One of the best ways to decorate with antique Chinese furniture is to mingle it with contemporary furnishings. Declutter the existing space, and have a simple plan in mind as to the finished look. One or two pieces of antique Chinese furniture and a few Asian-themed accessories are all that is needed.
- Remove the clutter
Take away all the clutter from the room you are decorating. Only keep pieces of furniture and soft furnishings such as carpets and curtains that are useful and have sentimental meaning.
- Survey the room
Take a good look at the room, and note its good points, such as the light from windows, the shape of the room and the ceiling height. Highlight these aspects of the room.
- Choose the focal point
Pick a couple of good pieces of antique Chinese furniture to serve as the focal points of the room. For example, a Chinese rosewood table or a black lacquer trunk make an excellent understated impact.
- Mix styles, textures and colors
Add smaller items to get a mix of styles, textures and colors. If the main Chinese furniture in the room is minimalist in design, blend it with the curves and flourishes of more ornate European-style pieces. Introduce various textures such as pottery, wood, paper and plants. Contrast colors such as black and red with neutral shades.
- Add Asian art and accessories
Hanging Chinese-themed art work and placing accessories such as lanterns and jars on side tables completes the decor scheme of decorating with antique Chinese furniture.