As we are well aware, China is no longer the “sleeping giant”, a term once used by Napoleon. Some prognosticators say that China’s economy may overtake ours as soon as next year, nearly a decade sooner than most believed.
China has gone from a society that was firmly rooted in Communism to one where private wealth is now encouraged. Hordes of bicycles have been replaced by bumper-to-bumper Porches making their way to fashionable shopping streets and art districts.
China is also on the leading edge of global furnishings design. If you are interested in capturing Chinese home environments that are aesthetically genuine and fresh, here are a few ideas from Vern Yip, interior designer on HGTV.
- Use neutral color schemes on walls, floors and ceilings. Recommended colors: soft whites, light tans and pale grays. Neutral colors showcase Chinese domestic furniture and geometric patterns. Inject a dash of red in a lampshade or accessory for a striking accent.
- Use Chinese geometrics and calligraphy to create interesting wall hangings. Used sparingly these accents are modern looking and bold.
- Buy clean and classic Chinese furniture. Avoid the fussy, embellished furniture popular in Chinese restaurants. Less is more with this look.