Oriental Chic: The New Trend for Interior Decoration

With this new style of oriental origin, it's possible to create a space that transmits calm and tranquility through order and simplicity. We'll tell you how to apply it to your house here!
Oriental Chic: The New Trend for Interior Decoration

Written by Jonatan Menguez

Last update: 06 October, 2022

Many of the recent decorative trends have one or more elements of oriental culture. The fact is that the practices of the East, and Japan, in particular, tend to prioritize designs that transmit calm and simplicity to the interior of a home. That’s why one of the most used trends in 2022 is oriental chic decoration.

This is a trend that pays close attention to aesthetics. Through the use of soft lines, neutral colors, and minimalist furniture, it’s possible to build very colorful interiors. However, the real priority has to do with the tranquility that a particular arrangement of a space transmits.

What is oriental chic decoration?

A new trend of oriental origin is being used in the living rooms and bedrooms of many homes. In this case, it’s a decorative practice that seeks to generate a sense of peace, order, and calm. Then, these same sensations are transmitted to the people who use the spaces – a very common benefit of oriental decoration.

However, while simple, the oriental chic decor also doesn’t neglect the aesthetic aspect. The main objective is to achieve harmony in the combination of calm, beauty, and comfort. To do this, a series of particular features are used. These include linear textures, colors in neutral ranges, and the inclusion of handcrafted elements.

In this way, it’s possible to achieve an original style with just a few renovations, and without a large investment of money. To do this, you can put new use to old items and reorganize your space. At the same time, you get very elegant rooms that convey the calm and tranquility that’s so typical of Japanese culture.

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Common features of oriental chic decoration

Implementing the oriental chic trend is simple and much more budget-friend when compared to other styles. This is because it prioritizes reconditioned furniture, antique elements, and a handcrafted component.

Color range

A space that seeks to convey calm, order, and comfort is compatible with a neutral color range. Soft tones, in the range of beige, white or gray all work very well.

However, there doesn’t need to be only one tone. Combinations with colors such as blue or pink are also possible, as long as a subdued atmosphere prevails in the room.

Minimalism and neutral colors
Minimalism with neutral colors can also be perceived in other decorative trends, such as Scandinavian decor.


In decoration, minimalism is concerned with reducing the burden of a space to the essentials. The oriental chic trend also follows a similar mindset.

The priority is to have environments stripped of what isn’t necessary and what doesn’t work. In this way, you can achieve more comfortable areas for circulation and plenty of free space.

Crafts in the oriental chic trend

The incorporation of some handmade furniture or ornament goes beyond the handmade. It’s a way to add a component of exclusivity, personalization, and spirituality to a space.

Therefore, the presence of handcrafted objects is essential to achieve an oriental chic home. As for materials, wood is highly recommended.

Imperfect aesthetics

This may sound contradictory, but in this trend of Japanese origin, it is possible to identify beauty within objects, furniture, or ornaments that have marks of use. This is a way of prioritizing the stories behind the material.

This doesn’t mean that all the elements of the space must be broken. Rather, it’s about achieving a balance in the combination of new and used objects.

Reused furniture

One of the aspects that make oriental chic decoration accessible to everyone is its low investment requirements. For example, this is very useful when it comes to new furniture and objects.

For this trend, it’s more valuable to refurbish old furniture than to buy new pieces. Painting your furniture with different colors, repairing it, or changing certain components can be the solution to give it a new life.

In this way, it’s possible to renew your grandmother’s old armchair, an inherited closet, or tables and chairs that are already several years old, for instance. Within the oriental chic style, the story behind an object is more important than the brightness of new things, whether it be something that’s yours or something you’ve inherited from your ancestors or a loved one.

Oriental chic decor
Looking at images of oriental rooms can serve as a guide to understanding the concepts of calm and order in Japanese culture.

Textiles for oriental chic decor

To follow the line of a trend that brings tranquility and comfort when it comes to textiles, the use of natural fabrics and fibers is recommended. Cotton, linen, or coconut fiber are all good options for objects such as bed linen or pillows. Hand-woven rugs with soft colors also fit this style.

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The meaning behind the oriental chic trend

To decorate your home or space with this trend, you must keep in mind its essential conceptual meaning. Oriental chic isn’t only a way to beautify an environment or to seek calm through order. It’s also a way to revalue and give new life to the elements you already have that are already part of the space and don’t have to be discarded.

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