To counteract the frenetic pace of today’s hectic lifestyle, you probably want your home to be your sanctuary. And, when it comes to decorating your home, Asian decor is unique in its ability to convey that sense of peacefulness and harmony that is all too often missing from other elements of life.

One of the wonderful things about Oriental decor is that it’s extremely flexible. You can add soothing Asian touches throughout your home, or go all out and transform your living space into a serene Asian paradise. Either way, here are some ideas to inspire you:

Asian Lamps
Asian lamps can add a decorative touch and infuse warm light in your living room or bedroom. Saa paper lamps are typically square, and are constructed from natural materials like bamboo, teak, or rattan, with handmade and hand-painted saa paper covering the frame.

While some Asian lamps are painted with a decidedly Asian theme, others complement any style of home decor. Available in a variety of colors and designs, these lamps bring both artistry and harmony to a room.

For the Table
Asian-inspired table settings stand out for their elegance and simplicity. Bamboo placemats can be used every day or paired with silk table runners to bring more formality to mealtime. Bamboo skin candleholders and tea lights add to the ambiance created by good food and great friends.

Accents for the Home
Whether you’d like to recover throw pillows on your couch or want to accent infuse your bedroom with an Asian influence, you can’t go wrong with cushion covers. Handmade using natural fibers like Thai silk, wool, and cotton, you can easily slip them over your existing pillows or slip a pillow form into them.

Another way to bring contemporary Asian decor into your home is through the use of silk photo frames. Thai silk gives your treasured photographs an elegant touch, while the fabric patterns easily coordinate with modern home decor. Similarly, silk jewelry boxes are like art, in that they add a touch of elegance to your decor while allowing your precious jewelry to shine.

Silk shawls and silk scarves can also bring color and texture to your home decor. Hand-woven in both rough and smooth textures, silk shawls and scarves come in virtually every color and finish imaginable. Use them to drape over nightstands, as runners across dressers, and over lamps (not too close to the bulbs, though!) to add elegance and a touch of romance.

Beyond the Home
While you’re shopping for silk scarves, you may want to select silk handbags for your wardrobe. Elegant silk evening bags are the perfect accessory for formalwear, while totes and backpacks are beautiful and functional for everyday use.

Shopping for Asian Decor
In times past, shopping for Asian decor meant traveling to exotic locales or paying high-end designers to discover exquisite pieces. Thanks to the Internet, though, you can shop for and buy Asian decor directly from Asia-based wholesalers who work on behalf of an artisan who crafts the pieces by hand. In other words, creating a home filled with tranquility and harmony can be achieved with a few clicks of your mouse.