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Design by Katie Leavy

"Peace and vitality are the hallmarks of Asian interior design style."

Though various decorative styles originate on the world’s largest continent, the Asian interior design style has largely been influenced by Chinese and Japanese culture. If your life is hectic and you've been wishing for an interior style that promotes serenity, this Oriental approach may be the one for you. The Asian style carries a strong emphasis on peace and order.

Elements of Oriental interior design style have been incorporated into European style techniques for centuries. This influence can be seen in blue and white porcelain that plays into the Scandinavian look. And don’t forget the graphic Toile de Jouy fabric long used from casual to elegant settings in Europe.

Chinese interior design tends to be very graphic and opulent in its expression. Japanese style interior design has more of a minimalist, restrained nature.

Wood and bamboo are the natural choice of materials used with Asian interior design style. Use softer colors like off white, stone, parchment and mellow gray for a Japanese style effect. Use jewel tones of ruby, gold, sapphire and emerald along with ebony (black) if you want to emphasize Chinese style.

Wall treatments are typically plain colored in a Japanese styled space. On the other hand, for a Chinese approach try some large, painted panels with elaborate scenes from nature or Chinese cultural history.

Floors look best finished with wood, cork or bamboo products. Ceramic or stone tiling is also a option. Choosing a area rug made of natural materials like sisal and coir works well in an Asian inspired environment.

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Style tips:

- Consider Japanese style interior design especially if your space is surrounded by contemporary architecture. Its minimalist approach is a perfect compliment.

- Inject an oriental feel into your space by incorporating a lacquered wooden screen that displays a flamboyant Chinese design. Or choose a beautiful Shoji screen for a more streamlined Asian atmosphere.

- Windows are often left plain in an Asian interior. However, if privacy is a concern, consider a simple roll-up blind of natural material like bamboo, for example.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at  marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

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