Elements of Modern Chinese Interior Design

Of all the various decorating trends and style stalwarts, Chinese interior design is one of the most unassuming yet exciting of them all. Though it is talked about less frequently than Contemporary, Mid-Century, or Scandinavian,...

Of all the various decorating trends and style stalwarts, Chinese interior design is one of the most unassuming yet exciting of them all. Though it is talked about less frequently than Contemporary, Mid-Century, or Scandinavian, Chinese furniture has gained a reputation for being consistent and comprised of enticing forms that meld into modern sensibilities.

When our Team at Oriental Casa thinks of Chinese design, there are many shapes and forms that come to mind: sleek surfaces of dark, stained woods, decorative lanterns, meticulously latticework, decorative screens, and color palettes of warm neutrals and tones of red, black, and gold. True Chinese interiors provide a sense of harmony, incorporate fine decoration, and imbue a wonderful balance of color and space.

A long view of a large living room space with Chinese furniture A Chinese influenced home with wide spaces to move about in easily.

Chinese Interior Design Elements

Creating an inviting interior for your space - whether residential or commercial - using Chinese characteristics doesn’t require elaborate features or fixtures. It can be much simpler than that.

  • Bamboo Elements This fast-growing and versatile wood, not only known for being the favorite food of China’s giant panda, but it is also a symbol of virtue. Upheld as a symbol of traditional Chinese values and the potential harmony between humanity and nature. These deep meanings are what make bamboo respected and portrayed often in Chinese interiors. (Ask to see our black metal sculptures of Bamboo trees on our showroom floor).

  • Lacquer Finishes Lacquer techniques are synonymous with Chinese interiors and were made even more popular during the Ming Dynasty. It is a skill that is over 1,400 years old and takes dedication and discipline. One piece of furniture can use multiple techniques with impressive results. At Oriental Casa, our finishes are achieved with water-based stains, as they are eco-friendly over traditional lacquer.

A black sits in an empty room An example of ancient Chinese curved arms and black lacquer finish

  • Separating Screens Used for both decorative and room-dividing purposes, screens are commonplace in Chinese interior design and Oriental Casa has many options for you to choose from. Folding screens adorned with detailed murals are often mythological or historical in theme.

Corner of a room with separating screen and bonsai tree Using a transparent screen to create a cozy corner in the home

  • Lattice Work Chinese design reflects a respect for detail and precision in the decorative pieces created. Beautiful latticework is often seen incorporated into cabinet doors and furniture trim. Many of our beds have latticework on the frames, with patterns being geometric and/or floral-based.

A living room with pillows and an elephant statue Latticework trim on the furniture adds a luxurious touch

  • Ming Dynasty Tables Ming Dynasty (1386 to 1644 AD) is referred to as the ‘golden era’ in ancient Chinese furniture and modern pieces. Pieces which emulate this period, are made from precious wood and show incredible craftsmanship and joinery. These tables should be simple in terms of structure with minimal decoration. All our pieces are created without the use of glue, screws, or nails.

Chinese Interior Design Trends

A living room with Chinese influences Living Room with key interior design elements of Chinese design

Keeping your space uncluttered is a signature of Chinese custom. A Chinese-style interior is rarely cluttered and includes a commitment to natural materials. The belief is that by bringing nature into our homes, it helps us let go of the stress of everyday life, whether this is wooden furniture, natural fiber carpeting, or using bamboo and floral symbolism.

Three Key Points to Remember When Decorating

  • Order and Flow: Establish a calm interior and plan a clear path to move around the room easily. Find a balance and enjoy your harmony.

  • Color Play: Rich color is another important facet of traditional Chinese interior design. When an abundance of red, ebony, and gold are united, it creates a strong sense of oriental design within your space.

  • Decorative Elements: Chinese design subtly embraces decorative forms. To truly develop a Chinese-inspired scheme, add pieces with carvings such as furniture or lamps, seek out intricate latticework, and finish with key impactful accessories like sculptures, bonsai, or fabrics.

At Oriental Casa, our team of designers will assist you in finding the perfect pieces to bring harmony to your home. To book an appointment, please click the button below.

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