Multifunctional furniture is a big component of Asian style. Futons can be used for sitting and as beds. Screens serve a decorative purpose and to divide areas and provide privacy. Small chests serve as nightstands and receptacles for personal effects, while also providing a surface that can serve as a small table. Futons have almost become ubiquitous today. Some retain their Asian looks, others do not. Properly speaking the word futon refers to the pad that can be rolled up and put away when it is no longer needed. This futon pad from West Elm is very Asian in its sensibility, and a boon for small spaces as well. Room dividers or folding screens are frequently used in Asian interiors. You can choose from intricately detailed and brightly colored screens to simple paper screens when it comes to room dividers. The intricately decorated ones may have accents or entire areas of gold and silver with black, red or other jewel tones. However if your Asian style room calls for a more simple treatment, there are plenty of choices in that as well. This version of a traditional Japanese shoji screen room divider has woven jute panels with the jute providing added textural interest and the tightly woven jute blocks light, adding to its functionality.
Mediterranean furniture style. This style originated in countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, and is often referred to today as "Spanish modern." Mediterranean-style furniture ranges from simply functional to extremely formal. Pieces are short, with ornately turned legs and feet; hardware is heavy and often burnished. Walls are predominantly textured. A bullnose edge is a common design detail on countertops and fireplace mantels. Here's how the style breaks down: Colors: Mediterranean colors echo those of the sea and sky and, depending on the region, can also include warm terra cotta, lavender and yellow. Tile: Mosaic tile designs embody the beauty of a Mediterranean interior. Bring the designs into your home on the floor or a kitchen backsplash or on something you can take with you if you move, like a mirror frame or a tabletop. You can also simulate the look of tile with a stenciled mosaic border on floors, walls or furniture.
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.
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