Asian Inspired Bedrooms: 7 Ideas For An Asian Theme Bedroom
There's something irresistible about Asian inspired bedrooms, and they're very popular in European decorating. With almost 50 Asian countries to choose from, there's plenty of inspiration for everyone! This page focuses on ideas from Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. (More Asian theme bedroom ideas here!)
Asian Inspired Bedrooms #1: Creating A Japanese Look
This calm 'zen bedroom' was designed for an old industrial loft. The room avoids an overload of Japanese references - apart from an art print, a Japanese fan and an antique chest of drawers, nothing disturbs the clean lines and muted white-écru-brown-brick color scheme of this Asian theme bedroom.
You can create an instant Japanese touch with elegant, minimalist shoji screens. They're not very difficult to build: check out these SHOJI books on Amazon!
You could go further and combine the distinctly Japanese look of shoji screens with the equally strong cultural reference of tatami mats. In Japan, these mats are traditionally used as floor coverings, but the West has come up with tatami platform beds to evoke a Japanese spirit in Asian inspired bedrooms.
Here are a few examples of 'Japanese style' platform bed designs:
Shoji screens in place of headboards are great for creating atmosphere and a restrained, clean, organized 'Zen' aesthetic.
TIP: Install spotlights or tube lighting between the shoji screen and the wall, close to the floor. Point the light upwards so it 'washes' the wall. It will reflect through the screen and spread a soft sheen over your Asian theme bedroom.
THis Asian style bedroom has a beautiful neutralcolor scheme, a lovely variety of textures and a superbly simple bed frame. To increase the calm meditative spirit of the room, replace the large scale artwork with a simple Japanese scroll.
TIP: Don't feel you have to use tatami mats anywhere. They can look contrived in a Western setting. A handsome, textured wall-to-wall natural fiber carpet like this one perfectly embodies the spirit of an Asian theme bedroom. (More about this below!
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Asian fretwork screens are widely available in the Western world, and they're a simple means to add character to your Asian theme bedroom. If you own an antique piece carved out of wood or stone, make sure you install it center stage:
Asian screens can also add great flair to non-Asian bedroom decorating. Here's an airy bedroom-cum-office/study from Sweden, all-white and thoroughly contemporary. But imagine how bland this room would look without the screen!
Using Color In Zen Interiors: Neutral Color Schemes - The
Book: Neutral color palettes are a perfect fit for many Asian inspired bedrooms, but they're not as straightforward as many people think. Understand what makes neutral color schemes look their best, and what happens when you mix neutral color palettes with more saturate decorating colors.
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