This Season is all about taking a deep breath and focusing your mind on the positive aspects of life. We’ll be diving deeper into the Southeast, following Alex, a brave career woman, as she ventures out of the regular hustle and bustle of the city and into an adventure within. Alex will be visiting beautiful resorts and practicing meditation daily to find happiness - and we encourage you to follow her journey and practice along with her! May this Season bring us all joy and peace of mind.
Design-wise, Asian interiors are extremely versatile and cannot be contained to just one Season! That’s why this Season, we’ll focus mostly on Southeast Asian interiors, with a special emphasis on traditional and modern Balinese and Thai influences in interior decor.
Southeast Asia encompasses a vast variety of countries and cultures: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. All of these beautiful places have their own unique design elements which we’ll try to refer to and incorporate, but since it’s impossible to spread out so much, our main focus will be Balinese and Thai decor within the Southeast.
Here’s a little bit about each of these styles to let you know what to expect!
Tip 1 - make use of natural elements
Both Balinese style and Thai style make use of beautiful natural elements in their designs. These countries have an abundance of trees, and you’ll be able to spot lots of gorgeous wooden furniture and accent pieces around homes.
There are, however, a few delicate differences:
Balinese designs use a great deal of rattan, teak or bamboo in furniture and accents, and also add plenty of indoor plants as a way to tie in with nature. This theme will also tie in with the color palette used in Balinese designs (but we’re getting ahead of ourselves, check out tip 3 for exact color palette differences!).
Thai designs incorporate a great deal of wood and bamboo as well, but it is especially prominent in the structure of the walls and floorings, on top of furniture!
Notice how different woods are used for the walls and for the floor boards, and yet they don’t seem to clash. The same can be said about the beautiful “Elephant Embrace” curtains alongside the “Drifting” pillows. The colors are close enough to blend in together, creating a bold yet harmonious scene.
Tip 2 - Artisan and local is the way to go
Another similarity between Southeastern Balinese and Thai designs is that both thrive on local, handmade pieces, whether we’re talking about artwork or woven rugs. A great way to incorporate the local culture in your designs is to pick something handmade that’s crafted with love and attention!
While Balinese designs opt for a cleaner line, Thai designs can incorporate many elements at once, which is why you can expect to see a variety of different pieces - all beautifully curated and well-chosen to fit in together with the entire space.
The “Lotus” artwork shows subtlety and combines both deep and neutral tones, which compliments the “hidden melody” wall paper perfectly! Each piece in this reading corner was clearly chosen carefully to create a soothing yet enthralling atmosphere.
Tip 3 - Color palette differences
Balinese designs mostly feature nature-inspired tones and hues (soothing greens, light greys and stunning browns), all of which reflect in the natural materials chosen around the room - the different shades of wood in the furniture, beautiful woven rugs and local artwork. Walls are kept minimalistic and pale so that they don’t distract from the interior and help reflect the natural light brought into the rooms by the windows.
Traditional Thai designs could not be more different!
Bold colors, primarily red, are used to create a rich atmosphere around the room. Any type of “jewel” colors are happily added to the mix - think bold, bright and happy! Don’t be too worried about clashing colors, the idea is to create a warm and ornate environment that engulfs you the minute you step into the room.
Different? Yes! Lovely and unique? Also yes!
Here you can see a beautiful room that takes more inspiration from Balenese designs. The grey and brown color palette plays all over, from the floorboards to the textiles chosen for this scene, tying together to create the perfect atmosphere!
Tip 4 - Patterns and knick-knacks
While Balinese designs try to keep a smooth and clean aesthetic, you can incorporate gentle patterns that don’t draw the eye from the overall design. Knick-knacks such as rugs, pots, statues and art are carefully chosen as they aren’t used in abundance. Each piece must have a meaning, tell a story, and tie into the rest of the room. Keep your eye out for those gorgeous Batik fabrics as well! They can add a delicate pop of color to any room.
The traditional Thai looks make use of plenty of patterns! Geometric patterns and patterns inspired by nature are especially prominent in traditional designs. Find a way to incorporate them tastefully without having an overwhelming effect! You may spot quilted pillows and silk fabric throws in this style! All a beautiful part of the intricacy of its designs.
Here is a perfect example of deep jewel tones together with stunning patterns, wood and several decor pieces in one space! Our artists wanted to showcase how traditional Thai designs can fit together well, while making a huge impact on whoever enters the space!
Tip 5 - Calm and relaxing
Taking a deep breath as you enter a new space is one way to know the Redecorator got it right! This Season’s rooms should expand your heart (and your lungs!).
Traditional Balinese homes have large windows to bring in natural light! Floor-to-ceiling windows framed by see-through flowy curtains are one element that adds peace and softness to the space. You’re looking to create a calming room for your clients, one that ties in with nature and helps them unwind no matter the stage of the day!
In a similar fashion, Thai designs use light materials that tend to absorb little heat. This style avoids bricks and concrete and favors light wood and bamboo as an alternative to help create an airier space and maximize the local weather conditions. Thai designs, however, tend to incorporate bolder colors and patterns and center around a richer atmosphere than the flowy one traditional Balinese homes do.
Both styles focus on relaxation - but they have different approaches to it!
This room has more Balinese inspiration, but you can also see its Thai touches. The window pattern and elephant statue are more Thai in their intricacy.
See how the beautiful tiles utilize a more subtle pattern that doesn’t take away from the entire design. The fabrics chosen, as well as the color palette, all fit in with the natural color scheme of wood, plants and water. What a stunning room!
Come join us on this Wellness Retreat alongside Alex! Relax as you create stunning designs and learn about the secrets of Southeast Asian designs!