Among the many various home décor styles present in today’s homes, oriental home décor is one of the newest trends gaining huge popularity. Many people try to create authentic oriental home décor for their dwellings, but end up with piles of clichéd stuff. Therefore, you need to know first of all just what exactly oriental home décor is. You have to know very clearly what authentic oriental style is – and what is not.
Is It True Oriental?
The most important distinction in determining whether something is an authentic oriental item, or whether it came from a tourist shop in Chinatown, is how “Zen” it is. Real oriental home décor is understated as a rule. Home décor item from a tourist shop in Chinatown may decorate your home as well. But is it oriental? The short answer is no. Items from tourist shops are generally everything but understated, and are marketed to appeal to shoppers looking for keepsake items and souvenirs. They should not appeal to you if your focus is on true oriental home décor.
Decoration that is authentically oriental is usually quite understated. On the one hand, it can involve only color, pattern and the occasional symbol that makes it oriental, such as very detailed flowers or nature scenes. However, oriental home décor does not have to be plain to be authentic. It does have to be absolutely beautiful, and it must be ‘Zen’. It cannot be frantic, and it cannot loudly proclaim its oriental qualities. The most beautiful and authentic oriental home décor would not even be identified as oriental by most people.
The simplest examples of oriental home décor, although they are not always identified as oriental, are vases with birds or flowers on them. Apart from what is depicted on such a vase, you will also notice that, most oriental vases are much smaller in size than their western counterparts are. In addition to vases, there is a multitude of fine china available from Japan that many people use to decorate their home instead of as dinnerware. Noritake is perhaps the most well-known example; Noritake plates with birds or even with a simple gold rim adorn the walls of many homes that can be featured as having authentic oriental home décor.