How to Bring Oriental Style into Your Home Using Japanese Furniture
Simple Style. Classic Design.
It can be confusing which style to follow when deciding on your own personal design for your home. Interior design choices can be overwhelming. In addition, the hectic pace of today’s world makes people want to simplify their lives and their surroundings. An oriental style of decorating such as using Japanese Furniture, can be the answer to design confusion.
Japanese style can clarify your design choices by featuring the principles of simplicity, tranquility, balancing opposites and function within a room. Fill your home with simple, elegant, art, furnishings and furniture. This style brings balance, peace and serenity to an uncluttered space with high-quality, well-crafted Japanese Furniture pieces.
To bring Japanese style decorating into your home, focus on the four elements of Multi-Functionality, Nature, Color and Light when choosing Japanese Furniture:
Inherent in Japanese design is the belief: “There cannot be calm or peace where clutter is present.” Unclutter each room. Using functional, simple and classic furniture and minimal accents in a room creates a sense of peace as well as implies openness when space is an issue. Functional Japanese Furniture serves multiple purposes and conserves space. Try a futon or a sofabed that can be used as a couch or a bed for an overnight guest. A platform bed frame with storage drawers or a Tansu chest with many drawers provides storage and order.
Bring the outside in. Japanese design brings the soothing, calming elements of nature into the home. Blooming plants provide color and texture as well as create a natural accent piece. If space is an issue, use a manicured Japanese bonsai plant. Some Japanese Furniture platform beds use authentic woven grass mats, called tatami mats in the bed frame. Eco-friendly, fast-growing Bamboo is used for bedroom furniture, picture frames, window shades and containers. Consider using a soothing water fountain with polished rocks.
Though Chinese interiors use bright red as a dominant color because it represents good luck, Japanese décor utilizes natural, neutral tones such as tan, brown and grey because these create calm and order within a room. Begin with walls painted a muted color, like an off-white or very light sage for a soothing, calming atmosphere. Then think simplicity and balance as in the Buddhist principles of balancing opposites, yin and yang. For an accent, try Japanese Furniture accessories such as a tall green vase, a Nourishing Partnership a blue accent Feng Shui print or a chocolate colored rug.
Japanese interior designers use light to create a warm, calming atmosphere. Where is light needed in the room? Think of Japanese Furniture accents such as a traditional rice paper Teahouse Lamp that casts a wonderful soft light in any room. An illuminated Shoji End table offers function in two ways: When unlit, the table is a beautiful, sleek end table. When lit, the table becomes a furniture piece casting a soft and luminous glow. Too much light? Consider using a rice paper and wood shoji screen that can soften harsh lighting, hide an unattractive corner or provide a stylish window cover.
Whatever function and form is needed for your home, these Interior Design techniques using Japanese Furniture can create a restful space where harmony is present and relaxing is easy.