Fragrance of Nature. Think beyond the decor itself to fashion a more authentic Asian-themed interior. Sandalwood incense, scented candles and beautiful wind chimes elevate the Oriental feel to a whole new level. Add to this a few potted plants and shrubs that bring in nature's goodness and you will instantly notice the transformation of the modern home into a comforting and serene hub. Both sound and aroma play a critical part in shaping our perception of various settings and in making the room a far more pleasant space. They also do not demand any repainting of the walls or renovation of your home and redefine the aesthetics in a cost-effective manner. Sleek Minimalism, clean and well-defined straight lines, minimalist decorations and sleek symmetry are all a natural part of Asian design influenced by a Japanese style. These elements allow you to effortlessly incorporate the theme into a contemporary setting with a few simple furniture and color changes. Borrowing from Feng Shui values that have been tried and tested for centuries now, clutter is an absolute no-no, and Asian themes encourage you to surround yourself with only the things that you absolutely love.
Known to be the cradle of civilization, the Middle East is a region steeped in ancient culture and religion – much of which has survived to the present day. It's also an area in which multiple influences meet to create colorful and flavorful styles of art, architecture and interior décor. From the markets of Morrocco and the beaches of Israel to the deserts of Iran, there is plenty of beautiful sights and styles for home design inspiration. Here are some easy ways to implement a Middle Eastern touch. One of the most easily recognizable Middle Eastern (and particularly Islamic) artistic traits is geometric patterns. From the shape of the buildings to the prints in fabrics and artwork, geometric patterns are everywhere. You can add these patterns to your home in the form or area rugs, throw pillows or a piece of framed wall art.
Convey the feel of a French Polynesian bungalow with furniture made from teak, bamboo or banana leaf. Furniture made from rattan, wicker or water hyacinth also imparts a tropical feel. Include layers of organic texture with items made from woven seagrass such as area rugs, baskets, chairs and headboards. Provide an extra layer of privacy when needed with matchstick blinds on windows. Plantation-style shutters work well with wood paneling. Grasscloth wallpaper is another option for adding texture and color to walls. Bring in a touch of Tahitian culture with colorful, hand printed pareus. Pareus are brightly colored sheets of fabric that can be wrapped around one's body and worn as a simple dress or draped across a bed, the back of a sofa or the arm of a chair for a splash of color and pattern. Hang a collection of authentic wood Polynesian tiki masks or display carved tiki sculptures on a table or shelf. Hang a framed Polynesian tapa on the wall. Tapas are paintings on fabric, traditionally used as celebration dance dresses depicting tattooed heiva dancers, Marquesan women, aquatic animals and traditional Marquesan tattoo motifs. In lieu of traveling to French Polynesia to acquire these tribal treasures, look for them online.
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