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Asian Insight
08/11/13

Asian Insight

By now we’re all well aware of the huge trend for rich, jewel tones that’s sweeping the interiors scene. It’s that time of year when we can curl up inside with sumptuous decoration and food to match the season, so let us take you on a tour of Asia with some exotic ideas to spice up this indulgent colour palette.



Asian inspired designs tend to incorporate a palette of tones, fall in love with a pattern & use this as your starting point to pick out other shades for the room. Sanderson’s Themis shown above from their latest Aegean collection is a perfect example of clever use of colour in a design.

Use deep plum and aubergine shades to bring a chimney breast into focus within a room. Using a wallpaper with a touch of sparkle such as Mathew Williamson’s Celestial Dragon or Zoffany’s Lustre Tiles from the Quartz collection, will give a festive edge as we near the holidays – a perfect backdrop for opening those presents!



Although ruby reds & rusts are often considered quite traditional, using black & gold furniture can retain a modern feel. The gorgeous examples shown in the main image above will be available soon from Casamance’s new fabric range, Biennale.

Keep decadence in mind, with theatrical tree and foliage designs from Sanderson’s Aegean collection to draw the eye around the room. Beading work on fabrics and golden styling as shown in Zoffany’s recent Quartz collections will add highlights to catch the light and play off the deeper shades.



Textures are key to the oriental look, choose lush Sanderson, Icaria velvets & embossed silks. Rich fabrics contrasting with lacquer, ornate detailing all work well to bring to mind the elegance of the orient. Second-hand pieces from antiques dealers and markets evoke the past, and it will only add to the look if they’ve sustained a few shabby chic scuffs over their lifetime.

Posted by: Susie Cochrane Tagged as: Trends