Think of the draped, makeshift doorways of a busy outdoor markets or the costume of a belly dancer. Colorful fabrics are also a staple in Middle Eastern decor. You can implement your own colorful fabrics as sheer curtains, valences or used as a canopy to dress up a tall ceiling. Bronze or gold metal antique oil lamps, candle sticks or framed mirrors are a throwback to earlier Arabian eras and can give your home a more traditional Middle Eastern vibe. Select a set of intricately designed bronze candle holders or outdoor lanterns to add to the atmosphere. A cozy pallet draped in soft carpets and pillows can be a great addition to any home – specifically for dinner parties and other gatherings. Create a ring of cushions around a low table topped with a traditional hookah pipe for a relaxing experience that is truly Middle Eastern.
Asian Inspired Colors. Black and red are two colors that spring to mind when furnishing in an Asian inspired style. These colors are often found in Chinese inspired interiors. The color red is supposed to bring good luck and happiness according to Chinese traditions. For a dramatic Asian-inspired room, red works especially well. You need just one piece to give the room a jolt of color and drama. If red is not your color, black works very well to anchor a room. This is especially true when you are furnishing in a style that leans more towards a Japanese style because then most colors will be in shades of gray, tan, green or leaning towards neutral. Use brighter, richer colors for accent. Gold and silver can also be used for accent, and you will often find them in surface treatments such as gold or silver leaf or paint, or in beautifully designed hardware.
The lovely pinks of cherry blossoms, ravishing reds and luxurious purples are all an integral part of the Oriental style. If you are opting for a Chinese-inspired decorating style, these colors become an absolute must. For those who love a hint of mystic charm, carefully placed subtle black hues are the ideal choice. Another visually spellbinding option is to combine the soft neutral backdrop with exquisite golden tones to create a majestic living room. With gold being touted as one of the hottest colors this winter, it makes a trendy, fashionable statement as well. One motif you'll almost always find in an Asian-inspired room is nature. Whether it's scenes of landscapes, florals or animal life; small sculptures or collectibles; or an actual gathering of plants, driftwood or other natural materials; bringing the natural world inside creates a feeling of peace and harmony throughout the space. The gorgeous traditional bird and floral mural shown here certainly adds impact to the room.
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