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asianhomedec 5 Tips to Decorate Asian Style - Subscribe

As more and more people are becoming exposed to the many styles of décor from around the world, many are turning to Asian home décor. Asian home décor is becoming one of the fastest growing popular styles that is being incorporated into homes and offices. While many are looking to add an Asian influence to their home, only a few know how to correctly accomplish this.

Here are 5 tips on how to get your Asian inspired home:

1. Which ever room your redecorating, you should start with color as your foundation. Some of the Asian style characterized colors are red, brown, gold, gray and tan. Red is the most prominent color, because it is believed to bring good luck. Also woods should be dark chocolate/ burgundy tone.

2. In the room that you are decorating, consider adding texture to the room. Natural materials such as bamboo, rice paper, and rock are all important materials to the Asian décor. Some perfect additions to any room are room dividers, bamboo candles and picture frames.

3. Using a sacred animal statue is a great way to add a touch of orient to your home décor. The use of elephants in particular is the symbol of physical and mental strength along with responsiblilty and loyalty. Use pillows that depict sacred animals.

4. If you are into the Buddha religion, try adding sandstone or wooden statues to your bookshelves.

5. Lastly, do not overpower your home with too much Asian décor or accents. The key is to go as minimal as possible for any room and add cultural appeal.
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asianhomedec Decorating Your New Home On A Budget Jun 2nd, 2010 10:45:15 pm - Subscribe
If your inspired by Asian décor and your looking for the some decorating tips on a budget, offers some good tips on how to make this happen. Some of the most useful and cost efficient ways to decorate your home Asian style are incorporating black and/or red accessories as well as natural and wood elements such as:

- Asian Masks or figurines

- Floating candles

- Vase with bamboo

- Asian artwork

- Chinese words or symbols

- Colorful rocks

When deciding to use Asian decorations, think of the center of your theme. Chose your colors from your rug, art piece or pillow and work with those colors. For the most part, oriental themes use a lot of reds, oranges and blacks. You can get a wide array of ideas by going to Chinese restaurants or attending Chinese art galleries. Take in the design elements of the walls, colors and accessories.
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asianhomedec Understanding the Yin and Yang Concepts of Feng Shui Jun 2nd, 2010 10:45:59 pm - Subscribe
The first step in understanding feng shui before you dive right into the trying to feng shui your space is to understand the yin and yang concept. Basically this is like hot vs. cold, fire vs. water, sun vs. shade, all things that are opposite that cannot exist without each other.

The Yin Yang theory shows us how strongly we are connected to balance and opposites. It is with this concept we need to be balanced within ourselves as well as have balanced surroundings. So the homes that we live in have great influence on us. Because we spend half of our lives at home or at work, it is in this space that it shows who we are, and it is here that we should be balanced.

Now when we incorporate the yin yang theory into feng shui, it's clear to see that now we are working with balance and opposites within your everyday space. For example, if you have a dark room, then add a little bit of of light by adding lamps or painting your walls with light or bright colors. How many colors do you have in your room? Is it 5 or more? In feng shui, the perfect number of colors to have is between 2-3 colors that should look harmonious. For if a room is painted in dark colors that is sending the message and feeling that it is coloand and clearly doesn't allow for very much sunlight. This room is considered to be more Yin and has a stagnangt “chi”. It is a room like this that cam make a person depressed. In contrast, if a room is very light and bright, this is considered too much Yang energy and too much time in a bright room won't give a a person too much rest and will result in the person being exhusted.

Another thing to consider is if your space as too much active or passive energy. Active rooms are considered the loud rooms in your home or office, where tv is watched and active games or meetings or always held. Passive rooms are really more like a library where you can hear a pin drop.

Also when it comes to sizes, it must of course be proportioned. For example small furniture is good but not in extremely big rooms and vice versa.
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asianhomedec Feng Shui Decorating Rules Jun 2nd, 2010 10:46:57 pm - Subscribe
When decided to rearrange your life space or much less your bedroom by incorporating the art of Feng Shui, it is very important to understand the basic rules. While feng shui carries a numerous amount of rules and taboos, there are some basic principles that should always be adhered to and never ignored or altered to fit your space and agree with the art of Feng Shui.

One of the most important rules in feng shui is to minimize your the items in your space and life. It's probably best to get ride of all of them but not realistic. Some of us just can't throw everything away even though we need to. It is important to stop holding on to things that aren't useful or things that aren't needed. Holding on to these items stop free movement of good energy and your life.

Another rule to follow is to never sit or sleep if a corner of the house or wall is facing you as this points bad energy to you. Clearly corners are areas in the house that many of us can't get rid of, but what can be done to adhere to this feng shui rule is to place a plant of other object that will at least close this corner. Anything to cover it up should and would help.

When it comes to mirror, avoid placing them in the bedroom as this is not recommended in the art of feng shui. If they must be used, do not place mirrors near your bed because this allows duplicate relations. The mirror basically gives off the energy of another beloved person that can appear between you and your love.

Lastly, remember that energy comes threw windows and doors, thus they should always be kept clean. You should not place mirrors opposite of entrance doors, because this will cause good energy to be reflected and not enter your home.

While the art of feng shuing your bedroom or space may seem as a challenge, just take in a few of these rules and you should start feeling and seeing immediate results when it comes to energy and positive feelings.
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asianhomedec How to Keep Asian Décor Simple Jun 2nd, 2010 10:47:45 pm - Subscribe
Making your space as eastern world as possible doesn’t have to beat an impossible treat. Infact it is quite easy to create an Asian inspired theme within your home. The secret to creating your Asian Décor home is to not overpower your house with a bunch of Asian trinkets, décor and colors. Asian style homes are all about keeping things minimal and balanced.

So first thing first, get rid of all your clutter. Put away everything you don’t need and items that won’t fit into your Asian design. When you choose to keep an item, make sure it has its own “space.” Unless the item is part of a set meant to be displayed together, each item should have it’s own space and room distance from the other items to keep the area feeling spacious.

After you have cleared your space, there are some Asian items you may need:

* Houseplants: If you don’t have the conditions to take care of a houseplant or have the time to take care of a plant, take in an artificial plant that doesn’t appear to be to fake. A lot of times, when someone thinks Asian houseplant, the word “bonsai” comes to mind. You don’t have to go the typical route in decorating your home with this plant. You can explore other Asian theme plants such as cherry blossoms or the oriental lily.
* Water fountains: The use of water fountains are very classic feng shui applications. Water fountains are beautiful and the trinkling noise calms most people. Just add a few drops of bleach in the water and this will kill the bacteria and algae that would turn water green and stinky.
* Japanese tea sets/sake sets: These are perfect for adorning any kitchen or dining area. Even if you never plan to use them, they are a great add. They can be found in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and patterns.
* Chinese Gongs: Consider getting Chinese gongs. They don’t have to be huge ones. They are great for a desk, end table, or even as a mantle center piece.
* Figurines- Many of the Buddha figurines are very classic, but for a more secular look, Asian figurines come in all shapes in sizes.

Keep your space simple and add a few Asian pieces to your home and you will be able to accomplish making your home reach your Asian inspired home décor goals.
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