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Japanese Interiors

Sunday, 05 October 2008

Japanese interiorsMinimalism, a modern trend in interior design, most likely emerged in Japan. A traditional Japanese home features very few furniture items and a lot of space. In the East, and Japan in particular, it is common to focus on the inward man and his feelings, therefore Japanese interior is so minimalistic. Nothing should distract a man from contemplation of excellent beauty in ordinary things; thus, Japanese aesthetics considers excessive details to be ugly. Empty space emphasizes the refinement of few objects in the room, and they are only the most necessary articles of furniture, daily life and decor. All things and domestic utensils are hidden in closets and build-in wardrobes.

Besides, a traditional Japanese house does not have walls, and a landscape is a natural extension of an interior. A house inside is not divided into rooms, but into functional zones, which have recently become very popular. Stylish screens, each of them being a piece of artwork, function as temporary dividers. The advantage of screens in this interior is irrefutable, they make the space light and transparent, and transposing them is an easy way to constantly renew the interior, to redecorate it, and make new accents if necessary.

Japanese culture draws more and more attention of modern megacity residents, who are attracted by original and centuries-old traditions tightly intertwined with the latest achievements of progress. And Japanese interior features stylish simplicity and uncommon solutions to the customary design tasks. This might be the reason for such popularity of Japanese style in the personal space, where it is sufficient to use only several details to bring some associations with the country of the Rising Sun.

Japanese minimalism rests in harmony with nature and natural beauty, which are philosophical essentials of Japanese dwelling. Therefore entire Japanese interior is filled with warm and calm colors, and furniture and objects of decor are made from natural materials, such as bamboo, straw, uneven brick and rice paper. Regular doors are to be replaced with extensible ones, and the floor has to be natural.

A very special effect can be achieved by combining dark wood for elements of decor with golden shades of natural furniture, sandy or lusterless tones of walls and color of dried grasses for the floor. It gives a striking sensation of proximity to nature, as if you happen to be in the autumn garden without leaving your apartment.

Besides the screens, functional zones in the house can be distinguished with drops in the level of the floor and bamboo curtains. There should be very few objects of furniture, but they must be elegant and richly decorated with fancy accessories. A comfortable varnished coffee table is well-becoming in the middle of the room, and can be used both for decoration purposes and tea ceremonies. Floor mats and light screens contribute to the creating of light space. And a niche in the wall will emphasize laconicism and beauty of the floor and ceiling. It can accommodate a stylish wooden box or a statuette, or it can be decorated with exquisite ikebana (flower arrangement).

A struggle to preserve naturalness has brought objects of furniture with diverse natural surface textures into contemporary interiors. Furniture is mainly lusterless, thus, specks of light do not destroy the harmony of soft illumination. Indeed, the light plays a special role in the Japanese dwelling, and illumination here resembles the moon, but not the sun. Room never sinks in the darkness, and soft light of lamps only accentuates rare items of interior, emphasizing their uniqueness and significance, creating the game of light and shadow. Scattered light evokes the sensation of changeability, akin to the Japanese perception of the world.

Dwarfish trees (bonsai) are a bound attribute of Japanese interior, they introduce unique Eastern flavor just by their presence. Scrolls (kakemono), lamps and elegant porcelain will change the interior even more, bringing it closer to a Japanese one.

The house, designed within the laws of Japanese interior, indicates the wisdom of its owners and shows their immunity to the fuss of the external world. But this style is not for everyone: people, who love splendid parties and noisy, stormy life, will not appreciate a house, which is full of empty space, air and light.

However it must be told, that creation of interior in Japanese style does not have to be a strict quotation of the Japanese dwelling, a hint toward the Eastern culture is sufficient to bring a stream of fresh air into European houses.

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