Designing Home in Laos

Laos is a beautiful country with materials that offer attractive possibilities for interior design. Bamboo, paper, and fabrics can be combined to create interesting and aesthetic decor items for the home.

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Expat Living
For the expat, living overseas has an element of excitement, novelty, and interest. There are many rewarding factors like discovering the depth of the culture and language as well as engaging in the day to day activities. It can also be plain hard. Inevitably, there comes a moment when the newness wears off and things like culture shock get heightened. While there are many ways to cope with transition and change, one that instantly brings comfort is entering into a space that feels like home. Having a place that you identify with, that feels familiar is a crucial aspect to happy overseas living. When all else seems uncertain, the home is what tethers you to you. Creating a home away from home can be challenging from figuring out where to purchase items to assessing the level of effort put into it. Many people living overseas have difficulty justifying the purchase of items that will only need to be disposed of a short time later. Some get by on living like a long-term guesthouse guest because the thought of interior designing is daunting. Yet, the rewards of creating a personalized space are valuable.

Local Living
With increasing development in Vientiane and other areas of Laos, there are added options in terms of supplies and materials for building and design. Influences of neighboring countries and a growing interest in contemporary style offers variation for the traditional Lao home. Giving attention to lighting, spatial layout, and accessories can make a big difference in the comfort and attractiveness of a family pace. While Laos presents some hurdles in acquiring the home sense desired, there are many ways to enhance your living space. Whether you are an expat living here for the first time, or a local Laotian who is looking to create a more comfortable space with modern influence, there are a number of factors to consider.

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A typical Lao home is heavy in wood. At times, this can add to its darkness; its absorbing quality can be overpowering. In Feng Shui practice it is important to maintain a balance through the use of elements wood, fire, earth, water, metal. Each element is represented by a specific color, which is the easiest way to bring more harmony into your home. For example, if you live in a wood-happy house associated with brown and green, place a red wall hanging or blue art piece will help achieve more balance.

The following tips can also make a difference.

1. There is a tendency to utilize fluorescent bulbs or strip lights as a lighting plan here. While efficient, these offer a cold illuminance; quite the contrary of what is asked for in a home. Consider warmer bulbs or lamps to soften the effect. The ambient lighting of a couple of table lamps can go a long way. If these or floor lamps are hard to come by, try covering hanging bulbs with pretty pendants like those made from sandpaper or string.
2. Local pieces of art can brighten up a space with design and color. To vary from the common motifs that tourists buy, ask local artists to create something in a different color or to give your painting a little twist. This will set your art work apart.

3. Plants are a simple way of inviting nature inside. A few tall potted plants can dramatically change the look of a room. Consult the internet or gardener for plants that would thrive in your particular environment (needing little light if your room is dark or little water if in hot area).

4. If you’re staying for a while, it may be worth it to look into comfortable seating. Hiring someone to make a sofa that fits the dimensions of your room or ordering seat cushions are ways to give your furniture a lounging quality. Opting for floor pillows is also a way to add casual seating.

5. The simplest way to refresh your space is through changeable pillow covers and wall hangings. Use local textiles to provide an accent color in your room.

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Do you want to step into a homey space as soon as you turn the key to your door? Would you like to host friends in a comfortable setting? Adding decor elements that are practical and stylish add fresh appeal to a space whether new to you or one you may have lived in for a long time. Investing time and resources into interior design can achieve this.

Somebody’s Home is based in Luang Prabang, Laos. Interior design consultation is available for residential and commercial spaces. Please direct your questions to Christine at somebodyshome2012@gmail.com

 

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