Interior Design For The Bedroom: Asian Minimalist

Asian bedroom

Considering most of us will likely be spending at least a quarter of our lives in there, the bedroom is often the last place we think of when we're refurbishing our homes. Whilst it's true that the majority of this time is spent in the land of nod, the layout and aesthetics of your room can adversely affect not only how much sleep you get, but the quality of that sleep. Changing the décor of your bedroom doesn't necessarily mean spending thousands either, in fact there are numerous deceptively cheap and convenient changes you can make to your bedroom that will underline its colour palette and really help the room accentuate your lifestyle. And how more creative a way to go about this than by theming your bedroom to reflect your interests and your personality? Themed bedroom were once a niche concern and were only really sought after by the obscenely wealthy. But as time has worn on and tastes have become less ostentatious, the rest of us have decided to get in on the action.

A touch of Asia

More and more of us are now looking to the East for our design inspiration and with good reason. Eastern culture is sparse, delicate and refined with more emphasis on atmosphere and elegance than we're traditionally used to in the western world and this sparseness is perfectly conducive to a good nights sleep. In the following article, we'll underline a few simple design options for your bedroom, which will imbue it with all the mystique, grace and understated beauty of the Asian world.

Colour me impressed

The colour schemes preferred by the Asian world are far more subtle so if you're looking to give your bedroom an Asian flavour, you're going to want to steer clear of strong, bold colours. The majority of modern Asian homes stick quite rigidly to white, black, red and 'natural', schemes which lend the room a uniform, organic atmosphere. Wall art is of course an exception but try not to put up anything too garish. Sticking with Asian styled artwork (Japanese writing, pencil drawings etc.) will really help the theme feel cohesive. See image above.


If you're sticking with the Asian theme then minimalism is going to be your best friend. In the example below you'll see that the room itself is decorated with little more than a bed, a subtle black rug, 2 small, simple bedside tables and a headboard. All of the clothing is kept in a walk-in closet that is hidden behind two panes of flat panelling. This is a perfect example of the Asian 'less is more' philosophy to design. There is no clutter, only what is needed. Letting a large amount of natural light into the room is vital as it will really help make the room feel larger and more 'alive'. Try using blinds instead of curtains, Japanese styled screen doors or even traditional styled Chinese shutters if your wallet (and imagination) can stretch to it.

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The Furniture

The bed frame itself should be simple and free from needless accruements. A simple, basic but elegant design that rests closer to the ground than conventional Western bed frames and with a subtle headboard. Chairs (it's the bedroom so you won't be doing much sitting right) should be replaced with futons or large cushions to maximise the sense of 'space' and all of your clothing should be stored in one, large wardrobe. The general rule is 'the lesser, the better'. In terms of accessories, the Asian plant life and hanging lamps in the example below should give you some good ideas.

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