When East Meets West: Home Decor

When eastern culture marries western culture, it always results in a perfect union of two worlds. Eastern cultures provide a sense of zen that western cultures crave and when the two worlds collide in perfect harmony, it is sure to result in an invigorating aesthetic.

Since its introduction into western culture, feng shui makes a regular appearance in homes both modest and majestic. It helps maintain harmony within the abode, and it allows for more opportunity to have fun with interiors. Mixing up elements and coordinating colors make for endless ways to make your dwelling truly unique.

One thing western interior designers heavily integrate into their vision is feng shui. Feng shui, the Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with your surroundings, is a practice that has now become a building block in American home design. Feng shui reportedly dates back to as early as 4,000 BC, and is said to have relied on astronomy for connection to the universe and people. It its through this connection that people position furniture and feature material elements that each carry significance.

Textures play a key role in both cultures. Metals, like bronze and gold, are an integral part and can be found throughout the home. Simple metal pieces can add the right touch of luxury, making your home feel glamorous. Western decor uses lots of game textures, like fur or feathers, so adding pops of fur is a great way to incorporate the look into your design. These textures compliment each other fabulously so dare to pair metal-inspired pieces with faux furs, feathers or skins. Velvet is also another luxurious material to weave in for an expensive feel–as long as it is featured in small spurts, as too much can be overwhelming.

Bold color is essential to keeping the happy “marriage” of cultures running throughout your home. Deep reds and plums are evident in eastern design so feel free to have fun with color. Arranging a bunch of pillows or accessories that are in the same shade family gives your home a clean yet punchy look.

Prints are also important to eastern decor. Delicate mandala print, for example, adds beautiful dimension to any room. Throw some pops of print in rooms where people will see it, like the living room, dining room, and even the bathroom. It will give your guests lots to feast their eyes on.

The great thing about the current rustic/farmhouse trend in western home interiors is the free use of different kinds of wood. Adding beautifully crafted original or recycled wood pieces gives your home a touch of comfort and depth. Eastern home design lends to this trend very well. Chinese culture, for example, values carved wood and bamboo. By incorporating a rustic-inspired wood piece or bamboo piece is a perfect way to pay homage to both.

There is no better way to bring zen into your home than to bring in actual pieces from nature. Aside from wood, plants and other flora are wonderful additions to any room. The lush green of a potted palm plant or the scent of fresh hydrangeas will liven up your home and senses.

Jade is most often a symbol of wisdom, peace, tranquility and spiritual calm so it is no surprise why it is a necessary piece. With jade, you can go as big or as small as you want–the goal is to make sure it is in a place where it can be seen and energy felt by family and guests. Amber, another popular stone in feng shui, is used to promote health and protect from aches and ailments. When including stones into your home, research the kinds of energies or protections you desire. Not only will these be beautiful statement pieces, they will also help you feel well.

Having a zen palace does not come with a royal price tag either, so have fun and dress up your home. Decorating your home is a task that gives you the chance to personalize it however you wish. It allows you to create the energy, and introduce those who visit to new and intriguing cultures.

Western home design, particularly American, is known for being modern, clean, and sometimes monochromatic. There is no shortage of all black or all white colored kitchens, bathrooms, including appliances, so adding an influence of eastern culture into your home elevates your decor. Also with western interiors comes the concept of minimalism, where less is more. The beauty of feng shui and its eastern roots is that the philosophy itself is seeded in simplicity. Humility and homeostasis are at the core of both cultures, so the mixing of these two cultures makes perfect sense.