Decorating in the Asian style is a real exercise in creating balance, tranquility and harmony among the items of daily living and nature.
One of the most fundamental things to keep in mind is the Asian sensibility of incorporating simple beauty and utility, and a seamless transition from the thoughtfully spiritual to the every day elements of daily life.
Creativity, to the Asian culture is a sacred process, and is incorporated in everyday living. Appreciation of beauty and respect for all things is very much a part of the Asian culture and is very clearly epitomized in their design style.
Natural materials are basic to Oriental decorating, along with strong forms, textures, and colors. There is a lot of symbolism involved with this decorating style; whether you choose the stronger forms or more subtle ones, make sure that your colors, textures and materials are in harmony with nature.
For instance, heaven, man, and earth symbols can be symbolically expressed by a tall paper lantern, a middle sized paper lantern, and finally a small paper lantern sitting sedately in a lacquered tray atop some natural elements like sand, smooth stones or seeds. Other materials commonly include silk, in many delightful colors and patterns, bamboo both live and cane bamboo, grass cloth, clay wood, stone, parchment and glass.