Asian-Inspired Home Design Trends In 2015
Interior design trends are ever-changing; the prevailing theme this year is simply “to be yourself” or infuse interiors with trademarks of your personality. That can be easier said than done, and some of us (and there is no shame in it!) still need a little direction. If you are especially passionate about traveling, for example, it is common to incorporate elements of other cultures into your home. Asian-inspired design is particularly popular; here are a few ways to make it happen:
It’s In The Details
Relatively small accent or decor pieces can make a big difference. The key is to select a few that will standout, without overdoing it. Cover windows with bamboo shades, or a simple color palette with a bamboo plant and a large paper lantern as one of the focal points of the room.
Feng Shui Homes
Let’s say you want to make it subtle. Try decorating and arranging your home according to the principles of feng shui. For example: “Choose the feng shui colors according to the energy you need and bring them into your space with wall color, art, photography, or various decor items,” About.com writes. For the most part, that entails bringing together interiors with colors representing “the five feng shui elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood,” About.com continues. That can be achieved by mixing “fire elements” (something red, pink, or orange) with metal (Water), and sandy colors (Earth).
Invest In An Ever-Versatile Oriental Rug
Oriental or Persian rugs (also called Persian oriental rugs) go a long way back — possibly even to about 224 to 641 CE, according to early documents. One of the reasons they are still a popular choice today is that they can work with a variety of design and color schemes. They can look cozy in rustic interiors, or high class in others. Oriental rug repair and oriental rug cleaning, moreover, is straightforward and painless. Local oriental rug dealers recommend keeping these rugs out of direct sunlight and moving things around periodically to avoid permanent furniture indentations.
Asian-inspired interiors are growing in popularity. Get started on yours with simple Asian accents, arrange homes according to the principles of feng shui, or consider oriental rug repair for that old rug that’s been hidden away in the closet.