The Japanese panel: description and installation


As you walked into a Japanese boutique or restaurant, you may have already noticed the short curtains hanging over the entrance? These are Japanese signs, omnipresent symbols of Japanese design. Where do they come from ? What are they for ? How do you get it?

What is a Japanese sign?

A Japanese panel is a sort of fabric divider curtain that is hung on doors, windows, walls and between rooms. They can come in 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 in public spaces, which compartmentalize places and divide rooms into separate areas.

It is believed that Japanese panels originally appeared to keep houses cool and conversely to conserve heat in colder weather. Gradually, companies began to use them to protect their driveways from dust, dirt, bad odors and smoke. A function they still exercise today.

Where to get a Japanese sign?

Do you want to install one or more Japanese panels in your home? If you are not in Japan, don’t worry, there are home decor and furniture stores where you can get this kind of sign. If, on the other hand, you are in Tokyo, this is obviously a great place to find the Japanese panel with an unusual design or on the contrary completely traditional. You’ll find shops that house beautiful collections of Japanese panels, made from linen and colored with a range of natural dyes and adorned with ink paintings.

How to hang a Japanese sign?

Hanging your Japanese panel is a breeze: just slide it onto a curtain rod adjusted to the width of your door or window, and you’re set!

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 ecological or oriented towards Asia, 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

The Japanese linen panels are both practical and they bring comfort. Japanese linen panels are aesthetic and harmonious.

Japanese organza panel

Japanese organza panels are unadorned panels with finesse. Do you like Asian exoticism? A Japanese organza panel will help you create the mood you are looking for.

Japanese plastic panel

Strange as it may sound, for modern interiors there are thin plastic Japanese panels. Extremely simple, they fit perfectly into minimalist interiors, giving them a special 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 lots 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 outside light. It is an ideal solution for a bedroom.

What size for your Japanese panel?

A long Japanese sign

Japanese long panels can be both a decorative element for your windows and a great solution for your niches, walls, doors. They can even be used as cabinet doors.

A short Japanese sign

Short Japanese panels are suitable for small windows. They are able to visually enlarge the window opening and give a feeling of space and air.

A Japanese sign but for which room in the house?

A Japanese sign for a room

For bedrooms, choose pastel shades or those that echo nature. Japanese panels made from natural materials have dust-proof 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 host your mirror.

A Japanese sign for your kitchen

Here too you can use a Japanese panel, especially if you have a spacious kitchen. They are practical, so ideal for that room far from being spotlessly clean. They will fit easily into any type of decoration and will accompany it pleasantly.

A Japanese panel for a children’s room

By decorating your nursery window with various prints, you can create a special mood. In addition, your Japanese panel can be used to divide a room into a recreation and play area and a sleeping area, or serve as a partition for a room shared by two children.

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