Zen and now

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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.

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