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Design Trends: Eastern Influences In Home Decorating Makes For A West Style Takeover

“Eastern Influences meets the West” has emerged as a hot trend in interiors and high fashion this fall.

Eastern Influences in Western Style - Splendid Habitat

Designers for interiors, fashion and accessories are embracing the colors and cultural symbols of Eastern culture this season.   “East meets West” is hot trend to refresh your style this fall.

I first saw the trend for all things East while shopping at the furniture market last spring.  Then during my fall market visit the trend had grew stronger with appearances everywhere.  Now, East meets West influences has shown itself in the fall fashion collections on the runway from New York to Paris to Milan.  This fall, the trend to Go East is going to be Hot!

You can expect to see cultural symbols and historic design images from the Asian continent; China, Japan, India, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia influence furniture, home accessories, and textiles snd fashion design this fall.  The “East meets West” influences appear in the Colors, Materials, Shapes, and Symbols we recognize from the East.

Throughout history Asian cultures have had a profound influence on fashion.  Some of the world’s most celebrated designers including YSL, John Galliano, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren have created collections influenced by Asia.

Colors of Asia – Traditional Porcelain Blue & White 

Chinese 14th century blue & white vase14th century Chinese porcelain vase in traditional blue & white

Evening Dress Roberto Cavalli Chinese Inspired

Chinese porcelain inspired evening dress by Roberto Cavalli

Manuel Canovas Jardin Blue - Eastern Influences

Manuel Canovas Jardin Blue

Some highly coveted and usually expensive Asian items in home furnishings have been blue & white porcelain, silks, carved wood furniture, furniture with inlaid stones and Asian historical carved statues.

As the world is made smaller day by day through technology, media, travel, Eastern spirituality and international trade it’s not surprising that Asia is influencing the way we decorate our homes.

Here’s my look at the top trends from East meets West Style:

Eastern Influence #1 – Colors

Accent Colors – Chartreuse, emerald green , red-orange, yellow gold & bronze, and royal blue are the colors trending in East meets West design.

Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Couture Brocade - Eastern InfluencesSchiaparelli Fall 2015 Couture Collection – Bold Gold in Brocade

Scandinavian decor Gio Ponti´s gold chairsScandinavian style Gio Ponti´s Gold chairs & walls

Eastern Influence Accessories

To read my post on Chartreuse trend click here

To read my post on Royal Blue click here

Balenciaga Chinese red handbag

Balenciaga Chinese lacquered red handbag

Eastern Influence #2 – Materials

– Bamboo

– All things bamboo are strong in furniture – edging faux bamboo, colored bamboo

Faux Bamboo Etergerie Gold

Faux Bamboo Etagere in gold

Bamboo patterned lamps - Eastern Influences

Bamboo Patterned lamps

white dressers - JD

Bamboo styled wallpaper in blue

– Brocades

Dolce&Gabbana Brocade Handbag - Eastern Influences

Dolce & Gabbana Brocade Handbag with red leather

Solange in Brocade pants - Eastern Influences

Solange in Brocade Chinese Dragon Patterned pants

– Aged looking metals – antiquities – smokey grey, burnt bronze, antique mirrors

Bronze drum coffe table - Eastern Influences

Hammered metal coffee table in bronze

Ann Sacks diamond bronze tile

Bronze porcelain tiles and faucet

and – The Asia Trinity – Lacquer, Porcelain & Jade  

Eastern Influence #3 – Shapes &  Symbols

Chinoiserie – wallpaper, fabrics, and accessories – traditional and new styles

Chinoiserie Wallpaper w Pagodas - Eastern Influences

Chinoiserie wallpaper & fabrics with Pagodas

Manuel Canovas NewEngland Home

Symbols – Dragon patterns

China dragon plate set - PW

Hermes Chinese dragon pattern china

Chines Dragon White lamp

Dragon Lamp in Porcelain

thumb_IMG_4762_1024Scalamandre Chinese Dragon fabric on chair

Shapes – Pagoda Chic is everywhere from classic furniture armoires, to chest and in lamps.

Japonais Pagoda Building - Eastern InfluencesJaponais Pagoda

Pagoda Lantern Lamp - Eastern InfluencesPagoda shaped Lamp

Pagoda Mirrors - Eastern Influences

Pagoda shaped Mirror in lacquered faux bamboo

Pink Pagoda Lamp - Eastern Influences

Pagoda and Blue & white - Eastern Influences

Outdoor – Garden stools inspired by traditional asian shapes in a fabulous array of colors

Antique Chinese Garden Stool - Eastern InfluencesAntique Chinese Garden Stools – 1st dibs

Garden StoolsGarden Stools in dynasty colors for indoor and outdoor use

Did you know – Asian countries are ~30% of the world land and 60% of world population?

It’s inevitable the west would be influenced by it’s aura.

The East meets West trend is not only a strong visual statement, it appeals to my desire to learn about different places in the world.

You may be bitten too.  The objects you may be attracted to often have meaning behind them.  This trend could be a perfect opportunity to learn about them.

I’d love to know what you think of this trend.  Will you embrace East meets West trend in your home?

Until next time …

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  • JuanSligo2

    Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Elle

      Hello Juan,

      I am using the WP platform with a self hosted domain. Glad to answer and thanks for the compliment. Good luck.