimitable style by ushering in harmony and balance. But creating an Asian-inspired room is much more than just adding a few distinct decorations. You need care, precision and a clear thought process that allows you to eliminate unwanted additions.

In essence, Asian design is a fusion of several different styles ranging from Japanese and Chinese to exotic Indian themes. However, for most, it is often dominated by Eastern influences that originated in the Far East several centuries ago. Here’s how you can incorporate some of these fascinating elements into your own home design while keeping the fresh, contemporary vibe intact.

1. The perfect backdrop

Asian designs and themes are largely inspired by the colors of nature and often the decorations mimic scenic landscapes and reinterpret natural colors to fit the interior. Therefore, it is better to keep the background as neutral as possible. That doesn’t mean white is your only option. Soft cream, discreet light blues, and even a fancy gray work very well. Remember to look for a relaxing backdrop that offers a relaxed, relaxed atmosphere.

2. A touch of vivid color

A popular misconception is that Asian styles are devoid of vivid and rich hues, while in reality the exact opposite is true. An Asian-themed interior is truly complete only with vibrant accent tones that stand out when placed in a quiet, neutral environment. Charming cherry blossom roses, dazzling reds and luxurious purples are integral to the oriental style. If you opt for a Chinese-inspired style of decoration, these colors become a must.

For those who love a touch of mystical charm, carefully placed subtle black tones are the ideal choice. Another visually fascinating option is to combine the soft neutral background with exquisite golden tones to create a majestic living room. Since gold is touted as one of the hottest colors of this winter, it also makes a fashion and fashion statement.

3. Visual and textural balance

When trying to plan Asian-style interiors, the word balance is something you’ll encounter again and again. And we simply cannot overstate the importance of this unique aspect of oriental design. Balance is often the key aspect that defines an Asian issue. You need the right harmony not only of the colors but also of the different textures and elements that surround you. If your home is just a large concrete block, think about adding glass screens, natural stone decorations, hardwood floors, bamboo blinds, and some organic textures in a balanced way.

4. A cold water feature

Speaking of creating an atmosphere of balance, water is another wonderful way to usher in Asian style with ease and simplicity. The sound of flowing water is considered both harmonious and positive according to Feng Shui, and a small water fountain in the entrance hall, living room or even in the backyard is a welcome addition. Reflecting pools are incredible additions and have a calming influence that is undeniable.

For those looking to add a water feature that is lively and effervescent, a beautiful koi pond is the way to go. The characteristics of the water not only bring an element of fluidity, but can also function as impressive sculptural installations that become the focal point of the room.

5. Merging styles

We talked earlier about how popular Asian themes are actually a fusion of several different styles. It is important to know each style and its different elements before choosing which one best suits your home. The Japanese design style is innately simple, minimalist and closer to nature and its multiple nuances. If you are looking to add the essence of Zen to your residency, this is the theme for you. Traditional Chinese décor is much more opulent, expansive, and grandiose, with royal reds, luxurious gold, captivating jade, and luxurious purple hues.

The typical Indian style is a colorful and cheeky celebration of life that showcases traditional Indian motifs and cultural icons. In case you’re trying to create a fusion of Asian styles, it’s best to stick to Japanese interior influences in public spaces and opt for indulgent Chinese designs and colors in the bedroom. Add some pieces of art and rich textiles from an Indian background and you have a truly Asian style!

6. Sculptural lighting and paper lanterns

Lighting can make or break the look of your interior, regardless of what theme it has. But in the case of the Asian style, it adds to all the visual and elegantly accentuates the theme. Stylish hanging paper lanterns, sculptural lighting installations, and some carefully placed candles go a long way in creating a Far Eastern-inspired home. For those looking to add timeless décor that bridges the gap between East and West with a more modern silhouette, we suggest diving into Isamu Noguchi’s impressive collection of Akari light sculptures.

7. Organic and Sustainable Design

This is an aspect of Asian design that is simply irresistible and should appeal to eco-conscious homeowners. Smooth, polished stones, such as river rocks, sustainable bamboo blinds replacing traditional curtains, intricately woven tatami mats, and potted plants and shrubs that bring the goodness of nature tend to come together to paint that perfect look. It’s the small details that tend to make a big difference in the ambience of the room. Be sure to keep fixtures and furniture as sustainable and organic as possible to induce a truly Asian atmosphere.

8. Fragrance of Nature

Think beyond the décor itself to design a more authentic interior with an Asian theme. Sandalwood incense, scented candles and beautiful wind chimes elevate the oriental feeling to a whole new level. Add to this some potted plants and shrubs that bring the goodness of nature and you will instantly notice the transformation of the modern home into a comforting and serene center. Both sound and aroma play a fundamental role in shaping our perception of various environments and in making the room a much more pleasant space. They also don’t demand repainting walls or renovating your home and redefine aesthetics in a cost-effective way.

9. Stylish minimalism

Clean, well-defined straight lines, minimalist decorations and elegant symmetry are a natural part of Asian design influenced by a Japanese style. These elements allow you to effortlessly incorporate the theme into a contemporary setting with some simple furniture and color changes. Borrowing Feng Shui values that have been proven for centuries, clutter is an absolute no-no, and Asian themes encourage you to surround yourself only with the things you absolutely love!

10. Inimitable oriental decoration

Not quite sure if your residence is designed for an Asian theme? If you have a home that’s already clad in cool neutral tones, then all you need is a subtle décor change to test the waters before committing to the theme. Small statues of smiling Buddha, decorative fans, Asian scroll paintings, some jade statues, some oriental umbrellas, one or two shoji room dividers, and pillowcases with Asian motifs should do the job without forcing you to make permanent changes.

Whether dramatic or low-key, relaxing or elegant, Asian themes offer an incredible way to give your home impeccable and exclusive appeal. Keep an eye out for a few pieces of oriental décor next time you visit the thrift store or flea market so you can redecorate on a tight budget. Do it right and you’ll be guaranteed a quiet getaway at home!

What is Asian Interior Design Style?

Asian-style interior design, sometimes called oriental design, showcases the cultures of Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and other prominent Eastern societies. Some room designs are true to a style, while many Asian-themed rooms are a combination of two or more cultural influences.

What is contemporary Asian design?

Influenced by different Asian architectures (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Filipino, among others), this style offers timeless design, functionality and modernity with cultural references. Locally, contemporary modern Asian architecture incorporates traditional aesthetics and techniques.

How can I make my home more Asian?

What is Asian fusion interior?

The Asian Fusion design style celebrates the flow and balance that life brings. With a focus on minimalism, natural elements and vibrant patterns, one experiences peace and comfort in one environment.

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By Catharine Bwana