Japanese Decor

Japanese home decoration is very vast and has many different styles! In order to guide you in your decorative choice, we are going to present you the different options available to you through Chochin Japanese lanterns, Noren Japanese curtains, Japanese paintings: Ukiyo-e, and statuettes such as the Maneki Neko cat, Daruma or protective talismans: Omamori!

Japanese minimalism is also called in the land of the rising sun: Wabi Sabi. Reduced to its simplest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in the imperfection and depth of nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. It is a pared down Japanese style, with neutral, sober shades that revere authenticity above all else!

Wabi-sabi interior design tends to be dimly lit and give rooms a soothing atmosphere. A small lamp or Japanese light fixture is ideal to create a zen and subdued atmosphere in your Japanese room. You can also opt for a zen and minimalist decoration with an Ikebana vase! Arrange a bonsai tree or a floral decoration in it! 

Traditional Japanese homes tend to have furnishings and decor with a clean, simple but still warmly borrowed s serenity. If you want a Japanese interior design and create an atmosphere worthy of the empire of the rising sun then here are some tips and deco ideas!

🇯🇵 How to choose your wall decoration well

To set up your bedroom in a Japanese Zen atmosphere, we advise you to first choose the style:

  • ukiyo-e art
  • the Japanese gods and demons
  • the kawaii style
  • or the manga style

Once you've chosen your decorating style, you need to choose one of the following format types:

1. Japanese Noren

We provide you with noren. These are Japanese curtains that can separate two rooms for more privacy. These decorative fabrics with Japanese patterns are usually placed at the entrance of bars or restaurants!

There are long and short curtains. Traditionally kanji were embroidered on the curtain fabric but nowadays more modern designs inspired by popular culture are also used! Noren curtains are also used as a screen or partition to hide the interior of a dressing room... 

2. Japanese picture

For the house or apartment, a wall tabbleau is an excellent choice. For a Wabi sabi style, we suggest you look into a piece inspired by the Edo era. Choose a Japanese print for an Ukiyo-e style. Artists of this era particularly enjoyed depicting beautiful geisha dressed in long kimonos, or samurai with their armor, helmet and mempo mask.

3. Kakemono

To hang a wall decoration in a traditional Japanese style, the kakemono board is perfect! It is a canva canvas that suppresses reflections due to light. This gives the Japanese kakemono on canvas more depth! The wooden stand of the kakemono frame adds a traditional touch to the whole interior deco object...

👺 Protect your home from evil spirits

Although not all Japanese people believe in the existence of kami (Japanese gods) and Yokai (strange Japanese phenomena), they tend to be superstitious. Thus, it is very common to see in Japanese homes, bars, restaurants and in offices statuettes symbolizing luck, good fortune or success. These objects are also great decorating ideas.

1. The Daruma Statuette of Zen Buddhism

In Japanese culture, Daruma is historically the founding father of Zen Buddhism. He is symbolized on the Japanese archipelago by a small traditional Japanese quartet of round shape. The Japanese custom is to color an eye on it to symbolize a goal that we set for ourselves. Then, we place this Zen decoration in a place where we can see it permanently. The objective is to remember the goal set. Once this is accomplished, we must color the second eye. We choose a Daruma statuette n according to the wish we want to make. 

2. The maneki neko: the lucky cat

The maneki neko cat is known throughout the world. In Japanese culture this decorative object brings luck and good fortune. It is a great decorative item because it adds a cute touch to the room. In particular, it is this figurine that inspired the Kawaii fashion. Our ceramic statuettes can also be used as a money box. The cat's raised left paw is supposed to attract customers and good luck, so we hope he brings it to your home!

3. Omamori Lucky Charm

Shinto omamori which are called ofuda are long wooden plates decorated with painted or engraved kanji in calligraphy form. They are placed in houses to protect the inhabitants. You can also slip omamori into your wallet if you want to be protected all the time (even outside your house)!

4. Japanese Kokeshi dolls

The Kokeshi doll symbolizes a geisha dressed in a traditional kimono. These small wooden statues are ideal for decorating shelves in a Zen room. 

🎍Creating a Japanese cocooning space

To immerse your room in a Japanese atmosphere and adapt to the Asian art of living, we recommend replacing your furniture: classic chairs, sofas, and coffee tables with Japanese-inspired decor items! Here are some home decor items to create a cozy atmosphere:

1. Have a Zabuton cushion space

In Japanese homes or during the tea ceremony, it is common to place zabuton cushions on the floor or tatami. Japanese patterns often include symbols of nature such as Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura), Mount Fuji, Wagara geometric shapes, or even fantastic animals such as Tsuru, Dragon, Koi carp!

2. Embellish your sofa with a Japanese cushion cover

A Japanese cushion cover is a great decorating accessory to mark an Asian decorating trend and your tastes. Choose colors inspired by kawaii fashion, or manga. For a child's room, opt for colorful drawings in pastel shades!

3. Subdued atmosphere with Japanese lamps

These Japanese lanterns are also called chochin. They are decorated with Shodo paintings! They will give your room a subdued and zen atmosphere. Ideal for holding a peaceful tea ceremony all in a comfortable Japanese universe!