Establish Your Style Series: Asian-Inspired

No other interior style genre is as symbolic or transportive as Asian-inspired style, giving it a powerful presence intended to rejuvenate and revitalize. Asian style reached us from places like Japan and even Bali, Indonesia and Thailand (where the genre is less formal). 

No longer will home owners and renters wait until that highly coveted massage appointment to be in that divine spa space of refuge. 

Tip#1: Natural Materials: Nature is the foundation of Asian-inspired style. The natural environment is brought into a space through natural materials that are meant to be soothing and relaxing. Mahogany, teak and bamboo show up in wood planks, while stone tile, slate, pebbles and smooth river stones are all common.

Asian Bathroom

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Asian Bathroom by San Diego Architects & Building Designers domusstudio architecture

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Asian Bathroom by Cincinnati Architects & Building Designers dwellbeing

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Asian Bathroom

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Asian Bathroom by Colorado Springs Kitchen & Bath Designers Brooks Brothers Cabinetry

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Tip#2: Simplicity: Here we call it Zen style (which originated from Japan) but Asian style is about presenting materials in their purest forms. This emphasizes simplicity and minimalism meaning nothing should be ornate or overdone. Sight lines are streamlined and clearly visible without too many accents and devoid of clutter. 

Asian Kitchen

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Asian Living Room by Berkeley Interior Designers & Decorators Design A

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Asian Kitchen

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Tip#3: Balance: Harmony in weight, tone, color and form is important. Asian style balances the aesthetic even if elements are asymmetric. Balance ensures chaos is at bay and reinforces the calm. 

Asian Bathroom

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Eclectic Kitchen by Oakland General Contractors MN Builders

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Asian Bathroom by Basalt Interior Designers & Decorators Cathers Home

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Tip#4: Open Architecture: It is all about the outdoor connection and in the West, our architecture has embraced this by showing walls that touch outside plenty of love with glass and doors. This also means an abundance of natural light, a significant trait of the style. 

Asian Dining Room

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Asian Sunroom

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Asian Exterior by Las Vegas Interior Designers & Decorators Knudson Interiors

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Asian Spaces

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Asian Bedroom

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Tip#5: Pathways and Gates: Also symbolic in zen landscapes, paths are intended to slow down the pace of visitors, and gates are seen as a barrier to the stressful world, a threshold for an escape to a tranquil space. 

Asian Exterior

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Asian Hall by Orleans Architects & Building Designers Architectural Design Incorporated
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Asian Patio by South West Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Katherine Roper Landscape & Garden Design

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Asian Landscape by Houston Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers RH Factor Landscape Design

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Asian Landscape

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Tip#6: Chinoiserie Flourishes/Asian-Inspired Motifs: Chinoiserie is French for “Chinese-esque” and is on fiyah lately. In this genre, Asian motifs are also embraced like the circle, a significant symbol in Japan, “land of the rising sun,” where the flag represents the sun. 

Asian Bathroom by Milwaukee Architects & Building Designers Blue Hot Design

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Contemporary Bathroom by Seattle Photographers Andrew Pogue Photography

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Asian Dining Room by Wilmington Photographers Daniel Jackson Photo

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Asian Living Room by Dc Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Michael Hampton Design

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Tip#7: Nature References: It could be through falling water or artifacts representing natural forms. The movement of water is very important, as well as the relaxing sound it makes. Use the bath as a feature to highlight. Bathing in Japan is seen as an art form reminiscent of the “onsens”, or hot springs, which are extremely popular.

Asian Bathroom by New York Photographers Isabella Ginanneschi

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Asian Bathroom by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Rabaut Design Associates, Inc.

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Asian Bathroom by Nashville Interior Designers & Decorators Amelie de Gaulle Interiors

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Tip#8: Plants: Plain enough, grasses, and bamboo bring the natural world in. Elements from nature are critical to this style. Don your space with orchids, another significant plant. 

Asian Deck

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Asian Bathroom by London Loft Conversion Specialists Landmark Lofts

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Asian Deck

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Asian Bathroom by Beverly Hills Architects & Building Designers Arch-Interiors Design Group, Inc.

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External style: Here’s what Asian-inspired style looks like on the outside:

Asian Exterior by New York Architects & Building Designers Architectural 3D Rendering / ArtFuse Inc.

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Asian Pool by Wailuku Design-Build Firms Architectural Design & Construction

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Asian Exterior by Kirkland General Contractors Roberts Wygal

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Asian Exterior

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Thus far we have covered Traditional, Hollywood GlamEclecticContemporaryIndustrialRusticModernCoastalMediterraneanShabby ChicCraftsmanFarmhouse and Transitional in the Establish Your Style Series. Next up: Scandinavian style. 
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Until our next adventure!
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Jenn 
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