Photo Gallery: Asian-Inspired Rooms
Design inspiration from the Far East.
A bold bench, demi-lune table and black-painted door with windows add character and functionality.
“Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s Los Angeles, California entry, enveloped in Flowering Quince 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.
Chinese, Indian and English artifacts mix beautifully for a well-travelled look.
Original herringbone flooring and glass walls and roof endow this conservatory with unique period character. A big turn-of-the-century Chinese wedding cabinet offers a home for family clutter.
See more beautiful interiors with gorgeous flooring in our photo gallery.
Add interest by mixing and matching pieces found on world travels.
A black island provides a furniture-like focal point in this kitchen. Woven stools, kudu horns and a screen made of antique chinoiserie wallpaper also add a global feeling to the space. Pine wood floors look like bare wood when treated to a pickling stain, which helps imbue the space with a sense of airy lightness.
See the before photo plus other stunning before-and-after shots in our Bold Renovations gallery.
The simple shapes of on-trend global-style pendants imbue importance when hung en masse.
Punctured-tin light fixtures made in Cairo were rewired and hung asymmetrically over the dining table for a loose, romantic effect. Low-key chairs (covered in silk velvet) keep the sight lines open around the rosewood and hammered-nickel dining table. The buffet, an unexpected office credenza in silver lacquer, completes the vintage look. The walls were painted with a faint, distressed Saz-style motif.
Bring harmony to your space with hallmarks of Japanese design.
In Japan, black is considered a colour that is used to emphasize form. Look for shapely black items such as leggy cocktail tables or a curvy webbed chair. As a finishing touch, decorate white walls with traditional calligraphic scrolls; fashioned into a kimono and hung on a bamboo pole, their inky script becomes gorgeous graphic art.
Soothing lavender walls offset ornately patterned furniture.
Designer Katie Ridder layered this opulent living room with rich decor — a pair of inlaid Indian tables, a sofa upholstered in a linen weave, an antique Tabriz carpet, a Kiki Smith painting — for a modern-regal effect.
Get more design and decorating ideas in our Katie Ridder photo gallery.
Glam meets modern in this posh pad.
This Los Angeles bedroom by Canadian–born design darling Tamara Kaye–Honey is brimming with understated glamour. By pairing white with bold and subtle blues, the designer achieves a serene, monochromoatic effect. A large-scale photo by iconic photographer Slim Aarons acts as a focal point and echoes the room’s subdued colour palette. The Asian Foo Dog lamps and silver-tasseled Moroccan wedding blanket lend the room an exotic allure.
See more pretty, Tiffany-inspired interiors in our photo gallery.
Daring design gives this room a heightened sense of drama.
In 2011, traditionalists are expressing their inner rebels 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 on swing-arm lamps, while still pleated and pretty, swap out more staid shades for exotic brights. Bits of gold detailing throughout add a balancing dose of traditional polish.
A vintage headboard and ornate white mirror frame add to this room’s intricate details.
The midtown Manhattan apartment of jewelry designer Barbara S. Gross is dark and dramatic, but this guest bedroom exudes a playful, feminine style. Painterly cherry blossoms printed on Clarence House wallpaper add a chinoiserie element. Wallpapering all four walls and the ceiling makes a large room seem small and cosy.
See more interiors from Amy Lau’s Expressive Modern in our photo gallery.
Look for one-of-a-kind antique pieces with an exotic feel.
Lit by handsome tall original sash windows, the 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 the new tiles.
A Zen-inspired vignette.
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 washi tape to hang small pieces of art makes the vignette informal and easy to change around.
See more Asian-inspired rooms in our photo gallery.