Every culture has amazing design and decor ideas that can be reproduced in a home. To do so, certain specific elements must be implemented into the decoration of a room. In the following article, the focus of the design style will be directed towards the one of the most influential: the Japanese style. This type of decor revolves around uncluttered and purified spaces which is a minimalist approach. There is also a great use of bamboo, tatami flooring, paper lighting and Nature representation of the Japanese flora such as the cherry blossom tree in full bloom. When option for a Japanese style to decorate a home, there will be a sense of peace and breathability. An open space and clean lines are at the forefront of this style which are ideal for someone who wishes to come home to an environment geared towards a restful safe haven. Naturally, the entire decor doesn't need to be completely directed towards a Japanese style, but a few touches of this kind of decor will greatly improve the overall look of the home.
The charm and appeal of a bonsai tree rests with its size and the miniaturised tree look. Since regular trees can get very big and take up a lot of space, growing a bonsai tree in a home will bring in a Nature influence without taking too much space. A dash of green is alway a welcome addition to a room such as the one show in the picture here. The main colour palette of this living room is red, so using an opposite colour like the lush green of the bonsai will be a marvellous combination of lively colours. Having a bonsai tree in a room will display the owner's attention to detail and beauty since bonsai trees requires special attention and care. The bonsai tree art has been a part of Japanese decorating for centuries and adding one to a room will bring in the perfect dose of this type of style. As mentioned earlier, if the owner of the home only wishes to have a few Japanese touches, then a bonsai is the solution because of it's small size and beautiful look.
Traditional sliding doors
Another very important part of the Japanese style is with the use of sliding doors. Traditional sliding doors made of paper are still widely used as well as ornamented glass doors. The current image is of engraved leaf patterns on glass sliding doors. The advantage sliding doors have is that they won't take up too much space, they are quiet and they are great room dividers that still let natural light travel through rooms. Freestanding room dividers can also be added into a room without being incased like these sliding doors which is a great solution for those on a tight budget. Another option would be to use bamboo trees to divide a room that can add a dash of greenery to a home. Sliding doors can also be used for the garderobe to reproduce the Japanese style in the bedroom. Ornamented sliding doors such as these will also be a lovely decorative addition to the room that can act as a wallpaper or wall decoration for the room it is in. The key with sliding doors is simplicity and Nature oriented styles.
When thinking of the Japanese style there is one element that is always brought up: the cherry blossom tree. In the spring, when they are in full bloom, these stunning trees are quite beautiful to look at. That same imagery can be reproduced in a home by adding the image of a full cherry blossom tree or simply with a branch of this tree. As shown in the image here, a branch of a cherry blossom tree has been placed on a wall of the shower space in this bathroom. The unmistakable Japanese style of this kind of image can be very appealing and cosy for a bathroom. The Nature element is once more implemented into the room which is the essence of what the Japanese style goes for. A framed cherry blossom image could be used in any room of the home such as the bedroom or the living room. There is something quite charming about the delicate flowers of a cherry blossom tree that makes a comfortable and inviting setting for this bathroom. This design has been made possible by Design Republic Limited.
Paper lanterns and paper lighting are also another great influence in the Japanese style. Nowadays, they are available anywhere and at varying prices to accomodate every budget. The filtered and soft light of paper lighting will create a comfortable atmosphere which is a major bonus in comparison to harsh overhead lighting. In the image shown here, paper lights have been placed on each side of an entrance door. The result is captivating as well as being a colourful addition to the dark door. An abundance of Nature reminders are in the paper lighting that display an evergreen landscape and colourful blooming trees. These types of paper lights could also be used on each side of a bed for an intimate feel. One or more paper lights can also nicely decorate a living room or a bathroom. If the paper light is without colour or images, they can be coloured to any preferences which will be a great family activity for all to participate to.
Decorating with origami
The delicate and patient art of origami can be used as a pleasant wall decoration as shown in the current image. This inspiration example is very easy to accomplish and the final result will be striking. By searching in origami books, one can chose the type of origami figure to make and place it on the wall. Another way to use origami is to attach, several figures on strings and hang them on the ceiling or a hanging lamp to recreate a Japanese influence in the home. Since a plethora of origami figures exist, finding the perfect one whether it is a complicated or easy one, will provide the same lovely effect as shown in this image. This is also a great DIY way to decorate a home without costing too much money. An origami decorated wall is perfect for a kid's room, a bathroom or a reading room because it won't overcrowd the wall and it brings a lovely decorating touch into the equation.
Using tatami flooring
Tatami floors have the advantage of being very comfortable, stylish with their light tint and they perfectly adjust to any climate. This type of flooring is silent which is good advantage in comparison to an old creaking wooden floor. It will also not conduct outside temperatures which means, for example, that if it is cold outside a ceramic floor will stay quite icy, but the temperature would not be felt on a tatami floor. In a kid's room, a floor such as this one is a safe option to chose from because it is not a very hard surface and it can absorb the shock of a little one falling down, without a scratch. Being a very traditional type of Japanese style flooring, the fact that it has been used for centuries proves its advantage to have in a home as well as being quite nice to look at. Also, an uncluttered space will permit for more of the room to be seen which goes along the lines of the minimalist, purified and unhindered Japanese decorating approach.