What comes to mind when you think of oriental interior design? Bright, ornate patterns in deep blue, fuchsia and emerald? Well get ready for the revamped, but paired-down, version. Oriental interior design has had an upgrade. Forget vivid primary colour palettes and heavy wooden wall cladding, its time to introduce traditional designs in sophisticated, pastel-based colour palettes.
Bold prints have been key throughout 2017, and this particular trend brings with it its own traditional, oriental patterns. Instead of the continuous geometric designs that have taken A/W by storm, expect art-based, larger designs full of flowers, birds, and ornate patterns inspired by nature. The iconic finch and bamboo design has been an iconic Asian pattern dating back to the 12th century.
Harmony and tranquillity are key qualities of an oriental home; this can be easily achieved in your own Asian-inspired rooms by balancing textures and elements. Think silks, gold accents and wall partitions.
Lighting is a no-fuss method of pulling this look together, without having to invest in full pieces of furniture. Traditional paper lanterns have been updated, with striking, hanging lanterns in a range of metals putting a modern twist on a traditional trend. If that’s a bit too much for your décor, carefully placed candles will create the ambience you’re after!
Keren Protheroe, Archivist at Style Library, is an interiors trend expert, and like us, she loves the modern orient style. Speaking about the history of orient-inspired decor, she told us:
“Anglo-Japanese textiles and wallpapers were the height of fashion in the 1870s and 1880s. They were an important area of business for early Sanderson. When Arthur Sanderson established his first print works in Chiswick, London in 1879, the earliest papers were in the ‘oriental’ style. Their designs featured motifs found in the books of Japanese wood-block prints that had so inspired artists, designers and advocates of the British Aesthetic Movement – most notably the writer Oscar Wilde who lectured in England and America on the value of ‘art for art’s sake’ in interior furnishings. Images of decorative fish (Carp) exotic birds (Cranes), beautiful geometric kimono patterns, and landscapes of bamboo and pagodas are all characteristic of the important, early wallpapers printed by Sanderson.”
Chelsea Harbour is currently displaying samples of early Sanderson Anglo Japanese papers, a selection of which can be seen below.
We have our very own modern oriental-inspired piece at Sofa Workshop! The Charming Charles chair in Hydrangea Bird is a gorgeous, statement piece that ticks the box of traditional, orient pattern and complimentary, sophisticated colour palette.
Have you embraced this trend? We’d love to see how you’ve brought the orient into your home, tweet us @SofaWorkshop.