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Topic: Japanese, bamboo, plum - help me to focus my redecorating ideas!?  (Read 1641 times)
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« on: July 20, 2005 05:59:30 AM »

My room is average size, its a converted attic space i think, so the walls slope slightly at the ceiling.  Theres a kind of small alcove at the window where I would like to have some sort of sitting area.. apart from that the furniture is shelves, a coffee table/chest, my bed and my desk with sewing machine etc. I've been trying to simplify and minimise the room recently, and have removed as much extra shelves as i could!

I replaced the curtains a while ago with some made out of gorgeous plummy/black fabric... but apart from that it is a blank canvas. The walls at the moment are basically a mucky colour, as is the carpet (which I want to replace).
So I would like help with ideas for walls, carpet styles, and hints for declutering!  I like the idea of having a japanese-esque room, and have a real fondness for bamboo.. but I would also like to inject some colour to my room which is where the curtains were coming from... 

ANY suggestions at all would be fantastic  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2005 06:16:46 AM »

I think red makes a fabulous colour for japanesesque rooms, but since it's also quite an aggressive colour, what about a feature wall, maybe the wall behind your head as you sleep. Other colours for japanese style rooms are warm beige, white, black and dark shades of green! but don't mash the colours together.
Build yourself or look out for a beautiful simple bamboo screen to divide your room from the window alcove to make it nice and private and declutter the room a bit. If you have a lot of stuff, as many craftsters do, box them in pretty woven boxes and baskets that come in all sizes and shelf them. you could decorate them with beautiful handpainted chopsticks!

if you have to have a carpet go for a neutral colour that'll work with the walls, alternatively you could put tatami mats all over the floor, even over your already existing carpet!

i'm not an interior designer but i handle decor for events and parties so i hope i inspired you a bit. have fun with it!


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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2005 07:44:40 AM »

If you're looking for window covering solutions, try:
I love these shoji window screens!

« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2005 01:56:05 PM »

Im slowly working on my living room with is a japanese/oriental type theme.

I have a red couch, and this plum colored chair and I very much like it.  I think the richness of the plum color works very well with the theme.  So I say the curtains will tie in fine.  Smiley

A lot of craftstores have big sticks of dried out bamboo that you can use around your room, you might want to give that a look.  Maybe find away to hang your curtains up with some bamboo rods? 


« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2005 03:30:05 PM »

Another effect to try on one wall--perhaps the one with the window and plummy curtains: Do the wall in a flat color (e.g., creamy pale yellow) and then use a high-gloss version of the same color to paint bamboo stalks from floor to ceiling.
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