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Asian-themed rooms are becoming quite popular because of one simple reason. They evoke a sense of calm, and people can relax in them after a long and busy day. Human beings can truly rest only when they feel safe and calm, and that’s exactly what a properly designed Asian-inspired room brings.
Don’t think that making your room seem Oriental oriented is not a dangerous task. Since Asian designs are mainly inspired by the colors of nature which can sometimes be very bright, there’s always a risk that you’ll make your room seem kitschy instead of beautiful. Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can create an Asian-inspired room without having to worry about that.
First of all, you need to ask yourself what exactly do you want to achieve in your room. Asia is not a country, it’s a continent and a home to many nations, but most of us think China, India or Japan when talking about Asia. Mix the styles from all those countries, and create an amazing room.
Let’s take a look at some tips that’ll help you design a room you’ll be proud of.
Choosing the right base color for an Asian-oriented room is the most important step. Since Asian decorations are made to mimic calm and scenic landscapes, it’s best to choose a neutral color that won’t distract people from enjoying the decorations.
White, cream, light blue, and light green colors are perfect for these types of rooms, so choose one of them if you want to create a soothing atmosphere in the room.
Add a hint of color
Asian, especially Indian styles are rich with color, and an Asian-themed room can only be complete with vibrant accent hues that stand out. Use purple, red and luxurious green to make the details pop. Of course, you don’t need to paint the furniture in these colors. Just put some marvelous decorative pillows here and there, and add curtains of the same color.
A word that is thrown around often when it comes to designing Asian-themed rooms is balance, but it’s not used in vain. Achieving a balance is important because balance is often key in making a room that radiates calmness.
If your room is completely empty, add some natural stone decorations, glass partitions, and bamboo or cork flooring. As you can see, when it comes to balance, it’s not all about the colors, but also about using different textures that complement each other well.
Add water to your room
While you can simply put a fish tank in the room, a much better option for an Oriental-themed room would be to install a small fountain, or even add a small, reflective pool. According to Feng Shui, the sound of water is incredibly calming, and it will bring positivity and harmony into your room.
Water installations can also be a focal point of the room, so if you’re planning on adding a water feature to it think about what exactly you’re trying to achieve. Place a fountain or a pool in the center of the room if the room is big, but if it’s small, place them in the corner.
Add a rug
If you don’t want to install a pool or a fountain, then you should put a rug in your room. A rug can either make or break an Asian-themed room, so consider all options before buying one. Fortunately, we live in a world where buying colorful rugs is easier than ever before. You don’t have to wait for a merchant from Asia to come to your city – you can simply order them online.
Before making a purchase, draw a rough sketch of your room with the dimensions noted and all furniture placed. Write down the color of furniture too and then start exploring your options. Find a rug that’ll make your room seem more spacious if the room is small, but don’t be afraid to buy a colorful rug if the room is huge.
Go minimal if that’s what you want
Even though Asian-themed rooms are almost always big, bright and decorated with tiny statues, plants and scented candles, you can also opt to make a sleek and straightforward Asian-themed room.
Japanese furniture is often very minimalistic, with straight cuts and straight-defined lines, and using it to create a room that seems minimalistic is a wise choice. You can decorate this type of room with scented sticks and bonsai trees. Anything else would make the room seem cluttered.
No matter what you do, keep in mind that the little details tend to make a big difference in an Asian-themed room. If you’re not sure that you’ll feel great in a room decorated in Oriental style, don’t decorate it at once. Start by adding small statues of Buddha, scented candles, plants and Asian scroll paintings. Let your mind decide over time. As Lao Tzu said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”