Steering clear of the mainstream wood-and-white Scandinavian design, the homeowners of this 1,800sqf condominium apartment in Joo Chiat went for a rustic, oriental style that reflected their personalities instead.
“I wanted a house with a good blend of Chinese and Western designs, a sort of Chinoiserie chic,” says this homeowner, who is also a fengshui practitioner.
The dining room also make use of lovely gold accents in the light fixture as well as the place settings.
Again, shine surfaces contrast with matte finishes for a balance of styles.
Sculptural lighting design, like the luxurious chandelier in this living room, is actually another popular feature of Asian design.
The low seating in this dining room is a modern take on the tradition of floor seating that is found in many Asian cultures, including Japan. A low stool is not the same as a cushion on the floor, but it has a similar effect.
Beautiful dining pendants keep up with the asian vibe.
A Mondrian print brings the antique dining set into the 21st century.
Immediately, we are struck by the use of live plants indoors, the lush greenery showing reverence to nature.
One popular misconception is that Asian styles are bereft of any vivid and rich hues, while in reality the truth is exactly the opposite! An Asian-themed interior is truly complete only with vibrant accent hues that stand out when placed in a calm, neutral setting. The lovely pinks of cherry blossoms, ravishing reds and luxurious purples are all an integral part of the Oriental style. If you are opting for a Chinese-inspired decorating style, these colors become an absolute must.
Indeed, it is that soothing, neutral palette that anchors this living room, with its vaulted ceiling and decorative lighting, in the Asian decor tradition.
The close working relationship and good communication between homeowner and designer resulted in a unique apartment that harmonises fengshui and interior design principles seamlessly.
Asian-style interiors instantly evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm. With most of us engrossed in a fast-paced urban lifestyle, it helps immensely when we can come back home to a peaceful abode that allows us to escape this never-ending rush. Asian-themed interiors accomplish this goal in inimitable style by ushering in harmony and balance. But creating an Asian-inspired room is much more than just adding a few distinct decorations. It takes care, precision and a clear thought process that allows you to do away with the unwanted additions.
The overhead view gives only a small taste of the opulence of this great room.
The simple colors, pulled from nature, at as a uniting force throughout the home, as seen here in the kitchen and breakfast table.
The gold and marble accents in the living room are a luxury touch that also aligns with the Asian inspiration in this home.
This three-bedroom condominium apartment houses many classical Chinese antiques placed against a contemporary backdrop to create a charming modern-oriental look.
In the master bedroom, the ornate headboard is actually a screen the husband acquired from Kashmir, and the Suzani (embroidered decorative textile) on the bed is from Uzbekistan, bought in Turkey.
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Bringing other cultures or time periods into your design decisions is one way to make your home stand out from your neighbors. Whether you have a personal tie to the Asian continent or simply admire the lines and colors that make up a modern “Asian-inspired” decorating scheme, there is plenty to mine from rich, Asian traditions. The homes featured in this post take their Asian inspiration and incorporate it into luxurious rooms, indulgent textures, and truly high-end spaces. Take a moment to learn a little bit more about how you can start to branch out into other cultures for your own beautiful and serene home.
Clean and well-defined straight lines, minimalist decorations and sleek symmetry are all a natural part of Asian design influenced by a Japanese style. These elements allow you to effortlessly incorporate the theme into a contemporary setting with a few simple furniture and color changes. Borrowing from Feng Shui values that have been tried and tested for centuries now, clutter is an absolute no-no, and Asian themes encourage you to surround yourself with only the things that you absolutely love!
The neutral color palette in this home is a bit warmer than the first, bringing in only a light blush in the area rug.
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More natural light, combined with simple, mid-century inspired furniture lend an elegance to the master bedroom.
Speaking of creating an atmosphere of equilibrium, water is another wonderful way of ushering in Asian style with ease and simplicity. The sound of flowing water is considered both harmonious and positive according to Feng Shui, and a small water feature in the entrance room, living area, or even in the backyard is a welcome addition. Reflecting pools make for amazing additions and have a calming influence that is undeniable.
This is one aspect of Asian design that is simply irresistible and should appeal to the eco-conscious homeowners out there. Smooth polished stones such as river rocks, sustainable bamboo blinds that replace the traditional drapes, intricately woven tatami mats, and potted plants and shrubs that bring in nature’s goodness tend to come together to paint that picture-perfect look. It’s the little details that tend to make a big difference to the ambiance of the room. Make sure you keep the accessories and furnishings as sustainable and organic as possible to induce a truly Asian vibe.
The natural light in this space is enviable and again pays tribute to the importance of nature in Asian design.
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Overhead timber beams and mirrors were introduced to visually disguise the uneven flooring and structural beams running across above the dining table while adapting the look of a traditional Chinese pavilion.
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While trying to plan for Asian-style interiors, the word ‘balance’ is something that you will come across time and time again. And we simply cannot overstate the importance of this singular aspect of oriental design. Balance is often the key defining aspect of an Asian theme. You need the right harmony of not just the colors but also different textures and elements that surround you. If your home is just one big block of concrete, think about adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, wooden floors, bamboo blinds and a few organic textures in a poised fashion.
For those who love a hint of mystic charm, carefully placed subtle black hues are the ideal choice. Another visually spellbinding option is to combine the soft neutral backdrop with exquisite golden tones to create a majestic living room. With gold being touted as one of the hottest colors this winter, it makes a trendy, fashionable statement as well.
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The second home feels somewhat similar to the first, using a similar color palette and highlighting vaulted ceilings in the main living area.
The lady of the house, who is Thai, prefers to shop from antique shops there; her purchases include the decorative vanity mirror and sink cabinet in the bathroom. The family also shopped from local stores with similar styles, such as Taylor B and Woody Antique House.
