Using An Asian Elements in Your Home's Design

July 08, 2018
Asian design style varies tremendously throughout the world, partially because it comes from many different countries: China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet and India to name a few.  All of these cultures vary greatly, as do their design styles.  Then take the fact that someone wants a modern feel to their home and adds a touch of Asian influence with the addition of a tansu chest, a lacquered screen and a chandelier reminiscent of Chinese lanterns, and calls it “Asian.”  Another creates the sense of a traditional Asian home.  This style varies greatly, so it can meet the needs of many people.  Let us say, however, that feng shui can work in ANY decor style, whether it is traditional, ultra-modern, or anything in between.
 

Japanese Design Style:

Most Japanese residents live in small homes or apartments that have an open-concept feel, with plenty of light and linear lines in them. Minimalist, clean and simple describe this style reflecting nature. Wood is a common building component, and any view of nature is honored with large windows. Furniture isn’t identified as for one room or another as it is in the U.S., and there is generally less of it than would exist in an American home.  What does exist in Japanese homes is often low to the ground, modern and simple in design. Colors in the home reflect nature: tans and browns of wood, and greens of plants and trees.
If you want to truly reflect the Japanese style, you could include a meditation room, plush floor cushions, a water feature, and a deep soaking tub in your bathroom.

 

 

 

Known for its simplicity, elegance and enhanced functionality, Korean décor would make your home exude a naturally minimalistic and yet sophisticated style. 
Thai design has a long history, from rich colors and handmade tapestries to creative decorative art pieces and glamorous carved wood.

 

Chinese Design Style:

Simplicity is one of the most basic concepts utilized in design for the Chinese. Again, nature is a very important consideration when designing a home’s decor.  A room should not be filled with lots of common decor, but include the proper placement of a few valuable and exquisite objects. The Chinese were amazing horticulturists, and many plants in our (plant) nurseries today originated in China. It is no wonder then, that many bright and beautiful colors are used as their reflection in home decor.

 

 

 
When we speak of China, we must consider feng shui, the ancient philosophy that was developed by observing nature.  The guiding principle remains the same today: the pursuit of the most advantageous and harmonious place to live and work.  The color red is considered an auspicious color, as it is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity, as is bright yellow or gold, as it represents long life. Black is sometimes used because of its association with career and money, although it also represents the absence of light, so is used judiciously.  Shapes tend to be more curved and less linear, using circles, arches, ovals, undulating, and arc.
 
 

Vietnamese Design Style:

Vietnam’s culture is apparent in its graceful architecture of its temples and pagodas.  Because Vietnam was under direct Chinese rule for more than 10 decades, it naturally adopted many Chinese traditions, including traditional Chinese styles of building.  The influence of French colonial style is most apparent in cities in Vietnam.
 

Indian Interior Design:

We may all picture the Taj Mahal when we conjure up mental pictures of the country once known for its wealth, royalty and diverse cultures.  Color is probably the first thing to use when creating an Indian style.  Although there are many intense, rich, and deep colors, you could focus on colors of the Indian spices: chili, cinnamon and pepper.  Patterns such as paisley are another important part of this style.
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Lighting:

Natural lighting is essential in any home, but its something to which Asians pay close attention.  Once you have brought in as much natural light into the space as possible, then consider ambient lighting. Recessed cans and under counter lights can light up every dark corner. Stylish lanterns reflecting the history of paper lanterns used in ceremonies can be a lovely way to add needed light for evenings and dark Winter nights. 
 
 

Creating and Maintaining Balance:

Whether we talk about the Tao, Yin and Yang, or the Five Elements, you will find that the concept of balance in important in all Asian design styles. You will need to consider the big picture of the whole home, as well as individual rooms that you are decorating.  Placing one item that is red in a room isn’t going to give a sense of balance, so put more than one “splash” of red, whether it is using accent pillows, artwork, or other decorative accent.  The same goes for shapes and materials.
Using some Asian influence in your Craftsman home is totally appropriate, as is 
 

In conclusion:

Asian style can give your home a dramatic or subtle appeal, depending upon what you are looking for in design.  What are your questions or comments on Asian Design Style?  If you want or need help selecting, designing or remodeling your home, please contact us and we'll set up an initial consultation....and please follow this blog for the latest home improvements! 

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