Asian design is a fusion of several different styles that range from the Japanese and the Chinese to exotic Indian themes. Yet, for most, it is often dominated by oriental influences that have originated in the Far East several centuries ago. For centuries, Asian cultures have lived their lives surrounded by simple, yet elegant, furnishings, furniture, and art. Asian interiors are designed to bring peace, balance, and serenity to the space, which is kept simple and uncluttered. One of the most dramatic characteristics of Asian decor is the use of color. For Chinese interiors, bold red is a dominant color as it represents good luck. Furniture is typically shiny black lacquered wood. For Japanese style decor, natural tones of brown, grey, and tan are popular. Accents in most Asian decors include gold, either as trim or wall color. Floor covering is the foundation for Asian interiors, whether it’s a tatami mat in a Japanese room or a beautiful floral wool rug in a Chinese interior. Furniture and fabric colors enhance and draw out the colors in the flooring. When you think of Asian decor, you envision natural wood highly polished to a mirrored shine. Japanese decors use lots of luminous paper surfaces and natural rocks. Other characteristic of Asian interiors is placement of natural plants. Natural plants and cuttings provide texture and artistic expression in Asian interiors. Think beyond the decor itself to fashion a more authentic Asian-themed interior. Sandalwood incense, scented candles and beautiful wind chimes elevate the Oriental feel to a whole new level. Enough talking – here is how you can incorporate some of these mesmerizing elements into your own home design.