JAPANESE STYLES
Nagomi means Peaceful

Japanese Design Style:
Japanese design is simple, restrained and orderly. Less the better. The main feature of Japanese design is pure lines and uncluttered spaces. You can not achieve serenity of Japanese style with big furniture pieces in a room.

Concentrate on one room or a portion of a house or just a corner of a room with a large window which give feeling of openness.

Use washi paper screens to divide the room for privacy. These room dividers made of washi paper and wood allow light and ventilation in the room. Simple washi screens or room dividers can transform the room dramatically. Also, use washi roll-up screens or blind on the windows.

Another feature of Japanese style is low-level sitting or sitting on the floor. Tatami floor mats are commonly used.

Asymmetry is another feature. Asymmetry is creative so arrange your display asymmetrically.

Flowers and plants are important as well. Put a live flower in the tapestry with vase and put a charcoal ornament in your room to help clean the air.

Characteristics:
Colour - Neutral, natural colours to provide a simple background. Interiors emphasize architecture, thus provide a sense of geometric order. Eastern art colours are pure, simple, strong and graphic. Black in oriental room lends definition and form.

Texture and Contrast - Cedar, Rice paper, Maple, Bamboo, Stone, Cherry, Wood wicker, textured silk, Tatami floor mats, and elaborate needlework of Kimono and Obi (sash).

Display - Focus on a central object, such as Irori(hearth), a garden, an alter, or an elaborate still life composition. Japanese homes often have Tokonoma = display alcoves. Objects placed in these alcoves generate either 1) a natural or organic feel, by displaying an odd number of objects together, or 2) an ordered and disciplined environment by using an even quantity. Japanese displays changes. They tend to store and rotate objects, often reflecting on the season, celebration, or honored guest. They focus on the quality and craftsmanship.

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