How to Decorate a Chinese Themed Room

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How to Decorate a Chinese Themed Room
Set a lucky bamboo plant into a corner of the room to give it a Chinese feel. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Decorating a room with a Chinese theme or Asian-inspired decor can give it a crisp, clean look of simplicity. The vibrant colours and interesting designs create an ambience with a bold, fresh appeal. Chinese-themed rooms are often based on Feng Shui decorating rules which can add balance, beauty, comfort and serenity to your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bamboo plant
  • Neutral-coloured wall paint
  • Water fountain
  • Black furnishings
  • Accessories in red and gold
  • Sculptures, lamps and potted plants
  • Floor coverings or tapestries
  • Room divider
  • Decorative accessories

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  1. 1

    Remove clutter from the room. Chinese-themed rooms focus on the intriguing aspects of the design and colour present in the decor. Too many knick-knacks or other types of clutter distract the eye from the decor.

  2. 2

    Paint the walls a neutral colour, such as off-white or taupe. This provides a simplistic background for the strong graphics of Eastern-inspired art.

  3. 3

    Hang a fountain on the wall or display a table fountain on an end table or other area. The soothing sounds of moving water helps create a calming environment.

  4. 4

    Add furniture that contains black to give the room form and definition. For instance, if you have a black leather sofa, incorporate the black in the trim of framed pictures or as an accent colour in the other knick-knacks in the room.

  5. 5

    Invest in accessories that contain rich tones of red and gold to add bright splashes of colour around the room. Display a Chinese fan or kite on the wall as decor.

  6. 6

    Place a decorative sculpture, Chinese-inspired lamps and other decor in a spot of its own. This creates a spacious look and provides room for the art to speak for itself without competing with other pieces. The same type of placement is appropriate for potted plants. This is common in Feng Shui decorating styles.

  7. 7

    Add texture to your Chinese-themed room. For instance, if you have a hardwood floor, add a bamboo mat or Oriental style area rug to add texture, colour and visual appeal. Set a carved ivory figurine on top of a sleek, black lacquer table or hang an ornate tapestry against a plain, neutral-coloured wall.

  8. 8

    Position a Chinese-style room divider into a living room or bedroom to break up large areas.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid blocking walkways, doorways or other entry points with objects. This gives the room a visual and physical flow.
  • Purchase sake tea sets, cork carvings, Chinese porcelain dolls, cloissone artwork and glazed pottery dishes to place around the rooms.

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