This homeowner has a great eye for antique Chinese furniture, and designed his home to complement the furniture’s clean, graceful profiles.
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The designers of this home combined oriental-inspired European designer pieces and actual antiques in the home.
Whether dramatic or understated, calming or classy, Asian themes offer an amazing way to give your home an impeccable and exclusive appeal. Keep an eye out for some oriental decor pieces next time you visit the thrift shop or the flea market so that you can redecorate on a budget. Get it right and you are guaranteed a tranquil getaway right at home!
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Finally, the natural wood grain in the bathroom draws the eye to the importance of nature in the particular luxury home.
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Think beyond the decor itself to fashion a more authentic Asian-themed interior. Sandalwood incense, scented candles and beautiful wind chimes elevate the Oriental feel to a whole new level. Add to this a few potted plants and shrubs that bring in nature’s goodness and you will instantly notice the transformation of the modern home into a comforting and serene hub. Both sound and aroma play a critical part in shaping our perception of various settings and in making the room a far more pleasant space. They also do not demand any repainting of the walls or renovation of your home and redefine the aesthetics in a cost-effective manner.
The design in this main living room uses organized lines to create its air of serenity.
White saloon-style swinging doors carved with an Oriental motif and a red wall highlight this Chinese fusion theme.
There is no nod to the low seating tradition in this luxury dining room, which instead embraces cushiony dining chairs.
The main living area of this home is quite literally the height of Asian-inspired luxury.
Natural light is allowed to stream in from virtually every angle, illuminating the greenery and bringing the outdoors inside.
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Lucute dining chairs and isimple black accessories call to mind the simplicity found in many traditional Japanese homes.
A movie set-like vignette is made up of a cluster of Chinese furniture which the homeowner bought in Hong Kong. The bright yellow wall behind contrasts with the dark rosewood furniture in a refreshing interpretation of the oriental style.
Lighting can make or break the look of your interior, regardless of the theme you have going. But in the case of Asian style, it adds to the entire visual and elegantly accentuates the theme. Stylish hanging paper lanterns, sculptural lighting installations and a few carefully placed candles go a long way in creating a home inspired by the Far East! For those looking to add a timeless decor addition that bridges the gap between the East and the West with a more modern silhouette, we suggest dipping into the stunning Akari Light Sculpture Collection from Isamu Noguchi.
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The typical Indian style is a colorful, unabashed celebration of life showcasing traditional Indian motifs and cultural icons. In case you are trying to create a fusion of Asian styles, it is best to stick to Japanese interior influences in the public spaces and opt for indulgent Chinese designs and colors in the bedroom. Add a few art pieces and rich textiles from an Indian backdrop and you have a truly Asian style!
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For those looking to add a water feature that is lively and effervescent, a beautiful koi pond is the way to go. Water features not only bring an element of fluidity, they can also double as stunning sculptural installations that become the focal point of the room.
Gold is another popular material in Asian design, particularly aged gold. While the sconces and fixtures in this house are new, they bring a bit of antique luxury to the space.
The main living area betrays a preference for a more modern style of luxury.
Asian designs and themes are largely inspired by the colors of nature, and often decorations mimic scenic landscapes and reinterpret natural colors to suit the interior. Hence, it is best to keep the backdrop as neutral as possible. That does not mean white is your only option. Gentle cream, understated light blues and even an elegant grey work just fine. Remember that you are going for a soothing backdrop that offers a relaxed and laid-back ambiance.
The Chinese lacquered vanity counter was adapted from a bookshelf
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After 10 years of travelling and collecting, this couple had amassed quite a sum of treasured possessions like vintage, oriental-style decor accessories and art from France, Spain, India, Turkey, China, the UK and Italy.
A second bedroom returns to a more serene palette but has plenty of textural interest with the area rug, bedding, and curtains.
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While this couple believes in feng shui, they didn’t want the home to look too traditionally Chinese. The designer translated his design concept from the couple’s auspicious colours and desire for something contemporary.
Balance is another important element of Asian design, in terms of color as well as texture. This living area has the softness of pills and throws but contrasts that with a slick marble floor and wooden tables.
If Asian-inspired decor could be summed up in a single word (which, of course, it cannot) it would be “calming.” The influence of such essential cultural touchstones as Buddhism demands color palettes that are ultimately tranquil and serene.
In the first bedroom, we get a pop of color in a Mondrian-inspired piece of art. Colors like red and yellow are quite popular in Asian decor.
At its core, Asian design is a fusion of several different styles that range from the Japanese and the Chinese to exotic Indian themes. Yet, for most, it is often dominated by oriental influences that have originated in the Far East several centuries ago. Here is how you can incorporate some of these mesmerizing elements into your own home design while keeping the fresh, contemporary vibe intact –
We did talk earlier about how popular Asian themes are in reality a fusion of several different styles. It is important to know each style and its distinct elements before you make a choice regarding which one suits your home the best. The Japanese design style is innately simple, minimalist, and one that is closest to nature and its many hues. If you are a looking to add the essence of Zen to your residence, this is the theme for you. Traditional Chinese decor is far more opulent, expansive and grand with regal reds, lavish gold, captivating jade and plush purple tones.
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Not too sure if your residence is cut out for an Asian theme? If you have a home that is already clad in cool neutral tones, then all you will need is a subtle decor change to test the waters out before committing to the theme. Small statues of laughing Buddha, decorative fans, Asian scroll paintings, a few jade statues, some oriental parasols, a shoji room divider or two, and throw pillow covers with Asian motifs should get the job done without forcing you to make permanent changes.
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