Though, like Peter Pan, I never wanted to grow up... I like the idea of having my own place and decorating my space according to free will. When browsing through home magazines, Pinterest and apps like Houzz- I grow excited at the plentiful possibilities when it comes to decorating my own home. So many ideas, the creativity spills over.
I tend to go for a slightly modern feel. Minimalism, clean. That's when I stumbled across Asian-inspired interior design. It has been popular for many years. In 2013, however, Asiatic design experienced a resurgence in popularity which led to it being tipped as the one of the year’s hottest new design trends. This popularity has continued into 2014, spilling over from the domiciles of the urban elite into the homes of everyday consumers looking to introduce a little color and flair into their homes.
To start, it’s important to remember that the term ‘Asiatic’ encompasses a multitude of different geographical locations and cultures therein. These include Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai, and many other Eastern countries all of which have their own unique traditions and histories. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that Asiatic home design can vary greatly, depending on the particular tastes and preferences of the individual. Learning more about these cultures will help to inform your own interior design ideas.
When incorporating Asian influences into your home, the easiest route to take would be to go for an imitative look which draws upon the bare minimum of cultural understanding. But for the true interior design connoisseur, this could never lead to satisfaction. Unlike Western design, it’s often the case that Asiatic design elements will each have their own particular symbolism and importance within the home, and should therefore be incorporated carefully and with thought into your own design aesthetic. It’s perfectly fine to source an Asiatic rug from a Western company such as Flooring by Design, but knowing how to place the rug – and why – will elevate your own décor from imitative to innovative. If you can talk about your design choices with authority, then you know you’ve made the right decision.
Asiatic design is renowned for having an inclusive, flowing aesthetic which runs seamlessly throughout the entire house. If you’re considering this type of design for your home, it’s important to understand that confining it to just one room may make your property look unbalanced. But Asiatic design can be as understated as it can overblown, and there are many ways to create a flowing look that don’t necessarily require you to undertake a complete home transformation.Consistency can be achieved in many ways, from the color of your walls to the type of wood you achieve for your furniture. And don’t forget about your garden – Asiatic influences can work really well outdoors in the form of bold rock gardens, soothing wind chimes or calming water features. The idea of being able to incorporate this simple, yet effective, style of design to not only my home, but also to the backyard as well, pleases me ever so much.
What are your ideas? :)