Asian furniture is always a consideration in interior decoration and individual pieces of furniture, antiques and artefacts are sought after from countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Japan. Asian furniture, whether new or antique, brings color and life to homes decorated in any style. Even in modern homes, Chinese dynasty pieces or intricately carved statues from India can fit in perfectly with the decor.
Asian cultures take great pride in their diversity and distinguished histories, and these values are quite apparent in even the smallest piece of oriental furniture. When designing a modern interior, the process usually involves looking at Japanese furniture which is extremely functional and minimalist in nature.
The furniture has very little ornamentation or carving and is solid and more modern than the other varieties of Oriental furniture. Japanese furniture can harmonize with almost all decor styles and types of rooms. The appealing features of Japanese furniture is its simplicity and the obvious quality of the wood and craftsmanship. The furniture is famous for its extraordinary joinery. Elm, gingko and kiri wood is normally used and forged iron is used for ornamentation.
Chinese furniture, on the other hand, is better known for its traditional, ornate pieces reflecting rich history, culture and religion. It can vary with changing dynasties but the artisan ship handed down over the generations remains of the same high quality and can easily be recognized.
Over the past few decades Asian decorating has been growing more and more popular in the western world for its simplicity and subtle materials such as bamboo and silk, as well as the elegance of the darker woods. All styles and origins of Asian furniture is taken into consideration and people who decorate their homes in a modern style prefer to look for simple, liquid lines, high quality and, above all, functionality.
The furniture needs to reflect minimalism and space. Plain furniture in dark wood tones or black tend to be used in designing modern rooms as the darker colors give space a sophisticated and classy air. Instead of small pieces and clutter there are very few decorative items and these are large and prominently displayed in the rooms. This decorating style is inspired from all types of Asian traditional decoration and people who like this style usually spend a lot of money on carefully chosen unique pieces, preferably handcrafted and imported.