Asian culture has always been greatly influential in how we design our homes. Elements of it come in trends. Once it was Feng Shui, now it’s Marie Kondo.
What you most need to remember of Asian interior design is the element of simplicity, boldness, the power of nature, and a calm atmosphere. But if you need more, read on for our picks of how you can incorporate Asian interior design elements into your home.
A beautiful backdrop
Asian design is greatly inspired by colors and the influence of nature. Fiery reds and burnt oranges, icy whites, and calm blues all make an appearance and are chosen for the feeling they typically evoke.
So, it’s not unusual to see decorations that mimic nature, from a bonsai tree plant, or glowing paper lantern lighting, to smooth standing rocks and bamboo blinds.
Against all these colors and textures, and in keeping with the minimalist element of Asian design, most walls are simple. White is the go-to, but you can go for other neutral tones like cream or brown. There is also the option of embracing the bare wall, allowing a nice brick to show through.
A water feature
The name of the game is “Zen”. Everything you chose to put in your home should make it a place of relaxation because after all, isn’t that the point? The western world is a little slow on the uptake in that department, but when mental health is a rising priority and stress driving people to seek help, maybe one step towards feeling a little saner is to make your home as stress-free as possible.
Water is a great way of creating an atmosphere of equilibrium. There’s a reason so many of us sleep with the window open on a rainy night. The sound of flowing water, according to Feng Shui, is both harmonious and positive, and can you really disagree?
You don’t need to spend a small fortune. A small water feature sitting on a shelf can really add to the ambiance of your home. Reflecting pools also make for great additions to any garden with its calming influence, and you won’t worry about the kids falling in.
A minimalist touch
If it’s one thing the western world knows of eastern design, it’s that less is more. Marie Kondo throwing away anything that doesn’t “bring joy” has prompted more of us to declutter our home and our designs, creating a sleek look that doesn’t give a headache when you look at it.
It can only add to the Zen of a room to focus on clean and well-defined straight lines, simple furniture, and bold colors. Greatly influenced by Japanese styles, they are easy to incorporate into any setting with a few changes. The first major one would be to get rid of your clutter as soon as possible. Maybe the best interior design tip isn’t to buy an ornament or new lights, but to invest in some storage without glass. Anything that can be put away should be.
An eco-friendly design
On top of maybe prompting, you to own fewer material possessions, the minimalist design emphasizes organic and sustainable decorative choices. Bamboo blinds can replace traditional drapes, woven tatami mats, standing rocks, and potted plants are all more environmentally friendly means of decorating, and in turn, often a lot more cost-effective.
You take your decorations from nature, rather than a store shelf, saving you money and stress in the process.
A fusion of styles
Singapore is a tale of two cities, despite being a city-country-island. The glass skyscrapers make for a beautiful skyline that will make your eyes water, but they are scattered amongst ornate houses that look like tiny temples. Singapore knows something about fusing styles, being a popular ex-pat option due to its appreciation for tech and the English language, but also a product of the many countries surrounding it.
Their style is an appreciation of Asian culture and Western styles. There will be simple and block colors surrounding a focal point, but that might be the latest wide-screen TV. You’ll also see ornate art installations, a variety of lighting options, and a long, leafy plant to keep the stresses of city living at bay.
Singapore apartments often come serviced, with the fee as part of your rent, and come standard with facilities like swimming pools, gyms, and communal barbecue areas so that you can really take advantage of the tropical weather.
If the homes of Singapore interest you enough, you can check HDB resale prices.
The Asian style can be very simple to implement if your home is already one of neutral-toned walls. All you need is a major-decluttering and to go out into the world and find nature.