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What makes Chinese interior design so fascinating?

The Chinese culture is a rich and varied one, stretching back many generations. From beautiful poetry in the Tang dynasty to the sublime artistry of the Qing dynasty, it has many layers to immerse yourself in. One key strand of Chinese culture is the importance of symbols in its furniture design. This added depth gives it a real fascination when compared to traditional Western-style furniture. Chinese furniture helps to inspire and energise Within Chinese furniture making, symbols and patterns have long been used when designing a piece. From butterfly decorated sideboards to cabinets with pretty flowers on, Chinese furniture makers have always incorporated this into their designs. But why do they do this? The simple answer is that Chinese culture...

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Soothing nature-inspired oriental interiors for springtime

Oriental interiors are famous for creating an ambience of calm and serenity. From Feng Shui to Zen, design principles from oriental cultures emphasise harmony and balance as an aesthetic priority. Where is this sense of balance drawn from? In most cases, it is inspired by nature. Natural colours and patterns  The colours and patterns of oriental interior design echo the shapes and tones of the natural world. This could be the secret of their peaceful effect on our living space and the reason why so many people look to furnish their sanctuary spaces in an oriental style.Traditional oriental art work features elegant, simple representations of the gentle curves and soft colour palettes of landscapes and plants. Choosing oriental furniture with...

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The meaning of colour in Chinese culture

Colour symbolism is far more important in oriental cultures than it is here in the west. Their colour theory is based on the five elements - Earth, Fire, Metal, Water and Wood - which play an equally important part in Chinese culture. Here's what the five most important colours mean in China.

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The fascinating history of Chinese cabinets

The primary design features of oriental furniture have changed little since the long-ago days when all-powerful emperors reigned and exotic pieces were all the rage in English country homes. Still decadent, ostentatious, and exquisitely crafted, this style of interior design is exceptionally beautiful, especially when it takes the form of the world-renowned Chinese cabinet. 

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