The key point of all Japanese Interior Design is natural serenity, unostentatious refinement or, wabi, as the Japanese call it. While bright, bold colors are still used everywhere in Japan, they are done with restraint and they are used to express a profound awareness or concept of ying and yang. Colors, as well as other elements that are opposites, must work together in harmony. The balancing of light and space is the beginning element for all Japanese Interior Design.
Light is diffused and living and sleeping areas are flexible and usually have moveable screens. Some sleeping areas are futons put on the floor at night, then packed up during the day and stored for more living space. This might seem very strange for westerners, but it is the Japanese way of life. Japanese Interior Design is a simple form of design if you understand the underlying principles. Ignoring these principles will make Japanese Interior Design very difficult for the average Interior Designer.
The Japanese Home
The Japanese home is a private sanctuary hidden away from the chaos and hectic challenges of the world outside. The traditional dwellings are made from natural, organic materials, such as clay, straw, paper, woods (both hardwoods and bamboo) and stone. Japanese Interior Design also makes use of water, natural light and greenery. Again, the use of the ying and the yang are seen as the inside dweller is bringing the outside in to live in harmony. This timeless design is still a fascination to most designers.
The Japanese room is known for its clean lines and uncluttered look. There is furniture in a Japanese room, however, not very many pieces. The colors of Japanese Interior Design are usually quite subdued, showing preference for colors that are soft and quietly restrained. These colors are drawn from neutral palettes, incorporating grays, beiges, browns and off-whites. The majority of Japanese color schemes are monochromatic and lend themselves to dark hardwoods, polished concrete, bamboo or stones and pebbles.
The sliding doors in Japanese Interior Design are known as shoji screens, fusuma doors and ranma transoms. Another standard in Japanese homes are their floors. These innovative floors are a tatami mat flooring system. The tokonoma alcove is another element of the Japanese Interior Design home. This alcove is a spot for family treasures and artwork or seasonal decorations. You might find a bonsai, hanging scroll or ikebana displayed in the tokonoma alcove. This alcove serves as a similar role to a mantle over a fireplace in a Western home. If you are interested in reading an interesting interior design book, than a book on Japanese Interior Design is the book you should read as the Japanese are indeed a fascinating culture to study.
If you are planning to renovate your house or even build a new one, you surely face a challenge similar to what I did a few weeks ago – Interiors and Decor! I wouldnt like to mess around with this aspect of my house as it speaks volumes about my sense and taste of art. After all, it is my Home Sweet Home! Moreover, a well decorated home spells comfort and tranquillity two attributes that I cherish in a house.
The most important part of decorating the house, for me, was to make sure that I get the furnishing done right. I am a family man and as such this isnt just a matter of my personal choice or preferences. I have to take into consideration the opinion of my beloved wife and other members of the family. If you are planning to do the same, believe me, it is the most important step in making your house a home. The other steps which can really help you make the right choices will be discussed in this article. These are just suggestions that worked for me; everything ultimately depends on your taste.
Do you feel that Interiors and furnishing is not your cup of tea? It isnt mine, either. So be wise and get a professional at work. It is best to get a professional Interior Designer for this job. This will help you get sound advice on intricate matters and avoid irrelevant expenditure. You can be assured that your taste and suggestions will be implemented in the best way possible. Having a professional at work will also ensure that you get the latest designs and styles within the planned budget.
If you want to get it right, you need to be aware of what you want. While selecting furniture for your house, there are various factors that need to be considered – colour, shade, pattern, style, alignment, background colour etc. There are one trillion things to select from, so do not get confused. With the help of your decorator, decide on what type of furniture is best suitable for your house and what you would like to have in your Living Room, Bed Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. There are many online stores that give you a wide range of options to select from at an affordable price.
Now that you have got the right help and the right info, its time for execution! If you plan to buy your furniture readymade rather then get them custom made, you have plenty of options to select from. I personally prefer readymade furniture as they are more cost effective and also save a lot of time than custom made furniture. Nowadays, you have so many options to select from that it is not at all difficult to find the piece of furniture that will perfectly fit into your decor plans. Buying online works best for me. There are many online furniture stores that you can scour without having to trudge through each furniture shop. These stores not only give you the comfort of shopping from home, they have a wide range of products that you can select from. Whats more, it will be delivered at your doorstep. You also get the option of paying in easy EMIs which wont really hurt your pocket.
Enough talk. Its time you get cracking and finalise your Interiors too. These are just a few things you can do right to make your house a home. I hope it helps. All the best!