A Fusion of Styles. We did talk earlier about how popular Asian themes are in reality a fusion of several different styles. It is important to know each style and its distinct elements before you make a choice regarding which one suits your home the best. The Japanese design style is innately simple, minimalist, and one that is closest to nature and its many hues. If you are a looking to add the essence of Zen to your residence, this is the theme for you. Traditional Chinese decor is far more opulent, expansive and grand with regal reds, lavish gold, captivating jade and plush purple tones. The typical Indian style is a colorful, unabashed celebration of life showcasing traditional Indian motifs and cultural icons. In case you are trying to create a fusion of Asian styles, it is best to stick to Japanese interior influences in the public spaces and opt for indulgent Chinese designs and colors in the bedroom. Add a few art pieces and rich textiles from an Indian backdrop and you have a truly Asian style.
Materials and Colors. There is a variety of materials used in transitional furniture. You may say it is greater in variety than either traditional or modern styles, but all material is treated with restraint. Wood is generally lighter in color than traditional furniture, because the look is never dark and brooding. However darker finishes may be used, as well as painted finishes. Metal, glass, and wood are often used together in different combinations. But you will not find sleek metal, glass or acrylic on its own as in contemporary furniture. Very often these materials will be used to add detail. Leather is one of the most popular materials in transitional furniture. Distressed leather is also used often. The idea is to have furniture that is casual and comfortable, and yet shows some semblance of formality. Textured fabric such as ultrasuedes, corduroys, and chenilles are often used. Since color is generally subdued, texture is often used to create interest. Fabric colors in transitional style furniture are often neutral and toned down. Olives, taupes, creamy whites, and tans are some of the colors that are used often.
Decorative wall finish. There are many options. For example, you can use wallpaper with a pattern that simulates the skin of reptiles or color of wild animals. You can combine the wallpaper using plain plaster-like one with textured one, simulating exotic leather. And you can just paint the walls in warm or even white color. To add some brightness, you can make a curb that has African ornament or it may simply be of a paper or painted in different colors. By the way, the walls can be decorated with painted silhouettes of animals. Also, as an option, you can add nobility to the walls through a grid of thin cracks, imitating African soil which is cracked by the drought. You can do this by using two paint colors. One of them would be accentual and the other would be dominant. You will also need a Craquelure special lacquer and proficiency in cracuele technique and skills which are performed on the plaster and paint. In addition, the use of plaster is another option walls. Even better, plaster artificially “wear”. Sometimes part of the walls are lined with African fabric patterns and, if it's bathroom or kitchen, the wall mosaic or tiles with imitation reptile skin texture would be perfect.
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