Which such simplistic design elements, how do you keep the room from becoming, well, boring? The answer lies in texture. As you design your Asian-inspired interiors look for items that will bring a lot of texture to the space – and make them as contrasting as possible.
The idea behind contrasting textures comes from the principle of yin and yang. This contrast is another example of bringing harmony into a space by achieving balance.
There are lots of ways to achieve this contrast. Think about pairing a wooden table with metal chairs in your dining space, placing woven maps on top of highly-polished wooden floors, or arranging small pebbles inside of a glass vase on your coffee table.
What’s the purpose of all this simplicity, anyway? At its core, it’s meant to help you bring a sense of serenity and calmness into your home. According to the Buddhist principle of Zen, to which many Japanese people subscribe, a calm environment is essential when trying to achieve enlightenment.
Elements of serenity often come from nature. Try to incorporate a stone wall in your master bathroom shower or add floor-to-ceiling windows in your kitchen to let light from the outside stream in. Even if you can’t make huge changes to the space, a few small houseplants can liven up any living space.
If you want to go the extra step in bringing Zen to your interiors, you could always incorporate a little Feng Shui. Make sure your home is free of clutter and that your entryway looks inviting. Let in as much natural light as possible. Be sure to arrange seating areas so no one’s back faces the door.