Bring a sense of holiday-esq relaxation and Asian opulence to your home with these easy decorating tips from the team on 60 Minute Makeovers.
Note: There are several different Asian decorating styles so it’s a good idea to choose one for continuity. Japanese, Balinese, Chinese and Thai are the most popular but the tips below relate to general Asian influences.
- The next time someone you know goes travelling to Asia ask them to pick you up some ornamental gems such as hand-held fans, lanterns, candles, carved wooden sculptures street art work and hand-painted vases. You can pick these up for next to nothing at market stalls.
- Colours such as green, red, black, orange and purple are closely linked with Asian decorating.
- Richly patterned silk is the mainstay of your Asian decorating style. Use it widely in curtains and cushions. You can also pick up metres of fabric at your local Lindcraft store and use it as a throw for a couch or table cloth.
- As for flooring go for laminates printed with exotic wood patterns, bamboo or dark sustainable exotic hardwoods including rosewood, teak and cherry.
- Orchids are popular in Asia so bring them into your home in vases or paintings.
- Buddha statues are known to add vibrant chi power to your home. Especially the Laughing Buddha statue. Buddha statues can be made from various stones. Jade as well as bronze are the most popular choices.
- Living rooms should feature furnishings that sit at a lower level than usual, especially tables and seating.
- In each room, try to incorporate a few organic elements, like a trickling water fountain, a bamboo plant, a bonsai tree and pebbles.
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