Embrace Oriental Design by Adding These Elements to Your Space

Embrace Oriental Design by Adding These Elements to Your Space

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Jul 10, 2017
Why you should care

Pay homage to Asian and Oriental cultural with design and decor while maintaining a modern look.

If your modern interior lacks character, then it’s a good idea to look towards cultural elements like Oriental-influenced design.

What is Oriental design? Oriental style, sometimes known as Asian design focuses on simplicity and symmetry in terms of architectural features and furniture lines.

On the other hand, it also embraces organic elements like paintings of landscape, and materials like wood and stone. Oriental décor and furnishing tends to also be defined by its ornate floral patterns or paintings of majestic animals.

Colours and Designs Inspired by Nature

Oriental elements tend to favour colours that can be found in nature like cream, brown, green, and most neutral colours. Besides colours, nature-inspired images are also found in Oriental paintings, carvings, and homeware.

Instead of a plain wall, opt for a mural on a screen, door, or wall. This painting adds a nice cultural touch to contrast the contemporary furniture. It also complements the decorative lanterns.

Speaking of neutral colours, this modern-looking altar blends well into the home as the wall shelf and Buddha statue match the surrounding neutral tones. It’s a great way to blend a necessity into the general look of the home!

Just Enough Texture and Pattern

While contemporary designs celebrate minimalism and vintage designs are saturated in intricate details, Oriental persuasion offers a good mix. Use ornate patterns and decor as accent in a mostly neutral space.

Rich Colours as Accent

As with texture and pattern, it’s also about balance when it comes to the use of colours. You’ll find reds, purples, greens, golds, and blues to be common in Oriental interiors.

Lantern Lighting

If you’re just dipping your toes, then keep your modern home as it is, only adding lantern style lighting. It’s a good way to experiment with the style while keeping the clean look of modern homes.

This lantern lighting is traditional in shape and style, yet edgy because of its black and white colours.

You can also turn up the charm and opt for paper lantern lighting.

Symmetry and Straight Lines

Clean architectural lines, for the ceiling, walls, and furnishing are reminiscent of historical Oriental architecture.

Screens and Partitions

Wooden, paper, and graphic style partitions and screens draw from traditional Oriental homes that housed large numbers of people. While the open-plan layout is popular with contemporary designs, traditional designs placed importance in smaller sections.

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Why you should care

Pay homage to Asian and Oriental cultural with design and decor while maintaining a modern look.

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