Japanese Shoji Design Can Transform Your Living Space

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Japanese Style Shoji Screens

Looking for a way to add balance and symmetry to an interior space without adding any furniture? Japanese style shoji screens have long been the “secret weapon” of choice for interior designers, and they can transform a living space with very little effort.

Rooted in the principles of Zen simplicity, Japanese shoji design has had a tremendous impact on Western architecture.  Many people don’t realize that shoji is not limited to the Japanese paper screen; it is also evident in many basic elements of interior design, from lighting to furniture and flooring.  Japanese shoji screens and doors can be used to add privacy, ambience and warmth, or to divide a large room into separate areas for yoga, studying, sleeping and dining.

In addition to being an elegant room divider for the home, Japanese shoji screens allow you to create your own sacred space, a place in your home for quiet meditation and spiritual nourishment.  A sacred space may contain tatami meditation mats or a zabuton cushion, with a collection of plants and a single object like a statue or sculpture in the center.  Whatever is most meaningful and personal to you should be celebrated here behind an elegant Japanese paper screen.

Before you begin to rethink your interior space, consider a Japanese shoji screen like the one shown here.  This four-paneled Japanese screen features a cherry frame that is expertly crafted to be durable and lightweight. The pressed pulp rice paper is fiber reinforced for added strength, but it still lets in a diffusion of light.  Each panel is 17” wide and 70.25” tall, and connected with lacquered brass hinges that allow the panels to fold in either direction.  Other frames are available in Zen black or naturally finished wood.  Transform your living space with a Japanese style shoji screen from Chopa.

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