The living room is a crucial area of your home where people usually sit with guests or when you want to spend some time with your family members. You can find a lot of different furniture in it, for instance sofas and chairs where are usually there for sitting. Wall units, bookshelves and tables are also kept in the living room for different reasons. It’s a room that should always be kept clean and decorated. There many different ways of using decorations to make your living room stand out, with different designs and themes. If you want your living room to have a traditional yet a very attractive look you could always go for some Japanese décor. Let’s look at some ideas for that.
A great way of utilizing Japanese décor is to use a laughing Buddha statue, but make sure it isn’t too big so it doesn’t take too much space. Another thing you could use is Jade statues or decorative fans as something to spice up the room.
A great way to recognize a Japanese living room is wooden walls, doors and screens. Always try to use as many natural materials as you can since that’s what Japanese living rooms usually do. For instance wooden walls and doors out of maple and cypress. You could also use wood for parts of the screens, great wood for that is red pine.
Every living room needs some plants to make it look more natural, so for a Japanese one you should go for bonsai, bamboo and palm plants. Bonsai is often used for decorating the house in Japan, you just need to fill a pot with mud and plant a bonsai tree in it, but you need to take care of it regularly. Make sure to put the pot somewhere everyone can see it, for instance a corner of the room or even the center. You can also use orchids.
As for the floor you could try using tatami mats and scrolls. Nothing screams Japanese like tatami mats and scrolls on the floor. But don’t cover the whole surface of the floor with them, don’t overdo it. As for walls scrolls are a great way to decorate them, hang them there and try to find some with Japanese designs printed on them, you could put them next to the entrance.
Try to fill the room with Japanese colors in general. Black and brown are a great way to do that but if you want to go a bit lighter then white and beige is the way to go. You can also hang some paintings on the wall, of ninjas or geishas for instance.
When night comes a great way to light up the room is to use paper lanterns. You should hang them on the ceiling. It makes for a great atmosphere at night.
A lot of furniture in Japan is very low-leveled. So try to go for that and floor cushions are a great idea too. When drinking tea in Japan people usually don’t sit on sofas but they floor cushions, just put them on the floor in your living room.
As far as doors go a sliding screen is the way to go. It makes the room look bigger and very open. And it can also be useful as a divider of one big room into two different areas.
If you want to go for an even more natural look then try using rocks, stones and blinds to decorate your living room. But try to go for rocks with a smooth surface. And instead of regular curtains use bamboo blinds.