What are some ideas for an asian/buddhist/martial arts-themed room?

Go nuts. Give me all you got.

Use a colour pallette inspired by traditional Asian art and decoration. This can include black, off white, rich red or burgundy, gold, and gold metalic leaf. Choose furniture items in sleek black laquer finishes, with raw silk or satin like fabrics, and Asian embroidered motifs. Pick a black inlaid cabinet, armoire, buffett, or occasional table(s), or a decorative inlaid bi or tri- fold hinged screen as accent/ art pieces. Use simple "Soji" screens as room dividers. These are light weight wood framed rice paper panels, again bi or tri- fold, or sliding panels in tracks top and bottom. Find large embroidered silk fabric pieces depicting Asian themes and frame as artwork in simple black frames. Or you can create your own by choosing simple Chinese symbols and paint them in black on an unframed stretched off white canvas
If you live in a larger city with a China town area, definately shop in authentic Asian stores where you can find all of the above items at surprisingly good prices. Asian "supermarkets" are usually stocked with lots of decorative items for inspiration. You can find oversized vases or urns to hold live bamboo stalks, as well as art, fabrics, and all sorts of ornamentation. Look for tea sets, Buddas, elephants, decorative plates to hang, etc.
For flooring you could go with sisal or jute mats or a decorative Asian/ Oriental area rug. If you have hardwood, refinish it in black laquer.
Keep your wall finishes simple, choosing paint, or a grasscloth wallcovering. There are a lot of vinyl grasscloth look wallcoverings available as well as the real thing.
For windowcoverings, choose bamboo roll ups, or woven wood roman shades, all available at stores such as Home Depot. If you want fabric drapes, choose simple, unruffled panels in deep colours and raw silk or silk look fabrics.
This type of decor should be built up gradually, a work in progress, with each piece specially selected. Also, in keeping it real, you should do your research into the practise of Feng Shui, and incorporate some of it’s concepts into your design.
Good luck, and have fun with it.

5 Responses to “What are some ideas for an asian/buddhist/martial arts-themed room?”

  1. natalie v says:

    Swords. Paper lanterns. Bamboo candle holders. Incense. Straw mats. Folding screens. Buddha statues(of course). Lots of pillows for floor seating.
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  2. Leo C says:

    CHECK OUT A FUNG SHUI BOOK ,SO YOU CAN REALLY GET THE WHOLE FEELING,THEN THROW IN SOME MARTIAL ART WEAPONS OF ANY KIND,BAMBOO,KANJI SYMBOLS,WHITE CRANES,TIGERS,DRAGONS,ROOSTERS, YI YE BALLS,FOUNTAINS,MOST OF ALL KEEP IT SIMPLE AND KEEP IT FLOWING(FUNG SHUI)
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  3. jynxxxedangel says:

    Go check out IKEA, they have TONS of paper lanterns and natural fabrics that would go great with that theme! AND, they are INEXPENSIVE!
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    http://www.ikea.com

  4. lveno4 says:

    Use a colour pallette inspired by traditional Asian art and decoration. This can include black, off white, rich red or burgundy, gold, and gold metalic leaf. Choose furniture items in sleek black laquer finishes, with raw silk or satin like fabrics, and Asian embroidered motifs. Pick a black inlaid cabinet, armoire, buffett, or occasional table(s), or a decorative inlaid bi or tri- fold hinged screen as accent/ art pieces. Use simple "Soji" screens as room dividers. These are light weight wood framed rice paper panels, again bi or tri- fold, or sliding panels in tracks top and bottom. Find large embroidered silk fabric pieces depicting Asian themes and frame as artwork in simple black frames. Or you can create your own by choosing simple Chinese symbols and paint them in black on an unframed stretched off white canvas
    If you live in a larger city with a China town area, definately shop in authentic Asian stores where you can find all of the above items at surprisingly good prices. Asian "supermarkets" are usually stocked with lots of decorative items for inspiration. You can find oversized vases or urns to hold live bamboo stalks, as well as art, fabrics, and all sorts of ornamentation. Look for tea sets, Buddas, elephants, decorative plates to hang, etc.
    For flooring you could go with sisal or jute mats or a decorative Asian/ Oriental area rug. If you have hardwood, refinish it in black laquer.
    Keep your wall finishes simple, choosing paint, or a grasscloth wallcovering. There are a lot of vinyl grasscloth look wallcoverings available as well as the real thing.
    For windowcoverings, choose bamboo roll ups, or woven wood roman shades, all available at stores such as Home Depot. If you want fabric drapes, choose simple, unruffled panels in deep colours and raw silk or silk look fabrics.
    This type of decor should be built up gradually, a work in progress, with each piece specially selected. Also, in keeping it real, you should do your research into the practise of Feng Shui, and incorporate some of it’s concepts into your design.
    Good luck, and have fun with it.
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    I am an Interior Designer.

  5. Andrew L says:

    start by putting bamboo flooring down
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