Ever since Marco Polo traveled from Europe to the Far East there has been a fascination for all things oriental. East Asia, in particular, has captured the imagination of western designers and artists. From the opulent luxury of the former Chinese Emperors to the elegant designs of Japanese homes, the orient has plenty of history from which new designs can be inspired.
Why not make over your bedroom to evoke a little eastern promise? A Japanese or Chinese inspired design makes for a great guest bedroom look, too. If you have decided it is time to redecorate a bedroom in your home, go for an Asian inspired décor that makes a calming and restful place to rest after a long day.
A simple measure to take with a bedroom that is to take its design cues from the orient is to choose the right headboard for your bed. A wooden headboard that has Chinese design cues, such as panelling with dragons and oriental flowers is ideal. Converting one from a Chinese screen, or even a window frame, is a good idea if you cannot find exactly the right sort of headboard. Set your bed at a low level to complement your headboard choice and set it off the look with a Chinese style stool. Keep your color palette restrained but don’t worry about a splash of red and gold here and there. For a modern Chinese look, go minimalist. Use plain white walls and a paper shade around your light fitting.
East Asian Bedroom Furniture.
Plenty of general furniture retailers stock Asian style furniture. You are unlikely to find that you need to go to a specialist shop in order to get the oriental style products that will complement the décor of your room. Use an old style and distressed looking trunk as a store for your blankets and bedding.
Set it against to the side, under an Eastern wall covering, or at the foot of your bed. An occasional chair, in an oriental style, will also add to the look of the room. If your room is to maintain or more contemporary look, then add a pair of symmetrically placed floor cushions, instead of more permanent furniture.
Eastern style rugs make for a great accessory in your orient-inspired bedroom. Try to find a matching pair of runners and a throw that can sit over your bedspread to get the look just right. Hang a mandala, or Buddhist circle, over your bed to create a sense of calm. Alternatively some Eastern artwork, or an ornamental fan, will look great set above your bed. Select some pillows and cushion covers that evoke classic Chinese designs, like vases and other porcelains. Complete the look of your bedroom with some paper lanterns set on top of your bedside cabinets.
Japanese Sleeping Quarters.
The distinctive look of a traditional Japanese home makes for a great looking bedroom. Use sliding doors, wherever possible. If it is impractical to make an entire screened wall slide back, create the illusion of a Japanese room by adding false screens. These paper screens look great when lit from behind. Add some traditional Japanese imagery, like pictures of samurai warriors. Keep your floor space clear and uncluttered. Complete the look of a Japanese bedroom with some traditional calligraphy hung over the bed or on the opposing wall.
A good material to use in you East Asian bedroom design is bamboo. There are plenty of beds, and other bedroom furniture, that are constructed in this hard wearing material. Bamboo is a great wood to use for blinds and screens. It can be made into weaves and reeds that are excellent for covering surfaces. A trendy look, that will compliment the décor of an oriental bedroom, is to use bamboo reed as a wall covering. Finish off your newly designed bedroom by adding a plant in a simple pot. Of course, a bamboo plant will set the room off to the best effect.