by Giorgina Devereaux
Asian decor and furniture encompass design elements from
Japanese Interior Decorating
The soothing feel of Japanese home decor is achieved via the use of natural materials (bamboo and stone), soft colors (gray, brown, green), floral patterns, indoor water features for a tranquil effect, and tatami or goza mats for the floors.
Tatami are straw mats edged in cloth that measure 3’ x 6’. They have colored borders and are used for walking, sitting, and sleeping.
It is comprised of two separate layers; one layer is the straw center and the other layer is the soft reed outer edge covered in cloth.
and accessories have clean lines and are designed for living near the
floor of the room.
Another thing to
consider adding to a room is a Kotatsu table, which is a rectangular
table in a dark finish with clean lines.
dividers and doors, you
can use translucent fusuma or shoji screens.
For added beauty and
elegance, incorporate a
floral arrangement such as orchids and bonsai in the room.
color red is widely used and viewed as a symbol of good luck.
accessories, the use of porcelain ginger
jars, large vases, and fish pots painted with intricate patterns in
various colors or in classic blue and white is common in Chinese
use of screens is another element prevalent in Chinese interior design
because they are decorative and functional, adding elegance while
Lastly, many Chinese
interior design and Asian decorating principles
are founded on
Feng Shui, which is the arrangement of space to generate
a harmonious environment and attract the positive “chi” or energy into
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