Integrating Asian inspired design ideas in your home, can create a sense of serenity and tranquility. If you travel to Asia often, buying a few key pieces can be very inexpensive and yet make a statement.
Feng Shui- This art was practiced by ancient chinese cultures. The art of Feng Shui is based on the belief that everything has negative and positive energy. Therefore to create harmony in a space these two energies have to be balanced. Books on the subject are easily accessible and provide details on how furniture should be placed. By including this design idea, you may feel that your room/ home has more space and an easy flow.
Iconic influences- Most asian homes will include a statue of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha who was the founder of buddhism taught in 5th BC. Statues of the Lord Buddha come in various sizes and are made of wood, stone or cement. The features of the statue bring about a sense of calm to the beholder.
A zen space – The japanese arm of buddhism aims to reach zen, which is a form of enlightenment only reached through meditation and wisdom. In design, incorporating this state involves including calm colours, simple lines and furnishing, natural fabrics which create balance and harmony. Think of colors like beige, brown, dull yellow and burnt orange.
Simple styling- Asian design style concentrates on minimalism. Think dark wood furnishings with bamboo screens and neutral lamps with soft, warm lighting, add to the balance in a room.