This week, the Telegraph released a list of the top fine dining restaurants in Tokyo — some of which are the best restaurants in the entire world. In reviewing Yoshihashi, a place that’s as stunning as it is hard to find, they note that the restaurant makes use of eye-catching flower arrangements, tatami mats, and shoji screens, which have been a staple of Japanese design for many years.
You don’t need to be an award-winning Japanese restaurant in order to incorporate Japanese design style into your home or business. Japanese interior design emphasizes simplicity, space and harmony. Are you interested in blending this style with your own home design? Here are three tips for doing so.
1. Using Japanese Divider Screens to Break Up Harsh Light
- Japanese shoji screens are wooden frames with translucent paper stretched over them. They are used as sliding doors, walls, or folding room dividers.
- Modern window shoji screens are no longer made of paper alone, but are either placed behind glass or created with more durable materials so that they can be long-lasting.
- Shoji Japanese divider screens are a great way to segment sections of a room. The advantage of these screens is that light passes through them, but is broken up and made softer. It’s a good way to ensure privacy without casting parts of your home into darkness.
- Hanging shoji screens can be a great way to bring a unique, minimalist look into your home.
2. Concentrate on Natural Tones, Simple Shapes
- Japanese ceremonial tea bowls, dating back centuries, are prized for the appearance they gain during usage. The unique brown colorings derived from the original kiln burning, and subsequent tea usage, are considered a part of their beauty. This emphasis on the natural and simple shape continues through Japanese design.
- In other words, for a room that says “Japanese design,” you’ll want to stay away from heavily ornamented pieces, like imitation French furniture. Instead, look for simple square shapes, and pieces in shades of brown, black and white.
- Clutter is anything but simple, so look to eliminate bric-a-brac from eyesight if you want your home to have a more Japanese aesthetic.
3. Accessories That Will Bring Japanese Style to Any Room
- Tatami mats, made from rice straw, are used throughout Japan. You can either use them as a small sectional, or cover your entire floor. The dark border on the end of the mat pieces can help draw the eye across your room space.
- The Japanese dining table is a unique piece and can be used either as its intended purpose — a dining table — or as a coffee table. This table sits low to the floor, and the chairs lack legs. Eating at the table typically involves sitting cross-legged or in a kneeling style.
- A Japanese tea set is a relatively inexpensive investment that you can get a lot of use out of. These sets can be ceramic, porcelain, or cast iron. Teapots are usually round and ornamented, while cups are simple, lacking the handles popular in European designs.
Will you be using Japanese divider screens in your home? Let us know in the comments.