Japanese decor is arguably the most pleasing form of decoration known to the world, both aesthetically and spiritually. The neutral and natural colors, and geometric order of Japanese decor, lend a feeling of openness and purity seldom matched in other forms of decor. The colors of Eastern art are for the most part pure, such as in Japanese and Chinese decor. A statement is often created through the exclamation of one strong color or dominant quality.
Contrary to Western art, which contains a mix of colors and refined brush strokes, Japanese art and decor is the result of one initial stroke of the brush. Basically, Western art can be viewed as complex while Eastern art is simple, stark and crisp. One of the most important aspects of Japanese decor is the use of black colors, which Western artists consider a non-color. The use of black in Japanese decorated rooms adds form and definition. This can be seen in the use of stark black and white colors, such as with the shoji screen and some Japanese lamps.
The use of certain textures and materials stand out as very recognizable to the form of Japanese decor. Such materials include rice paper, maple, stone, bamboo, cedar and silk to name some. Japanese culture has always sought to balance opposing forces (think yin and yang) and interior decoration was no exception. The interior of a Japanese house can seem highly contrasting yet attain a perfect balance. As an example, a polished floor can be seen to contain textured mats, or a polished black granite surface can be seen to contain small white pebbles.
By incorporating Japanese decor into your life, your home or office will take on a more spacious appearance and gain a feeling of serenity rarely felt in over-decorated Western interiors. Always think less when decorating with Asian decor, and try to make a statement with contrast. By applying a few tips (and a few decorative items from Oriental-Decor.com) you too can create an interior with a beautiful Japanese decorative theme.