Asian Design

Asian, or "Zen" design, typically features elements from Japan, China, Bali, Vietnam and Thailand. Often seen in bathrooms, bedrooms and garden spaces, Asian design places emphasis on harmony and nature through open floor plans and exposed architectural components.

Asian design typically features neutral base colors (black, white and natural wood) with bright accents in red, blue or green. Natural textures such as silk, cotton and bamboo are often used in Asian design, and furniture tends toward simple, clean lines (often with a hand-crafted look) in laquered, hand-painted or raw wood finishes.

Asian design often features brightly colored accessories, handcrafts (carved wood, hammered teapots), statues (Buddhas, Tang Horses, Foo Dogs,) tatami mats and Shoji screens.

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September 19, 2019

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Asian Garden Bench

This Asian-inspired garden spot features a variety of textures and shades of green, and gets visual balance from a simple wooden bench and sculpture.

Asian Garden With Fountain and Gravel

A rectangular fountain brings energy and soothing sound to this serene Asian-inspired garden. The surrounding area is a mix of lawn and gravel beds, a visually compelling blend of textures.

Elegant Asian Kitchen

An antique Japanese tea ceremony-cabinet takes center stage in this Asian kitchen. Custom pocket doors in a fretted pattern frame the space from the dining room.

Asian Bathroom With Vessel Sinks

Separate vanities with yellow vessel sinks embody luxury in this Asian-inspired bathroom. Large bamboo poles and a white textured wall complete the look.

Asian Outdoor Lounge With Pergola

The large pergola allows for plenty of shade in this outdoor space, while the lounge area is perfect for those looking to soak up some sun. This outdoor lounge includes plenty of seating and is perfect for large crowds.

Mod Asian Penthouse Bedroom

Experience bird's eye views of China's capital city in this 5,000 square foot, two-story penthouse. Light-filled rooms flow seamlessly together for the ultimate in modern urban living. Sleek wood and bamboo surfaces used throughout the space contribute to the streamlined aesthetic, while subtle touches of traditional Chinese decor lend a sense of history and place.

Zen Bathroom with Asian Flair

In this elegant master bathroom, designer Gayle Wainwright of Chez Vous Interiors used calm, neutral hues, simple furnishings, natural materials and crisp, clean lines to create a balanced and harmonious space.

Asian Garden With Trellis

A sprawling trellis with vines provides privacy for a sunny backyard. A garden statue is surrounded by rhododendron and Japanese maples.

Brass Cabinet Hardware With Asian Flair

A coffee station with Asian-inspired accents brings just the right amount of Oriental style to the contemporary kitchen.

Asian-Inspired Black Coffee Bar With Open Shelves

Giving a morning ritual its own station makes a cup of coffee feel like a special treat every morning. This Asian-inspired coffee bar packs a bold punch with its decorative hardware and open shelving.

Neutral Modern Hallway With Asian Tapestries

Three beautifully ornate Asian-themed tapestries hang in this hallway.

Apartment With Asian Influences

Subtle Asian influences create a global style in this West Village apartment.
From: Anjie Cho

Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper

This powder room draws on Asian influences for its exotic design. Fabric wallpaper reminiscent of kimonos, a screen-like painted vanity and a vessel sink blend in an unforgettable style.

Asian Style Gazebo and Koi Pond

The Asian style gazebo and koi pond in the back yard that John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino from HGTV's Cousins on Call, have built for the Park family. This gazebo gives the Parks the perfect, serene space to relax and getaway from their everyday lives.

Asian Garden With Gravel Beds and Pond

Step out the door into the peaceful Asian-inspired garden of this modern home. Concrete slabs create walkways and a bridge across the rectangular pond. Gravel beds and ornamental grasses keep the landscaping low maintenance.

Asian Powder Room With Elaborate Vanity

This lively powder room takes cues from Asian design with a multicolor decorative vanity and all-over brown wall tiles. A bronze globe light hangs overhead and features a cutout design, allowing the light to diffuse in interesting patterns. Charcoal tiles line the floor.
From: Sullivan Design Studio

Colorful, Asian Inspired Highrise

Meticulously designed with special attention placed in the tiniest of details, every surface was considered. This condo is full of luxurious textiles, rich color palettes, attractive textures and a daring mix of old and new.

Asian Style Bedroom with Floating Wall

The upholstered headboard and floating wall muffles the sounds of the busy street traffic. A panel on the headboard opens to offer storage for the bolster at night. Tansu Chests used as nightstands adds storage and dimension to the design.

Asian-Inspired Bedroom

A panel on this bed's upholstered headboard opens to offer storage for a large bolster pillow.


Asian Entertainment Center and TV

An Asian-inspired cabinet fits perfectly beneath the flatscreen tv and provides both open display space on top and handy hidden storage.

Asian Inspired Gates Lead Into Home

The metal gates that lead into the interior entryway of this home are inspired by the Asian dynasties of old.

Asian Exterior With Glass Front Doors

The sliding front doors of this Asian-style home were given a Shoji look by taping off rectangles and sand blasting the glass.

Traditional Style Powder Room with Asian Accents

The floral and grasscloth wall papers adds rich colors and textures to this powder room. The Asian accents match well with red and black color scheme.

White Bathroom With Asian-Style Double Vanity

A large Asian-style wood vanity houses two vessel sinks, providing plenty of space for a couple to share this bathroom. White tile walls and wall sconces keep the area feeling bright and airy.

Eclectic Asian Bedroom with Built-In Aquarium

A unique aquarium mounted in the wall adds a special element of art and color to this Asian inspired bedroom.

Rich Asian-Style Dining Room

Gray textured walls surround a black dining table and chairs. A modern chandelier illuminates the gold-framed art and brings out the brushed gold details in the adjacent art pieces, while a green floral centerpiece accents the oriental design.
From: Trish Beaudet

Asian-Inspired Dining Banquette

A corner bench seating area surrounds a dining room table, which mimics the look of bamboo. An over-sized medallion makes a design statement in the space.

Asian Double Vanity Master Bathroom with Candles

On the opposite side of the master bathroom, stones, wood and mosaic tiles continue the rich layering of textures. Vessel sinks leave enough countertop space to fit two in as well as a dressing table area.

Contemporary, Asian Inspired Dining Space

This condo is full of luxurious textiles, rich color palettes, attractive textures and a daring mix of old and new. Traditional accessories and furnishings inspired by the Orient were combined with modern installations. These components are what make innovation and finesse ooze from the space.


Zen Fusion at its finest. The combination of Asian influence with the contemporary lines and products of today creates this spa environment, which features walnut cabinets, Shoji screen doors with metal tile and faux grass cloth walls. A true Japanese-style tub and a large walk-in shower with body sprays and all the works provide the finishing touches.

Asian-Style Bathroom With Bamboo Wall Covering

This exquisite Asian-style bathroom features a bamboo wall covering, soaking tub with gray tile surround, striking wooden vanity and charming ladder for stylish towel storage.

Contemporary Master Bedroom With Custom Padded Headboard

This custom-designed headboard was inspired by a serene, Zen-like surrounding. The neutral tone used on the headboard, in combination with the rich espresso wood, creates a striking backdrop that really makes everything pop. Two large hanging lamps give a modern twist to traditional bedside lighting.

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