When entering a shop or a Japanese restaurant, have you ever noticed the short curtains hanging over the entrance? These are Japanese panels, ubiquitous symbols of Japanese design. Where do they come from ? What are they for ? How to get it?
What is a Japanese panel?
A Japanese panel is a kind of fabric divider curtain that is hung on doors, windows, walls and between rooms. They can take many shapes and sizes. They are made from a multitude of different colors, patterns and materials.
In Japanese cities, these signs are traditionally used by pubs, sushi counters, restaurants and shops. They usually display the names of the companies they represent and are therefore part of the company’s brand. Interior panels are used in homes as well as public spaces, which compartmentalize places and divide rooms into separate areas.
Japanese panels are believed to have originally appeared to keep homes cool and conversely retain heat in colder weather. Gradually, businesses began to use them to protect their entrances from dust, dirt, bad odors and smoke. A function they still perform today.
Where to get a Japanese panel?
Do you want to install one or more Japanese panels in your home? If you’re not in Japan, don’t worry, there are decoration and furniture stores where you can get this kind of panel. If on the other hand you are in Tokyo, it is obviously a great place to find the Japanese panel with an unusual design or on the contrary completely traditional. You will find shops that house fine collections of Japanese panels, made from linen and colored with a range of natural dyes and adorned with paintings done in ink.
How to hang a Japanese panel?
Hanging your Japanese panel is child’s play: just slide it on a curtain rod adjusted to the width of your door or window, and it’s installed!
In which material to choose a Japanese panel?
Japanese bamboo panel
They do not accumulate dust and are very easy to clean. If your interior is eco-friendly or Asian-oriented, make this choice. In addition, according to feng shui, bamboos absorb negative energy and do not allow it to enter the house.
Japanese linen panel
Japanese linen panels are both practical and provide comfort. Japanese linen panels are aesthetic and harmonious.
Japanese organza panel
The Japanese organza panels are panels without frills, all in finesse. Do you like Asian exoticism? A Japanese organza panel will help you create the ambiance you are looking for.
Plastic japanese panel
Strange as it may seem, for modern interiors there are thin plastic Japanese panels. Extremely simple, they fit perfectly into minimalist interiors, giving them a particular style.
Japanese silk panel
Mysterious and refined, the Japanese silk panels give the room a chic and welcoming air. They will make your room particularly elegant.
Japanese satin panel
You can choose a monochrome Japanese panel or with patterns. It will allow you to obtain an original and unique design. Different shades of colors will allow you to choose the most appropriate combination for your interior decoration.
Japanese rice paper panel
Japanese rice paper panels let in a lot of light and give your room a special flavor, appreciated by many connoisseurs and lovers of Japanese style.
Japanese blackout panel
Vertical panels of this type have a strict and elegant appearance, and they completely isolate the space from external light. It is an ideal solution for a bedroom.
What size for your Japanese panel?
A long Japanese panel
Long Japanese panels can be both a decorative element for your windows and an excellent solution for your niches, walls, doors. They can even be used as cabinet doors.
A short Japanese panel
Short Japanese panels are suitable for small windows. They are able to visually expand the window opening and give a feeling of spaciousness and airiness.
A Japanese panel but for which room of the house?
A Japanese panel for a room
For bedrooms, choose pastel or nature-echo tones. Japanese panels made from natural materials have dust-repellent properties and will protect you from allergic manifestations.
A Japanese panel for a dressing room
The Japanese panel in a dressing room can be the solution to several problems, in particular to elegantly close the entrance to the dressing room, to screen the whole, or to isolate the area that will accommodate your mirror.
A Japanese panel for your kitchen
Again, you can use a Japanese panel, especially if you have a spacious kitchen. They’re practical, so ideal for that far from squeaky-clean room. They will easily fit into any type of decoration and will accompany it pleasantly.
A Japanese panel for a children’s room
By decorating the window of your children’s room with the help of various prints, you can create a special mood. In addition, your Japanese panel can be used to divide a room into a leisure and play area and a sleeping area, or serve as a partition for a room shared by two children.