Japanese Design: Interior Painting

by Donni Jones

The sources of possible inspiration for interior painting are almost endless. One good option is to let a region be your muse: Mexico, Tuscany, Santa Fe or even Japan. Elements of Japanese design lend themselves well to a number of creative and eye-catching interior painting ideas.

Conventional Coloring

In traditional Japanese design, interior paint colors are ones that are not only sophisticated and modern but also very relaxing and muted. Paint natural, neutral, warm tones on your walls: soft gray, beige or brown. There are no patterns in traditional Japanese design, but for a pop of contrasting color, you could do an accent wall in a bold black, chocolate brown or natural green, or use small turquoise or red accents around the room.

Updated Idea

Try a more modern take and get inspired by the meanings of colors in Japanese culture. The combination of red and white is believed to be lucky. White symbolizes purity and truth. The color yellow is considered sacred, green is restful, orange represents knowledge and purple signifies royalty. Do a red-and-white-striped feature wall in a living room, paint a purple accent wall in a bedroom or paint a sunroom a pale yellow or light green.

Lovely Lettering

Use Japanese calligraphy on your interior walls. This writing is very beautiful and will add drama to the décor of any room. Have a saying or short phase translated into Japanese, then have the characters painted onto the walls in a fitting location. For example, paint "welcome" "or "God bless our home" in the foyer, "family" or "live, laugh, love," in the family room, or "eat dessert first" or "kiss the cook" in the kitchen.

Painted Picture

Painting a Japanese-inspired mural on an interior wall is yet another option. Hire an artist, or, if you can draw, try it yourself. For ideas, look online and in books and you'll find Japanese murals featuring bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and seas; animals such as tigers, birds, fish and dragons; and plants and flowers such as bonsai, cherry blossoms, bamboo and orchids.

About the Author

Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as FootSmart.com and KateAspen.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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