The mysticism and exoticism of the Far East has long offered a goldmine of inspiration for home interiors worldwide. If you’re looking to travel back to the Orient from the comforts of your own home, we recommend thinking along the lines of plush soft furnishings, warm hues, and a whole lot of decadent textures.
A key component of such Silk Road-inspired interiors is the inclusion of traditional motifs, which can range from delicate florals to bold Chinese dragons, mythical clouds to beautiful songbirds. For a more modern take, merge these decorative and regal textures down with a simple, minimalistic aesthetic that will translate into a rich melting pot of cultures.
Eastern artistry is as much about individual furniture and accessories as it is about philosophy and approach. And as any space would fall flat without at least a handful of artisan objects to imbue it with soul, look towards adding objects and accent furniture that feature interesting detailing, such as decorative pillows and throws with intricate embroidery, or even a luxurious carpet designed in a rich tapestry of colours and patterns.
When it comes to colour, the approach here is to blend two seemingly different palettes to create an overall look that is more appealing than the sum of its parts. As a baseline, such interiors usually bring to mind regal purples, jade greens and other jewelled tones, but balance these against a backdrop of soft, more reserved neutrals like taupe and off-whites for a visually appealing yet highly interesting profile.
This was adapted from an article originally published in the December 2019 issue of SquareRooms.