WANT to indulge in life’s luxuries and create a pad that’s decadent and desirable? Then try creating an interior full of eastern promise.
Capturing the essence of this elegant, harmonious look – particularly from China – is a must for fashion-conscious homes this year.
The look is termed Chinoiserie, an art form where furniture and accessories are patterned in the style of the detailed embellishments and complex decoration of Chinese designs.
Capture the look with accessories, such as a glossy lacquered box in red, a highly-decorated ginger jar or a colourful parasol.
For a look more faithful to the trend, embrace hand-decorated, dark wood furniture or paper your walls in beautiful floral prints.
Jemma Page, founder of Chinese antiques and accessories specialists Orchid, says: “Western interiors have drawn influence from the East for many years. But the new look that’s emerging this spring and summer is much more about combining the best of both worlds, for a laid-back yet fairly European feel.”
For a statement piece that oozes Eastern style, try Oka’s hand-painted Manchu Bureau, £558, or try adding an authentic twist with Ikea’s bamboo room divider, £22.90.
Mix some shocking pink silk cushions with a dramatic dark teak table and add decorative pieces painted with floral designs or scenes from Chinese life.
Items adorned with Chinese signature cherry blossom are key to creating this look. Go for Marks & Spencer’s vase with mini cherry blossom, £5, or have some fun flirting with the style with The Pier’s adorable Chinese doll, £12.