This Spring take a trip on the Oriental Express, as designers in both fashion and interiors alike are taking inspiration from the cultural Far East.
Look East this season and take on an Asian fusion in your home to be bang on trend. This doesn’t mean you need a stone Buddha constantly peering at you in your living room, or wilting orchids dotted all over your home. I am talking about intricately decorated screens, delicate paper lampshades, silk tapestry, floral wallpaper patterns and colourful bird images; fused with dark wood furniture and calligraphy art. Instantly bring a sense of elegance, style and Zen-like calm to your home this Spring with influence from Asia.
Numerous designers treated us to Eastern delights on the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion catwalk shows, with oriental vibe clearly on all their mood-boards. Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Isabel Marant and Philip Lim, brought us obi belts, kimono silhouettes, sharp colours and Japanese-style over-sized trousers, paired with sandals during the Milan and Paris fashion weeks.
At Gucci, silk kimono dresses were adorned with blooming blossoms and graceful birds. Whilst at Alexander McQueen the oriental message was less subtle, with the models embracing the Samurai warrior feel, their faces covered in angular black lacquer masks, and hair aggressively pulled back into neatly folded ponytails.
So how do you go about bringing this oriental theme into your home? Well a Chinese takeaway won’t be enough! Touches of smooth dark wood nod to the Eastern trend without being overruled by it. John Lewis offer a statement dark wood 4-poster bed with ornate carving, and matching full-length mirror to add instant eastern glamour to your bedroom. Alternatively on a smaller scale there is a beautiful wooden screen in this range, or otherwise a dark wood wicker armchair could be for you, personalised with chinoiserie cushions.
However if wallpapers and soft furnishings are a route you would prefer to take, Designers Guild’s stunning ‘Shanghai Garden’ collection is strongly influenced by classical Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy, and the prints in this range feature extraordinarily delicately painted mountains, rivers, trees and blossoms. Personally I would struggle to pick between them all!
Finally for Eastern accessories Marks and Spencer have classic monochrome cushions featuring blushing geishas and bunches of bamboo. Not to mention various oriental bowls and metallic vases to display proudly, as well as a gold water lily candleholder – a personal favourite of mine!
So take inspiration and travel this season, go back to Bangkok, return to Rangoon, have another try at Thai with the resurgence of Eastern influence. The whole look is about a relaxed glamour, and a stress-free oasis of calm, rather than decking out your living room in tatami mats! It should make you feel balanced and peaceful, but without having to go to the fuss of feng shui-ing your furniture – the beauty of Eastern is after all its ease.
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