East meets west: A modern twist on oriental interior design

Bright flashes of hot reds, ornate wall murals and rich wooden cabinet carved to perfection – traditional Chinese interior design is recognised across the world from Hong Kong to Vancouver.

Although, the trend tables are turning as China’s wealthy youth are subconsciously incorporating various design influences from europe and America.This marriage of east and west has created a style which reflects “subdued luxury” as well as retaining the clean sharp lines of traditional Chinese Interiors – rather like a fusion of Japanese Zen and Middle Eastern “bling”.

So if you fancy tricking yourself at night into thinking you are actually in Asia, you can achieve  the modern oriental look, by keeping to a neutral colour pallet including smokey grey’s, sandalwood and mahogany – with an injection of gold and lacquer black.

Keep the furniture clean and simple, but don’t be afraid to “glam it up” with reflective lighting and crystal. Also, by dressing the bed or widows with divine fabrics, like crushed velvet throws and silk drapes, it softens the harshness of square minimalist pieces. Finish off the room with beautifully smelling flowers and  candles to really add a calming mood.

Couch’s picks:

Woods wallpaper – www.anthropologie.com

Bedding – Donna Karan www.donnakaranhome.com and Barbara Barry www.barbarabarry.com

Fornasetti chair – www.1stdibs.com

Crystal and chrome light – Saxton www.overstock.com

Mirror (centre) – Currey & Co www.curreycocompany.com

Gold and White wallpaper – Ferm Living www.tangletree-interiors.co.uk

Parfum bottle – Dale Tiffany – www.amazon.com