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Help with making kitchen look oriental
shannel
January 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
i painted the wall blue, was going to add red accessories. im having a hard time witht this. suggestions please. Also, im looking for a asian style dining room set. I am also looking to decorate my entry way, PLEASE SUGGEST....
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TanCalGal
The Upward Bound House by Elizabeth Bomberger

In one of your other posts, you show the photo, "Upward Bound House". Is this the color of your kitchen walls? Here is another kitchen with similar colors. Camilla Molders Design

Here R some low tables & chairs. click. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Low+Asian+Dining+Table&qpvt=Low+Asian+Dining+Table&FORM=IGRE
January 8, 2013 at 5:02pm     
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Cancork Floor Inc.
I'm going to suggest a "bamboo" mimic cork floor (because that's what I do...cork flooring). I do this because a tremendous amount of people have used this floor to CREATE an asiatic feel to their space.

Please enjoy the photos as well as the floor. Perhaps there are design elements in the photos (other than the floor) that inspire you!
January 8, 2013 at 5:09pm     
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Aja Mazin
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January 8, 2013 at 5:30pm   
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inkwitch
Suggest you go to a book store and look at decorating books with Oriental style in mind. Most Oriental is either mostly neutrals and earth tones with pops of color (lacquer red, vermillion - what color is that? saffron, cobalt blue). I bet houzz has a few ideabooks about Oriental.

Cork floors will work. It's natural and a renewable resource. It's probably more reasonable than teak. Check out bamboo. It's less expensive too, and comes in various shades.

Re-doing your kitchen to Oriental means pulling out all those lights (which I'd do no matter what style you choose). Your kitchen looks empty. It needs a counter from the wall at the end of what currently exists. Something with a distressed wood countertop and two stools (tall or short). The cabinets can be painted according to your color scheme (lacquer red on top, glossy black below? Remove the inset on the uppers and replace with a carved lattice design?)
January 8, 2013 at 5:39pm     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I would add an Asian style wallpaper to the walls...perhaps only the wall against which you were standing when you shot the photo, if there is a wall there as I suspect there is. The other walls could be painted the background color of the wallpaper. The Asian chest, below, would look great against the wallpaper. I like the glass top table below for the dining area, even tho it's not truly Asian. Adding brass drawer pulls to the cabinets would leand an Asian air to them.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID Foulards VP 681 02 Wallpaper Double Happiness Tall Sideboard Jackson Gold Leafed Dining Table Octagonal Series Handle
January 8, 2013 at 5:53pm     
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Darzy
Hello Caroyln Albert. Nice to "see" you! As always, great suggestions for this kitchen.
January 8, 2013 at 5:58pm     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Thanks, Darzy! How's the new year treating you?
January 8, 2013 at 6:00pm   
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decoenthusiaste
Here is a beauty for inspiration.
KITCHEN
Kitchen
January 8, 2013 at 6:31pm     
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Darzy
@Carolyn.. so far so good! How about you? Have a good New Years?
shannel...I think simple, asian inspired chairs would look nice (in a wood tone closer to your cabinets) and keep the kitchen simple with clean lines. I like deco's photo with the nice oval chandelier.

January 8, 2013 at 7:11pm     
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Cabell Design Studio
Hello shannel,

Some nice suggestions for you so far. What is your budget?

For a 'wow' factor you might think about painting in red lacquer either the walls or the cabinets and installing strongly Asian influenced hardware. Neither of these two suggestions would break your budget. Examples below:

For a more invested decision, try a strong oriental rug and/ or an oriental drapery treatment at the window. Of course, anytime you can introduce a piece of chinoiserie you will invoke the orient. Or a rustic chinese table.... And add asian inspired accessories, like the following chandelier:

A few Houzz examples for your inspiration:

Moroccan Lounge

2 E. 63rd Street

Living Room Bar

Cloisonne Chrysanthemum Pull

Chinese Custom Rug Designs 1

Chinese Custom Rug Designs 2

Vintage Chinese Butcher's Table

Low Sideboard

Shanghai Lantern - SALE - LAST ONE


Best of luck with your decorating and please let us know if we can be of any assistance,

Elizabeth
Cabell Design Studio
January 8, 2013 at 7:26pm     
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drop_the_walls
Floor idea is good. Light has to go! I like this one: http://www.lightingshowplace.com/maxim-10993wsrc-roasted-chestnut-asian-themed-3-light-23-5-wide-bathroom-fixture-from-the-asiana-collection/f349499

Also, plants are easy to add when you're done with everything else and still have space
January 8, 2013 at 7:36pm     
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Darzy
BTW..visit used furniture consignment stores. You can get some really good deals on asian dining sets as people who have had for years looking for a different style take their quality furniture there.
January 8, 2013 at 7:37pm     
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drop_the_walls
How much do you want to do? Like new counters, cupboards, paint, etc?
January 8, 2013 at 7:37pm     
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groveraxle
Love the pics from decoenthusiaste. Here are some more:
Holt 1
Holt 2
Kim Johnson- renovated kitchen
Asian design tends to be very simple, understated, and elegant. I wouldn't go for the Chinese restaurant look.
January 8, 2013 at 8:01pm     
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Cancork Floor Inc.
Groveraxle, love the "Japanese" side of Asia presented there! I guess a basic question would be for Shannel - "Chinese", "Thai", "Japanese", "Indonesian", "Mongolian"?

