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.
contemporary living room design by los angeles interior designer Tracy Murdock Allied ASID
|Wide Base Jade Vase|
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 Japanese design.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.
|Blessing In Red Fan|
|Pink Blessings Wall Fan|
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.
Feng ShuiThe 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.
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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