Colours of the East

Colour is one of the most stimulating elements in our lives, having the power to change our mood.

Different hues can attract our attention or evoke feelings of calm, passion and anger.

It is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a room, so it’s no wonder that colour, and how you use it, is among the most important decorating decisions you’ll make in your home.

Colour has the single greatest impact on a design plan, and your chosen colour scheme will affect your perceptions and feelings within your living environment.

In short, colour is more than just an aesthetic decision, it has powerful influences.

“One thing I always say about paint is that it really is the most cost-effective way to introduce a ‘big’ look or just make a soft, subtle statement.” says Michelle Butler of Design Studio in Grand Cayman.

“Many clients leave their walls white because they are nervous to apply some colour and I always encourage them to just try a few samples areas on a wall and see how it feels for a week or so.  Then, the application seems less daunting and they can have some fun with it.”

Certain colours tend to elicit particular emotions, moods, and physical feelings. Blue, green and violet evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water and grass. These colours will give an impression of calm and can help create a soothing atmosphere.

Alternatively, brighter hues like red, orange and yellow are considered warm colours because we associate such shades with fire and the sun. Choose these hues when you want to make a room seem cosy and warm.

Asian decor is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to decorate a home and with its clear, crisp and spacious effect, it’s easy to see why this theme is so desirable.

Creating an Asian-inspired space is not just about placing Asian-themed designs and products in a room; carefully chosen colours are very important when trying to create an ambience.

The basic things you need to take into consideration with an Asian-themed room are carefully chosen colours, a lack of clutter and a variety of different fabrics and rich textures.

There is a colour palette for each and every style. Black, crimson and gold are good standbys for an Asian theme, and make a dramatic statement in living rooms and dining rooms, Consider more Zen-inspired colours for bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, incorporating jade green, lavender, pale blue and light yellow.

If you want to opt for a bolder statement, red is a great colour for Asian-themed dining or living rooms. Red paint makes a dramatic statement so use it on a feature wall or buy red accessories and furnishings.

You can also use it for a bedroom but, keep in mind how bright this colour may be and whether it will negatively affect your sleeping pattern. The red should not be a primary colour, instead opt for a slightly brown hue heading toward a maroon.

Create a kitchen inspired by Chinese pottery by using cobalt blue and white. Or, in a bedroom, bring to mind oriental cherry blossoms by using pink, deep brown and grey.

Crisp white works well as an accent colour for an Asian-themed room. Although you may choose a more vibrant colour to serve as your primary focus, you can use white to paint furnishings or to add a mural to a darker coloured wall.

A deep, rich purple is also great for a bold Asian-themed room. Use it as the dominant colour on the walls or as an accent colour. Purple floral leaves are a good motif for an Asian design.
Additionally, use purple by stencilling a simple design on the edges of a table to give it an extra burst of brightness.

Many Asian interiors successfully bring the outdoors inside through the use of natural colours and materials. A minimalist approach is also a big part of Asian design so de-cluttering your space is a good idea.

The goal of Asian décor is to arrange or decorate a room or home in a way that produces balance, serenity, beauty and comfort. 


To get the Asian effect 

  • De-clutter your space
  • Use calming colours
  • Choose a vibrant colour for a feature wall
  • Select brightly-coloured accessories
  • Use a range of fabrics and rich textures