Asian Decor

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Asian influence in western decor has become increasingly popular. Consequently, the demand for authentic Asian decor and less expensive reproductions has also increased. Asian furnishings as a whole are influence by work from many different countries including China, Japan, Korea and others. While each culture has many unique aspects of design, Asian decor as a whole, while modern, also evokes a sense of history.

Variety in Asian Decor

Chinese decor has deep roots in China's history. Perhaps the most significant principle to the Chinese decorating concept is ornamentation. Furnishings from this region are often highly-stylized. Traditionally, Chinese decor includes lacquered wood that is intricately carved, embossed or painted. Accessories often relate to mythical creatures or depict historical scenes. Red is a very powerful color in the Chinese design.

Japanese decor, unlike Chinese decor, focuses on cooler colors derived from nature. Some of the traditional elements of design include low tables, shoji screens and tatami mats. These are almost always made of natural materials like wood, rice paper, bamboo and other natural fibers. Simplicity is a major principle in Japanese design, and furnishings are usually sparse.

Furnishing from other Asian countries like Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Tibet can also be found to add to an interior design scheme. Many of these furnishings such as hand-carved lamps and other accessories can fit into more neutral design concepts as well. For example, a Korean lamp may be appropriate for a room that has no other Korean design elements. These pieces can be a part of a whole Asian design or stand alone as an elegant design feature.


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