Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Red Asian-Inspired Furniture and Decorative Accessories


In Chinese culture the color red symbolizes happiness and good fortune - and nothing makes an Asian-inspired room happier than a few well-chosen touches of red. I’ve rounded up a few rooms today that show what a difference red Asian-inspired accents make – and I’ve compiled a selection of red Chinese furniture pieces and decorative accessories to give you additional decorating ideas. See if they don’t inspire you to rev up your own rooms with red – and bring a bit of Valentine’s Day into your home year ‘round.          

asian inspired living room by miles redd

Above: The red rug, flowers, pillows and Chinese ancestor painting rev up this New York City living room designed by Miles Redd. Photographed for Elle Decor by Simon Upton.


red Chinese ming-style chow leg table

At left: Add a pop of red to any room with this little Ming-style square table. Just 14” high, it’s perfect as a plant stand or as a place to perch a book and a drink.


red chinese wedding box trunk with rattan top






At right: Use this red reproduction Chinese wedding box trunk with its woven rattan top as a side table – or group two of them together to make an unusual coffee table.



mary mcdonald room accessorized with red

Above: One of my favorite Mary McDonald rooms. Red accents punch up the comfortable khaki and white decor.


chinese wedding cabinet red lamp

At left: Add Qing Dynasty style to your living room or bedroom with this wonderful red Chinese wedding cabinet table lamp.


red chinoiserie wooden pagoda birdcage











At right: Banish the decorative blahs with a wooden Chinoiserie pagoda birdcage in bright red.


red asian inspired accessories in white and khaki living room

Above: Red Chinese garden stools, chair cushions and red and white upholstery really bring this Mary McDonald room to life.


red goldfish chinese garden stool

red open-work chinese garden stool 









Above left: Lucky red goldfish adorn this white porcelain Chinese garden stool available at Overstock. Above right: Beautiful open work makes this Chinese red porcelain garden seat a standout.


red chinese chippendale furniture in eclectic sunroom

Above: In this colorful New York sunroom designed by Meg Braff and photographed for House Beautiful by Frances Janisch, the red Chinese Chippendale chairs and leather-topped card table are definitely the focal point.


red lacquer Chinese horseshoe chairs and wine table

Above: This great red lacquer Chinese grouping from Maine’s The Azure Dragon would make a stunning focal point in almost any room. The set includes two carved Chinese horseshoe chairs and a carved wine table.


contemporary living room with red accents

Above: Revving up a room with Asian-inspired red can be as simple as adding a vase and a few pillows, as in this contemporary living room from House to Home. Or make your design statement with a decorative chest or bench like those below…


black and red chinese butterfly cabinet

At left: The bright red drawer fronts on this Chinese black lacquer three-drawer chest are festooned with hand-painted butterflies.


red silk faux bamboo bench







At right: A red silk seat makes this faux bamboo bench especially eye-catching.


red chinese chippendale garden bench world market 

At left: New from World Market, a wonderful wooden Chinese Chippendale bench in bright red. Use it in the garden, mud room or even in the front hall.


red asian bench world market




At right: Also from World Market, this red Asian bench with simple lines would fit in just about anywhere.


red accents in a neutral asian-inspired living room

Above: Another example of how just a few touches of red are all it takes to punch up a neutral room. Picture this living room by Guchi interior Design without them. 


crystal lake asian-inspired pillows by Legacy Home


At right: Custom-made red and white Asian-inspired decorative pillows from the Crystal Lake bedding collection by Legacy Home.



red ming style 3-drawer Chinese chest






At left: I love the clean lines of this red Ming-style chest. The three drawers are felt-lined for a protective touch.




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