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Japanese Home Décor: An Elegant Look for You

Japanese Home Décor:  An Elegant Look for You By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Are you bored with your home décor?  Do you want to change the look of your home, but keep it classy, yet unique?  You should consider decorating your home with Japanese home décor.

If you have ever had the experience of eating at the famous Japanese steakhouse, Benihana, or any other Japanese restaurant, you have probably noticed the fabulous decorations and accessories displayed all around.  You can do the same thing in your home!  Get rid of your tired decorations and have some fun with Japanese home décor.  You can get started with these essentials.

Common Types of Japanese Home Décor

  • Lanterns.  The Japanese use these hand crafted paper lanterns which are made out of bamboo and Japanese washi paper.  These paper lanterns add an elegant and simple glow to any room.
  • Woodblock Prints.  These accessories are similar to posters, displaying portraits of popular actors, teahouse girls, theatres, restaurants, etc.  They also may feature nature themes.
  • Hanging Scrolls.  This type of Japanese home décor is usually found in homes of the upper and middle class.  They are works of calligraphy or paintings that are hung on a wall.  They usually display scenes such as landscapes, birds, flowers, sketches, texts of poems in calligraphic writing, or Buddhist paintings.
  • Folding Screens.  These decorative pieces are used to divide spaces, as well as add a beautiful, artistic look to any living space.  The panels can be made of fabric or washi paper.  There is a depicted image usually on both sides of the folding screen, such as a landscape, which can change as the panels are moved.
  • Imari Porcelain.  These porcelain accessories often feature Japanese landscapes, ships, birds, and flowers.  These are usually displayed as a decorative object carefully placed on an end table near other Japanese home décor.

You can also have some fun choosing from other Japanese home décor items such as Japanese furniture.  Some popular pieces include futons and chests.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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