styles and periods

Dezine Tip – Asian Decorating

Asia decorating is a very broad brush way of describing a style. As you know Asia is is a vast region rich with different cultures and traditions. We seem to have stereotyped an Asia style for interiors.
Asian decorating is becoming more popular in the western world, we love it’s simplicity and it’s subtle use of local materials like bamboo and silk. The silk fabrics are rich and opulent and tell a story on their own, the highly glossy lacquered furniture appears
sleek with simple lines and is always functional.

Learn how to create an Asian Styled Dining Room here

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Style Dezine Tip – French Empire Style

During the early 19th Century the French Empire Style emerged from the court of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

It’s defining features were heavy classical designs and geometric form. The retention of fineness combined with soft draped fabrics and highly polished veneers were key aspects of the French Empire Style.

The introduction of strong colors for the use in interiors was derived from the return of the French Gentry after their military sessions in Egypt.

To read more about the French Empire Style

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