Photo Gallery: Asian-Inspired Rooms
Design inspiration from the Far East.
“Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s Los Angeles, California entry, enveloped in cherry blossom wallpaper from Clarence House, is welcoming, classic, and of course beautiful,” says Courtney Barnes, designer and author of the popular Style Court blog. “But some of the unexpected elements are a nod to her passion for eccentricities. For example, the bold red stair runner and the sheep by the door. These really add personal warmth.”
See more of Barnes’ design picks in our gallery.
Express your inner rebel with a riot of clashing colours and bold patterns. Chinoiserie wallpaper mixes with a camp-style red point blanket to offer appealing tension and an upholstered headboard gets an edgy update with nailhead detailing. Classic lampshades, while still pleated and pretty, swap out more staid shades for exotic brights. Bits of gold detailing throughout add a dose of traditional glamour.
Lit by handsome tall original sash windows, this spare bedroom is home to an early-1800s teak village bed that was shipped back from Rajasthan, India. En route, it lost its tiles and broke to bits. It was reassembled in London by a master joiner, and homeowner Alistair Green scoured the city to find new tiles.
Practise the Japanese art of display by creating a balanced composition, using only a few items against a blank white canvas. Pair light and dark objects and straight lines with curves. Using Japanese tape to hang small pieces of art makes the vignette informal and easy to change around.