As soon as you walk into an Oriental inspired room something changes. It is as if inside you there is a switch that has now been turned to a new setting: RELAXATION. Tranquillity is at the heart of Oriental design which is why this is the decorating scheme choice of many. Referring to oriental design interiors usually means designs influenced by China and Japan and sometimes Thailand. Chinese inspired interiors tend to be vibrant and colourful. Rooms are often decorated in red and/or black and furniture is dark. You also see black lacquer furniture and chinoiserie.
Chinese art work is seen on wallpaper, cushions, murals, curtains, paintings, vases, folding screens, silk cloth, furniture and bamboo scrolls. Chinese art is a lot like calligraphy and is done in ink using paint brushes. The art work shows a depiction of landscapes, branches with tiny flowers. birds, dragons and people in traditional Chinese costumes.
Japanese inspired design is different as it tends to use neutral and nature colours such as beige, brown, grey and green. The furniture is low to the ground with legs of furniture often being curved. You will sometimes also see cushions on the floor. Japanese is more minimalistic then Chinese. The philosophy being to have only what is necessary. That philosophy even extends to the indoor walls which is why you often see sliding doors in homes in Japan to open up the space. A lot of natural elements are also used in Japanese design such as bamboo rugs or flooring, bonsai plants and water features.
If Oriental design appeals to you, you can incorporate it into your home. This especially works well if you have a modern house. The most important aspects to keep in mind are colour, space and balance. While western design groups objects into threes, oriental design is symmetrical. Think of one lamp on each side of a console for instance or have a look at the symmetry in this Thai inspired living-room.