One particular theme inspired by Ancient Eastern traditions is up and coming in the world of home interiors. These countries East to our own, namely the Feudal Eras of Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Japan have inspired an entire movement on the Western side of the planet.
In the West, we are known to lead incredibly busy lives, often juggling many activities such as work, multiple hobbies, taking care of our families, and of course, staying healthy, fit, and sociable! In the midst of this lifestyle, many Westerners have found solace in ancient practices like yoga and meditation, searching to incorporate this peace and stillness into their every day lives.
This yearning for grounding in and connecting to nature has created a desire to incorporate this style into the home. In addition to meditating often, we want to come home at the end of a busy day to a clean, peaceful home. We want to look forward to Saturday morning, when we can sip on a cup of tea in the living room for several hours while feeling calm and refreshed. We're starting to create in-home yoga areas and meditation rooms.
The state of the home is a direct reflection of our inner worlds --- A peaceful home is a peaceful mind. What better way to do this than to also incorporate Ancient Eastern styles into the look and structure of our homes?
Here is a simple guide to creating peace and tranquility in your home with Eastern-Inspired design.
Simplicity and minimalism is key when creating a tranquil, Asian-inspired home. A minimalist philosophy states that clutter is an abundance of material items. The more clutter there is, the more we will feel tied down. Disorganization and clutter creates a stagnation of energy, stopping us from moving forward with freedom and an abundance-mindset.
The moral of the story is...more is LESS! Keep what you own down to the very essentials, and then build up from there with a select few special decorative items and plenty of plants.
Beyond that, anything that does not need to be out and about should be stored away...but remember, if you don't need it, let it go!
Energetically, this will help you feel more light and liberated (not to mention...moving will be much easier!).
Ancient Chinese philosophy pays great homage to the five elements --- Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In Eastern healing modalities, including acupuncture and massage, the body is viewed as a microcosm of the Universe and as a part of nature that is affected by all of the seasonal changes. The five elements are used to describe the interaction between three-dimensional phenomena, as they are the primary forces that constitute this reality.
It is an excellent idea to incorporate these elements into our space in order to bring the cycles of nature into our homes. Having elemental-themed rooms can be a fun way to do this!
In general, try to use earth-based, natural tones such as a washed out blue, deep soil browns, light tan, deep forest greens, and smooth grays. When shopping for paint colors, try to pick out those that most resemble colors you'd see in nature. It is okay to use these deep forest colors on your walls, but keeping the color fresh and bright with splashes of darker accents lends itself to a more calming atmosphere. Feel free to use a minimal splash of color here and there with one bright red pillow or a jade green lamp shade.
Using Natural Materials
Using natural materials falls into the same category as using earth-colored paints. As creatures of the earth, we have an innate desire to sync up with the Earth's natural systems and be close to nature. Another way of bringing this concept into the home is to use as many natural materials as possible. We especially recommend those that still maintain their original color; in other words...unpainted.
Excellent natural materials for the home include unpainted, solid hardwoods, light tan bamboo floor boards, cotton or hemp curtains, pillow covers, or living room blankets, and of course, many plants!
Water features are an excellent embodiment of earth's elements. The white noise that a waterfall creates is soothing and refreshing. Adding some sort of zen rock garden, koi pond, or small water fall into your space can bring a lot of joy and inspiration.
Bringing the Earth into your home dwelling will automatically help you to feel more aligned, grounded, and at peace.
Feng Shui is defined as the interaction between humans and their surrounding spaces and the art of living harmoniously with our environment. Developed over 3,000 years ago in Ancient China, it is used in modern day living as a guideline for balancing the energies in our space and bringing about good fortune.
Some aspects of Feng Shui include having your furniture oriented in regards to the four directions, allowing plenty of natural light into the rooms, creating a lot of spaciousness and openness in the home, reducing clutter, and strategically placing precious items and decorations.
If you're looking to create peace and tranquility in your environment, definitely try out the oriental themed home. Be sure to incorporate natural elements and Feng Shui! When creating your space, don't rush; take your time. Creating the perfect space will most certainly pay off in the long run!
For Eastern-inspired furniture, check out some of our select items: