Home & House Interior Designs — March 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Japanese Screens in Interior Decor

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In earlier times almost all Japanese households did not have a separation of rooms. All the rooms in the household were just open. It is only later that they actually began to distinguish rooms – bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchen, living rooms and the like. This is when Japanese Screens began to get popular. These screens are not like the curtains or blinds that we have in the US. These had stands and could be placed independent of any wall fixtures like curtain rods or pelmets.

There were also the sliding doors that were paper covered and you can still find them in traditional Japanese homes. Being thin, these screens permit the entry of light into the rooms. These screens are also not sound proof and are portable. This is good because it allows one leeway for large open living spaces if need be.

According to Japanese tradition, a house is one continuous element. It was not considered right to split it into many spaces. The Japanese houses were so designed so that one could sit comfortably. The wide expanse of doors and windows allowed enough light to stream in from the outside and also allowed a magnificent view to the world outside while sitting comfortably within.

While Japanese homes today have become more and more westernized there still are many traditional Japanese homes which are traditional and there are many in the US who want to adapt a part of their culture into their own homes. The Japanese screens are getting to be more and more popular here with a wide variety of them available in the US market or drop-shipped from Japan if need be. These screens are available in a wide assortment of designs, sizes and themes. But how well it can fit into a modern American household is the question. Yet USA is famous for the integration of many cultures and the home interiors in the US stills stand out as they have this innate ability to make all sorts of incongruous objects somehow blend into a significant whole!

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