4 Common Asian Style Elements to Incorporate into Your Apartment

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4 Common Asian Style Elements to Incorporate into Your Apartment

Staff Writer · Sep 16, 2010

If you enjoy a a clutter-free environment, than an Asian style of decorating is one decorating theme to explore. Not to be confused with the minimalist decorating style, the common elements of Asian style decorating reflect elegance and tradition, while promoting simplicity at the same time. You won’t need to get rid of most of your things, but you will have to arrange and organize the apartment in such a way that the only items you see are what can add to the function and style of the room. Here are 4 Asian style elements to incorporate into your apartment:

1. Bold Colors

Expect to use bold colors for paint, wallpaper or furniture accessories. The most common colors are red, yellow or black and white. For example, if you’re attracted to the Chinese style of decorating, then red walls with a gold trim is perfect for the Asian style look you want to create. However, if you lean more to the Japanese decor, then yellow surrounded by neutral colors like brown or tan will give you great looking results. Another option for colors in a Japanese style theme is black and white. Whichever look you choose, keep the walls plain, which means sponge painting and textured wallpaper are not good choices for this decorating style.

2. Wood

Part of the simplistic theme includes using wood for furniture. This is good news for you if you love yard sales or antique shops. Wood furniture is widely available, and you can find great deals on heavy pieces that other renters don’t want to move. However, cleaning and maintaining certain types of wood furniture, like oak furniture, takes some knowledge so that you don’t destroy it. Some ideas for wood furniture that work well in an Asian style decor include:

  • Chest of drawers
  • Trunks
  • Room dividers
  • Beds
  • Chairs and stools
  • Coffee and end tables

Keep in mind that you want to create as much space as possible in the room to remain true to an Asian style decor. Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture, but instead seek ways to get many uses out of each furniture and keep it to a minimum.

3. Porcelain Pieces

It’s important to think beyond print artwork and framed photos when you want art pieces to compliment an Asian decorating style. Porcelain pieces compliment this decorating style well. Place porcelain objects on stairways, on or around a fireplace mantle, inside of a non-working fireplace (if the piece is over-sized) or on end tables.

4. Window Blinds

Use bamboo or wood window blinds instead of plastic ones to enhance your Asian style decor. These are easy to install, and are available at any local or online store that sells window blinds. You can also purchase cheaper blinds that look like wood blinds to create the same look for less money, such as faux wood blinds.

These are 4 common Asian style elements that are easy for you to incorporate into your apartment. Enjoy the elegance and space that you create when you implement all of these.

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