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East Meets West: Asian Inspired Interiors

Living Room with an Oriental Flair via Paint and PatternEastern-style frescoes featured in Walls

Every month on Paint + Pattern, we showcase a particular country or continent whose history and style impact global design on a daily basis. We also offer the haute-est ways you can incorporate these styles into your own spaces, either by inspiration or via our exclusive tutorials. Last month, we featured the exotic beauty of India’s architecture, fashion, textiles, artisans and interiors. Join us this month as we travel throughout the continent of Asia and discover some of the most inspiring art, pattern and design gems found in the Orient.

From zen retreats to Chinoiserie chic, it’s East meets West as the historic Asian inspired designs are strongly influencing contemporary spaces. It’s a design style where architectural details and interior decoration live in harmony with one another. Warm woods, exotic details, geometric patterns and painted ornamentation are also harbingers of this evocative style. Slip into a peaceful, elegant state as we take a look at some of our favorite Asian inspired interiors with a beautiful Oriental flair.

Homeof designer Hakan Ezer via Paint and PatternDesign by Hakan Ezer

Bathroom Interiors with an Oriental Flair via Paint and PatternSummer Palace Chinoiserie Landscape by Osborne & Little Wallcoverings

Interiors with an Oriental Flair, tea-room via Paint and PatternArchitectural Digest

Although some very modern turns can be taken with Asian design, some prefer maintaining with tradition. These can include a circular entryway as an intriguing architectural detail, using the historic red, black & gold color palette as well as tranquil elements – for instance, a Japanese teahouse – within the home’s design. These organic combinations of history and the now make for a very pleasing contemporary space.

Timoty Whealon entryway decorate with Chinoiserie wallpaper via Paint and PatternDesign by Timothy Whealon

Orange Chinoiserie wallpaper via Paint and PatternBetter Homes and Gardens

Living room interiors with an Oriental Flair via Paint and PatternBig Easy Style

Mixing traditional and Asian elements within available surfaces creates a sophisticated, eclectic look.  The walls of a space are perfect for adding an unexpected cultural flair with Chinoiserie or a simple yet sophisticated hand painted mural. Fabrics, furniture and wall art are small in size, but can add a big design punch by using oriental designs, like geometric fretwork and cherry blossoms. According to the Chinese culture, balancing the energies of the ornamental and the natural will not only bring harmony to your living space, it will also add strong harmony to your life.

Artesian bar with an Oriental Flair via Paint and PatternThe Artesian Bar via Hotel Chic

Interiors with Oriental Flair Photographed by Stephen Karlisch via Paint and PatternDesign by Martensen Jones Interiors

Muriel Brandolini interiors with an Oriental flair via Paint and PatternDesign by Muriel Brandolini

Bedroom interiors with an Oriental Flair via Paint and PatternPagoda Road Fabric by Calico

Cultural elements such as Chinese lanterns and pagodas have been used to inspire gorgeous décor elements such as light fixtures, wallcoverings and textiles.

Interiors with an Oriental flair by Alberto Pinto via Paint and PatternDesign by Alberto Pinto

There are few design styles quite as relaxing (and invigorating!) as a modern home with an Asian twist. Crisp, clean lines and patterns pull in familiar Asian elements while finishes such as lacquers and gilding, studied for years by master artisans, pull in a more exotic element. We hope these spaces have inspired you to conjure up the rich, exotic romance of the East!

If you would like to explore and discover how an Orient wall decor would look like in your home,  perhaps you could start by experimenting and exploring with Royal Design Studio’s beautiful Japanese Stencils Collection or the Chinese Stencils Collection.

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