If you are furnishing your new home, whichever room you are decorating, one of the key starting points will be what you want your signature style to be. One of the most popular and contemporary styles of home furnishing is oriental furniture.
Perhaps you are inspired by your travels abroad and want an exotic look to your home with the use of oriental furniture? It may be that you have a particular favourite item of oriental furniture, such as Puji’s colonial lazy chair, and want to base your whole living area around this.
Take into account your personality though. If you like the room to be filled with lots of items of sentiment, such as classic first edition books, or ornaments and artwork you have collected from your travels, don’t go for the contemporary minimalist look, as this could be difficult to maintain. Also remember to think about the practicalities of some of the furniture in your home. It may be that you have a busy family and want high quality furniture that will be easy to take care of. Choose furniture that is likely to look just as good in ten years time. This means steering away from cutting edge designs and going for more classic pieces, such as high quality solid wood oriental furniture.
Puji has a wide range of fine handmade oriental furniture that is built to be not only beautiful, but functional too, so it is ideal for everyone from bachelor pads or family homes. Although oriental furniture is contemporary it also has a timeless and ageless quality and will look just as good many years down the line. You can take a few key items of furniture and dress these up with various accessories to change the look of your room as and when you feel the need, with artwork, throws and rugs.
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Oriental Furniture – The Eastern Inspired Home: How to Get the Look
What do we mean when we talk about oriental furniture? Oriental furniture doesn’t just refer to Chinese-style furniture, but to all far eastern furniture, such as Japanese, Indian and Indonesian.
Oriental furniture has become extremely popular recently. This is due to the elegant lines of the pieces, the rich dark woods used and the delicate accents and contemporary features, such as silk cushions and bamboo frames.
The look is modern, simple yet functional. It exudes style and gives any home an expensive, sophisticated atmosphere.
The look can be achieved either with key pieces of furniture, such as a table or cabinet lacquered using a traditional Vietnamese method, or you can update your existing furniture by cleverly using oriental inspired accessories such as rugs, cushions, mirrors and crockery.
An eastern inspired look to a room, using oriental furniture, can take on several themes as follows.
A room with an exotic look can be achieved by choosing a few key pieces in the right style to enhance your home. For example, you could use a carved wooden coffee table and matching side table in the living room for instance, or have a relaxing chair from Puji’s colonial collection or the Shanxi range.
This look can be dressed up with some of the Puji accessories, such as a Buddha or sculpture to really give your room an oriental and exotic flavour.
Different forms of lighting will always change the mood of a room too. Floor and table lamps with silk shades and bamboo bases will add warmth with their glow when switched on and a cool, contemporary look when not alight.
If you are looking for an exotic feel to your bedroom, then maybe you could have a colonial trunk or the Shanxi black bed as a focal point. The key to this look is to keep it subtle and not over the top, bringing in one or two items to mix with your existing decor.
A sophisticated look can be achieved using oriental furniture. Black lacquered furniture creates a look and feel that is elegant as well as sophisticated. Again you only need a few key pieces or subtle accessories to get this look. Teaming this dark furniture with large mirrors to reflect the light and create an illusion of more space is a great tip here.
The dining room is a perfect place for the sophisticated look that oriental furniture can achieve. A black lacquer dining table and chairs will need minimal dressing. The key here is to keep it simple. Just a single vase, cream rug or statement floor lamp is all you need for the sophisticated look.
With white lacquer furniture the overall effect is crisp, clean and calming. This soothing look with oriental furniture is popular for rooms such as the bedroom, where you want to unwind and relax. Puji’s white lacquer furniture is durable with its high gloss finish, which is achieved by several layers of Chinese lacquer.
With white oriental furniture, you can afford to be more daring with your accessories; but don’t overdo it or the soothing feeling of serenity and calm will be lost.
Bright throws and cushions on the bed or an eye catching piece of contemporary artwork on the wall is all you need.
Zen is more than just trying to create a home décor look. Zen can be a way of life. Zen is minimalist in its style with the key principles of clean lines, space, tranquillity and, above all else, no clutter. You need storage to create a Zen look so any books, magazines, paperwork, clothes, shoes or toiletries need to be hidden away. There should be nothing that breaks the strong clean lines of the furniture.
The Mino natural bed is a perfect example of a piece of Zen furniture with its straight lines and light teak wood. A simple silk throw at the end of the bed in a neutral shade will break up the clean white bed linen and paper lanterns over the light fittings will enhance the Zen feel with a soft glow. Screens are also an excellent way of making a room Zen. A screen can hide clutter whilst adding to the oriental theme of the room.
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