Zen and now
Looking to give your interiors an update?
Fagan reveals the art of journeying East at home.
Decor’s always venturing further afield for inspiration, but a destination it always returns to is the East, renowned for its serene, peaceful, Zen-like settings. “Eastern styles have been influencing Western spaces for hundreds of years, and our fascination with these elegant interiors shows no sign of abating,” says Paul McLaughlin, managing director at Libra, specialists in international homeware.
“From the philosophies of balance and tranquillity to exquisite hand-engraved metal work and delicate, natureinspired designs, there are endless facets to this look, which can be tailored to complement existing decor, or inspire a whole new look.” For a traditional take, focus on dark wood furniture, or beautifully decorated Chinoiserie pieces and splashes of red – in Eastern cultures, red is the colour of happiness, joy and celebration, all key elements for a traditional setting. “Chinese style’s synonymous with quality and elegance and, historically in Britain, we’ve always had an affinity with it. It’s played an important role in our decor down the centuries, featuring in a variety of ways, whether it’s stunning hand-painted wallpapers, opulent fabrics, furniture or art,” says Jemma Page, owner of Eastern homeware specialists Orchid Furniture. “The style suits any setting, from country cottage to industrial-style loft and everything in between.” Key pieces
HomeSense stores offer excellent value with discounted homeware and is a treasure trove for Eastern pieces including a woven rug with tassels, £199.99, and embroidered bedlinen, £29.99.
Make a statement with a red decorated lacquer wedding cabinet, £2,495, from Orchid (orchidfurniture.co.uk)
This black Eichholtz folding screen bamboo, £2,500, from Houseology (houseology.com) is perfect for dividing a room or hiding an unsightly corner.
A table lamp could be an effective way to introduce that essential injection of red, and Artisanti has a Draco red dragon ceramic table lamp, £336 (artisanti.com).
Channel Eastern charm in accessories – Sainsbury’s has a great Chinese New Year range in stores, featuring medium Oriental
REST EASY: HomeSense’s range of Eastern pieces includes this embroidered bedlinen, £29.99.