Living in China is a busy, ultra-modern lifestyle and the interior design in Chinese homes reflects these qualities. The chic, sleek and contemporary lines of contemporary Chinese furniture punctuated with traditional elements coming from wall paper patterns, soft furnishings and striking oriental paintings make Chinese homes a temple of good taste and practical simplicity.
These days sumptuous furnishings contrast dramatically against traditional Chinese home decorations. In rural areas of China where the mainly poorer families live interior design has yet to contribute towards their standard of living. But in the urban areas of the huge Chinese cities like Beijing, modern designs, drawing from traditional culture, are rife in the homes, hotels and offices all over the city. Typical colours used in Chinese decor are black and bright red primary colours scattered with filaments of gold decorations.
Calligraphy and exotic images or patterns of birds, fish or flowers are used to express the very essence of Chinese culture. Bamboo furniture, wooden blinds and screens help contrast against paler plain walls and ornate lacquered furniture as feature pieces in room add to the rich opulence of colour. Chinese motifs such as the tiger, monkey and of course dragons feature heavily on rugs, wall hangings and accessories. It’s not unusual to have paper lanterns for your lighting and ceramics with candles burning, filling home with wonderful scents and a soft comforting and relaxing glow. Practical blue and white Chinese pottery is typical of old meets new contemporary design and looks fantastic in living rooms and dining rooms too.
This growth in interior design interest is reflected elsewhere in China’s economy. Considering that China manufactures the bulk of the world’s electronics, shoes and many other products most of the actual designs are done in the US or Europe. Chinese companies are trying to build global brands and so the design business is now booming. Finding interior designers with a Chinese influence to revamp your home decor is very easy these days.