Asian-influenced looks are forecasted to be a top trend this year. Incorporate a modern take on the look into your home with these four ideas:
1. Hang Asian-Inspired Panels
Whether it’s a wallpaper or fabric, hanging panels of Eastern patterns on the wall is a contemporary way to bring in a touch of the Asian look. We love how the wall in the dining room below matches the Lily Pulitzer dragon pattern (in her signature bright hue), but you can also use panels to dress up a white wall. See how to make fabric panels here.
2. Asian Toile in Bright or Unexpected Color Combos
Most people consider toile to be a traditional pattern, but an Asian toile done in a bright color refreshes a space. Combine it with unexpected hues, like in this breakfast nook, where the unusual, yet cool teal leather on the banquette contrasts with red toile wallpaper. Other Asian-inspired decor items, like a minimalist chandelier reminiscent of a Chinese lantern, complete the look.
3. Small Eclectic Accents
Chinoiserie patterns fit right into eclectic rooms. The key is to add just a touch here and there, and to mix it with clean patterns that have more structure to them, like plaid. This bedroom uses Schumacher’s beloved Chiang Mai Dragon fabric on the head and footboard of the bed. The pattern ties in with the rest of the room because of the red pieces (pillow & TV stand) while juxtaposing features like the white exposed brick & wood diversify the space.
4. Use Bamboo Motifs
Bamboo is the perfect motif to add a contemporary look to any space. Scalamandre’s Bamboo Trellis wallpaper can take on many looks, from elegant to quirky. Go white on white (with gold accents) or make it funky with celery hues and unconventional art.