The Malaysian style is a perfect idea for those who want their home to integrate both inimitable coziness and a hint of exotica. Though not too widespread in the UK and the USA, the style is gradually and surely leaking in modern living spaces. It’s appreciated by connoisseurs for its tranquility and well-balanced shapes.
The Malaysian style belongs to the oriental group of ethnic-specific interior styles. USA and European designers prefer to combine elements of this style with features characteristic of other Asian design trends. The contemporary Malaysian design shares some common features with the more well-known Japanese style: both of them are pillars of the oriental minimalism, with muted colors, passion for roominess, airiness and minimal quantity of furniture pieces and decorations.
Pick Up A Minimalistic Color Scheme.
A properly chosen color solution is the foundation of an ascetic Malaysian living room interior. The palette of the style is rather restrained, with colors close to natural wood preferable for furniture and light creamy shades for ceiling and wall surfaces. Consider the approximate list of colors that you can use as the basic color scheme of the design:
- Black and dark brown;
- Beige and light brown;
- White and gray;
- Dark and light green;
- Pale yellow.
Placing a special accent onto any particular interior element requires accent tones to be selected in accordance with the main color scheme. A Malaysia-styled interior of the living room allows only for scarce accents, mostly in the following colors:
- Saturated red, coralline;
- Purple, violet, crimson;
- Muted pink;
- Orange, honey, caramel;
- Light blue.
Use Natural Materials.
All oriental styles cultivate naturality, so using natural materials in the interior is a must, with bamboo being the cornerstone. In a European living room designed in the Malaysian style, such an effect may be difficult to achieve, but ubiquitous usage of wood is a way out. A set of several arm-chairs and a coffee table of bamboo will improve the appearance of the living room dramatically. If you prefer solider furniture, try at least bamboo rugs. Some other recommended for the style materials are light, zephyrian fabrics for curtains, leather seating furniture and glossy glass surfaces.
Add A Couple Pieces Of Furniture.
When furnishing a Malaysia-style living room, avoid large assemblages of pieces. Base your choice on functionality and leave enough room to move. Traditional furniture is made of dark wood and may feature carved ornaments and lacquer coating.
Simple shapes and clean lines are the principle of the Malaysia-styled living room furniture. The pieces are usually lower than USA and UK people are used to, and virtually never have sharp angles. Considering the functionality requirement, you cannot go without a large case-of-drawers and other storage furniture.
Just So Many Decorations.
A small inclusion of decorative elements creates a balance between simple and elegant Malaysian minimalism and homely warmth and comfort. Eye-catching individual decorations are what you need, so choose an items to your preference from the list below:
- Plants, preferably live, will help you instill the Asian motive in your parlor. Closeness to nature, responsible care of its treasures has always been the eastern tendency, with Malaysia being no exception. Orchid plants with elegant flowers, dwarf bamboo and bonsai trees are the common options.
- Floral ornaments on textiles. If you can’t afford taking care of a large collection of live plants, floral motives will compensate for that. Prefer batik when choosing the textiles. The art is very popular in Malaysia, and batik curtain, lamp shades or pillow-cases with large, colorful flowers painted on them make a great adornment for the parlor.
- Decorative elements of golden color. If you can’t imagine your living room without a hint of luxury, these are just the solution. Golden decorations are what bears the true spirit of the generous east. The pure Malaysian style, however, allows only for scarce gold accents.
- Silver decorations are less haughty than gold and thus are welcome in a Malaysian parlor. Vases, boxes, coffee salver on are a good idea.
- Wooden and pottery decorations will highlight the essence of a more minimalistic Malaysian interior. Try figurines of animals, especially tigers, which are the national symbol of Malaysia.
Summarizing The Results.
The Malaysian culture was formed apart from the Western one, that’s why it seems so astonishing and exciting. The corresponding interior style expresses the distinctive character of the region, but can splendidly be combined with other oriental styles or US design trends. Keep in mind that harmony is the main rule of the east, which is exactly what urban dwellers often seek. The style is thus recommended for:
- Persons pedantic about keeping the order, as each thing is allotted its decent place in a Malaysian living room;
- Owners of small flats (and small parlors), as such a design can make even a tiny room appear spacious and airy;
- Fans of laconic, minimalistic interiors, as the Malaysian style requires little furniture and few decorations.