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Home Decorating with Japanese Shoji Screens

October 24, 2009 | Category: Shoji Screens | Total Read Time: 5 minutes

What are Shoji Screens? Shoji screens contain panels that are inset into wooden frames and allow sunlight through, however your privacy is still preserved. The addition of fine lattice (kumiko) woven into a geometric pattern reinforces the center panel. Light filters through the lattice pattern and gives the shoji screen an interesting and beautiful presence.

Decorating your living space with a Shoji screen is a minimalist and low-maintenance design choice for separating a room into private sections. The most common design pattern for a Shoji screen is a 3-panel folding Shoji screen and features a wood frame containing panels that are constructed of a white rice paper fiber. You can usually get the wooden frame in your choice of Black, Natural or Cherry finish. Light passes through the translucent rice paper and makes this floor screen ideal as a unique window treatment as well as a room divider.

Shoji screens can offer a bit of protection from the sun, however, the actual paper is not waterproof. The shoji screen will allow plenty of light in, but it is somewhat diffused. This can create a unique atmosphere is a bright room. They are therefore very useful in rooms which are south facing and get too much sunshine in the summer.

Decorating With Japanese Shoji Screens

Keeping with an Asian design theme is the first way you can decorate with Japanese Shoji screens. Asian themes are very minimalist in design and mainly focus on the function of that space. A Shoji screen is commonly used to divide any specific area that is going to function as a private area. Shoji screens are also appropriate as accents in Asian themed rooms. Simply by sectioning off an area for use as a quiet reading corner, or making a space to store things out-of-sight, a Japanese Shoji Screen will make the room more calming and soothing.

Another way to decorate with Japanese Shoji screens is to blend them into an existing room. Incorporating these room dividers into existing décor will allow a person to make individual spaces that immediately contribute to the existing room design. Also, an individual can use Shoji screens as a form of decoration by placing them in front of a wall or window. You can go even further by using them as a place to change clothes in a bedroom. One could even make a Shoji Screen a focal point by adding a water feature or a vase with calla lilies in front of the room divider.

It does not matter if one chooses to use Japanese Shoji screens as a main focal point, art decor, or as a functional room divider, these screens will add a sense of calm and tranquility to any space. The immediate benefit of decorating your home with these screens are the diffuse light effects that are produced which allows even the smallest of spaces to feel open and airy. Shoji screens can turn a large room into many functioning spaces that have an Asian feeling or inspiration.

Buying Shoji screens

Shoji screens are no longer the exclusive preserve of Japanese homes and they are now readily available in the western world. There is a huge variety on the market and prices range from just a few dollars to thousands.

Shoji screens come in various sizes and there a huge number of different finishes. Whether you want a natural wood finish, or something like cherry, or even perhaps a black metal frame there is something on the market. The result is that everyone should be able to find the perfect shoji screen for their room.

Whatever your budget it is important to look out for a shoji screen that is well made and sufficiently robust. Although they are very light a shoji screen should last for many years.