Which "Asian" is your "favourite"? (I personally like the sleek design elements of traditional Japanese with the "Wow" factor of one major piece...but that's me!).
January 8, 2013 at 9:00pm     
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lwilson126
I actually have an oriental rug in my kitcen. Takes a beating and looks amazing. All bugets on these.
January 8, 2013 at 11:41pm     
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
You really have a blank slate to start with and that is good. I would paint the walls a cinnabar color which is an orangy red, add a pagoda style tole chandelier and Funritnure that has an oriental feel. Put some blue and white blue willow plates on the walls. The best place to get ideas is a blog called Choisserie Chic. Daily posting with great ideas.
January 9, 2013 at 3:57am     
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shannel
thanks for your suggestions. i do aplogize for being to basic. I when I say oriental, i meant to say Japanese. I guess because i grew up there I automaically think everyone knows. Im glad u agree.
January 9, 2013 at 5:49pm   
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shannel
i really appreciate everyones ideas! I am definatly drooling over the shoji dividers!! My budget is very cheap! LOL. im taking it one step at a time.
January 9, 2013 at 5:56pm   
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shannel
here is a pic of my kitchen with the walls painted blue. I like the red, was thinking about doing a different acccessory color but since im going for japanese style i think the red looks good. let me know wha you suggest to this now that you see the embellished blue on the wall.
January 9, 2013 at 6:08pm   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I never lived in Japan, so I hesitate to say this, but the shade of blue I see on your walls is not what I think of as typically Japanese. I think of the blue that is in the blue and white porcelains as a Japanese blue, and I see it in a blue and white scheme, not blue and red.
January 9, 2013 at 6:13pm     
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shannel
here is a seating arrangment that i was crushing over when i first got my condo. I was thinking of putting a straight low table against the left side wall with the round seats and directly across i was going to do a high bar table for company who does not want to sit on the floor.
January 9, 2013 at 6:15pm   
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TanCalGal
I like the colors.

Very much like your inspiration photo of "upward bound house" (above).

The flooring tiles are shoji screen in shape!
January 9, 2013 at 6:25pm     
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shannel
caroyln there is no limit when it comes to japanes style/fashion. your eye will only let you see as far as you let it. if you look at the pic that olldj22 posted with the blue , red, gold etc you may get a feel of the look im going for. Maybe i should not have said japanese. i just want an oriental style kitchen, feng shui feel to my home...
January 9, 2013 at 6:26pm     
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shannel
olldj22 thank you for your inspirations, i was thinking of covering my tile flooring but i love it so much! a friend suggested i add a wooded baboo type covering once i get my table situated.... maybe i should just leave it bare?
January 10, 2013 at 6:14am   
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TanCalGal
I'd leave floor bare. Easier to care for bare. Also, floor looks in good condition & matches appliances. If you look at your Asian inspired inspiration photo, the designer used quite a bit of white (bedding, lamp base) as a contrast to the blue, red, cream & yellow colors.

FYI: The inspiration photo was described as Asian or Asian inspired by Becky Harris and several other designers here.


Possibly after you get low table, a tatami mat under the table?
January 10, 2013 at 6:50am     
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shannel
YESSSS Olldj22 you are in my head!!! LOL! I was thinking the same thing about the tatami mat under the table. So do you agree with a high table directly across from the low table?? for those who cant sit that low?
January 10, 2013 at 6:55am   
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shannel
the color of my kitchen walls is Embellished Blue, a color I got from Home Depot.
January 10, 2013 at 6:56am   
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shannel
loving the camilla molders design , olldj22 posted!!
January 10, 2013 at 6:59am   
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TanCalGal
Most kitchens do not have room for 2 tables. Measure the tables that interest you and the floor space, too. Start with the low table and maybe use a temporary folding bridge table for the few times you'll need it?
January 10, 2013 at 7:00am     
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shannel
my dining area is HUGE!!! :) i would just have to have the tables against each wall, but the low table would look beaut in the middle!
January 10, 2013 at 7:01am   
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TanCalGal
Sounds good.
January 10, 2013 at 7:02am     
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kitasei
If your taste runs to Japanese rustic, this Canadian company makes beautiful components: http://www.greenteadesign.com/kitchen-cabinets.html.
January 10, 2013 at 7:18am     
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kitasei
Carolyn, blue and red actually is a very Japanese combination. The blue is the faded indigo of yukata and the red is the bright red of wedding kimono linings. The red can also be the shibui red of old lacquerware.
January 10, 2013 at 7:23am     
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shannel
kitasei, genki? Thank you so much for the site that you posted! it really helped me get a good look on how i want my home to be. Domo.
January 11, 2013 at 5:58am     
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kitasei
I came across this kitchen island with a Japanese flavor and thought of you!
March 29, 2013 at 7:01am     
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shannel
I'm over the blue walls... or am I??? I am still in a rut on how to DEC my kitchen in an oriental style. I added a wall piece since my last post. I'm thinking take the red away and bring out colors from that? still no kitchen table...Ive hung 2 screens I've always had to save money from buying a Shoji screen! please help!!! .
December 31, 2013 at 4:18pm   
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Lockman Renovations LLC
stain the cabinets black or espresso ( brown-black) and find some interesting Asian inspired hardware.. Swap out your appliances for black as well. change the shade on the window for something Asian inspired. It's hard to tell on thecountertops but an earthy feeling would be good. paint in a beige. change the light fixture to an Asian inspired fixture. What would be really cool is lay a bamboo click lock floor down and try to find a bamboo butcher block countertop. Though I'm sure bamboo countertops would be custom and expensive lol.
December 31, 2013 at 4:24pm   
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shannel
I can't swap out any appliances at the moment.... is there any way I can work around not having black appliances and still have an Oriental feel?
December 31, 2013 at 4:29pm   
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Lockman Renovations LLC
as always.... do what you can with what you have :) I don't think it will hurt having the white but would be better black imho.
December 31, 2013 at 4:43pm   
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