If you are one of those who like Japanese manga and anime and the rising sun culture in general; you will surely agree with me that the Japanese style interior design is great.
But today it is not just us who think about it.
Japanese interior design has become a trend in all households, from famous people to the girl ofthe next door, everyone has it or want it.
If you want to learn a little more of everything about what this decorative style implies; then you came to the right article!
So be prepare to be amazed!
The Keys to Japanese Interior Design
The Japanese decoration looks for three very important aspects for the development of the human being: habitability, sustainability and humility.
The most ironic of all this is; that the houses that maintain this decorative concept increase their value in the market.
It is not just reduced the quantity of furniture and eat sitting on the floor; creating the right culture atmosphere can be a challenge that many fail to overcome.
We ourselves at Decorating Visita Casas have gone through complex situations in redesigning tone area of a house, however; these adversities have made us grow as decorators in this Japanese matter.
Therefore, I want to start with something very basic before I speak seriously about the most complex Japanese decorative arts; and those that more visual impact cause in the atmosphere of the place.
Black and White are very often used in Asia, and they are very importants to them.
Although in Western culture these colors are not add to their interior desing because, according to the chromatic circle; they are values and not colors.
It is said in art that black is the mixture of all colors and therefore denotes perfect integration; while white is the absence of all color, and represents the uncorrupted spirit.
Black is used in a distinctive way by defining geometric, structural alignment and shapes.
White, on the other hand; is widely used as a malleable base when we talk about a large area;
or as a symbol of purity if we take it to something very small. The natural lighting in the Japanese decoration has more value than the artificial, therefore; to highlight the works of art people, usually use white.
In fact, the main reason that the Geishas paint their face in white is to highlight their facial expressions even in the dim light.
So, you can go giving up the pastels or grays in the vases or pieces of decorative ceramics.
It is imperative to resist the need to accentuate the decoration in multiple colors; in reality these statements are made using the color black. Color overload a piece, so be it with the primary colors; is actually a Western trend that should be avoided.
While we use 3 colors for decoration, you will notice that the Japanese use only two; but with bright colors or another color other than white or black, stand out a particular piece of art.
It respects the singularity of each element that, integrated with a minimalist design; ends up functioning in perfect harmony without losing and without stealing the protagonism.
Designing an Organic Decoration
If you thought that Japanese decor and interior design came pre-made everything (with Made in China label)
Fortunately, you are wrong!
There is a Japanese decorative art with flowers and it is called Ikebana.
Ikebana means “living and settled flower” and the rest of civilizations; the Japanese have also used flowers to dignify all important events in their lives throughout the generations.
Nevertheless, its rules for making the flower arrangements show a different aesthetic to the Western that, correctly integrated to a design of Japanese decoration; will give your home that authentic atmosphere that you desire.
When you realize an ikebana, you will notice how it is more than a simple flower arrangement, it is a way of living and being not only in contact
but in communication with nature.
The decorative motifs not only incorporate flowers, also branches, fruits, leaves and seeds.
That is why it is not only a decorative focal point, it is also a center of meditation and personal growth as well; it’s variety of components are tied to the seasons and cycles of life.
Ikebana has its origins in the Japanese religion; It is only a little over 100 years ago that it has been exported to decorative art for everyone to know.
All of its components should be organic or hand-drawn and consists of three elements: Heaven, earth and man.
So if you want to print to your Japanese decor something more than generic and disciplined pieces; you can then not only have a ZEN garden but also an Ikebana.
The Japanese and the Danshari in the decoration
The reason for the Japanese decoration is the Danshari. It refers to leaving out of the home any economic disorder, any emotional imbalance and any spiritual disturbance.
The humble decorations of the Japanese but at the same time so personal, is because they do not build in “mass”. They have always tried to diminish the environmental impact that the violent growth of its population would supposed to them if they used the western method.
In fact, Japan is ecologically sustainable because they use elements of nature easy to grow such as bamboo. In this sense, even if a house is very small, it will always have enough ventilation, natural lighting and organic elements.
With that in mind you should then, rethink your decoration and really analyze what components of the “Japanese shop” are really elements of sustainable decoration.
Remember that there is always people only want to make money; however, the Japanese have managed to recover their country after the nuclear attacks thanks to discipline, not to greed.
Do not forget the GENKAN
When redesigning your house to emulate the Japanese style; getting rid of the big furniture can become very complicated
You could donate them, but it is always better to sell them to be able to acquire with that money the new pieces of decoration.
However, something that you can do and that is what determines if a house follows the Japanese culture or is not it’s the Genkan.
The shoes are left at the entrance of the house in a closet, shelf or simply on the floor; but never go inside the house with them.
A table for the entrance of the house with enough compartments for the shoes, decorated on the top with Japanese accessories and you have already created the necessary aura.
And of course do not forget have enough slippers for you and the guests that you can get.
The Tatami is very important
If there is something that does not require much remodeling and that you can easily include it, it is a Tatami.
If you are going to educate your body to be able to make a noble transition from western to Japanese decoration; remember that you must practice the different positions to be on the floor comfortably.
The japaneses have not iron knees. Although they are accustomed to eating, meet to talk and sleep on the floor; they use tatamis to create a soft and protective layer, thus avoiding injuring themselves.
In addition, traditional tatamis are made of straw; but today it is made with stretched polyethylene, so you should not import it from Japan to be able to have a traditional floor.
Gradually see the furniture and remember this:
If you find it difficult to get rid of your big furniture, enjoy it!
In Japan, to dispose of large furniture you have to pay. That is another reason why they keep everything simplified; but always in a way that is comfortable as well as humble.