Beyond its many traditional and ancestral arts, in terms of decoration, Japan is a country renowned for the zen and relaxing atmosphere that it manages to bring out inside its homes. Interior designers and decorators tend to draw inspiration from it in order to create current trends. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit a traditional Japanese house, you must have noticed several differences with our European houses. There is a tatami on the floor on which you must walk in socks, a tokonoma is often present there (small raised space where decorations are placed), sliding doors but above all there are no chairs around Table. Indeed, the Japanese have the habit of sitting on the floor on a cushion around a coffee table. As practical as they are aesthetic, the cushions therefore save significant space in the main room and promote a calm and warm atmosphere.
Origin of Japanese cushions
It's been a long time since the Japanese got into the habit of sitting on cushions around a table, unlike the stools, chairs and armchairs that the rest of us are used to using. This dates from the Muromachi period (1336-1392) when interior architecture began to develop and integrate tatami mats on the floor in houses. As a result, a new way of sitting was born. Called seiza, it consists of sitting on the knees on a traditional cushion called zabuton. However, since then many other cushions have been born with different shapes and styles as you can see through our collection of Japanese cushions. These cushions have therefore, for several decades, seduced us with their comfortable appearance which allows us to bring a cocooning and warm atmosphere to a room or place.
Some ideas for installing a Japanese cushion in your home
Generally speaking, Japanese decoration and the atmosphere it creates is something that many people want and would like to install in their home as well. However, when you really look at it it is not something simple given that we do not have the same interior architecture and not the same furniture. Indeed, it is commonplace to have a relaxing and uncluttered space with the coffee table and cushions around it in the dining room of a Japanese house, but this is not necessarily the case in our Western homes. This is why we offer to give you some decorative ideas in order to improve the layout of your interior decoration and to help you install one or more Japanese cushions in your home.
First, let's start with an alternative use of the Japanese cushion. Although the latter is often used to create a cozy relaxation space and to serve solely as decoration. This is not its only use. You can in fact use it to meditate from time to time and feel like you're on cloud nine. Many who practice meditation actually neglect the environment in which they meditate and the cushion or surface on which they are. However, this is a mistake because your concentration tends to be disrupted by your discomfort, which is why if you already meditate or want to start it it could be interesting to kill two birds with one stone by adding one or more Japanese cushions as decorative objects and to use them as a meditative cushion if necessary.
Secondly, Japanese cushions can of course be used to create a relaxing corner intended to rest there from time to time with family or friends. For this, nothing better than placing them around a coffee table in the same way as the Japanese do. By adopting a similar arrangement with a few cushions around a coffee table, you will create a cocooning place where you can go to play a board game, have an aperitif or chat when you feel like it. Finally, if you have a corner sofa or just a sofa, you can use it as a headrest in order to rest on it while sitting or lying down.
Finally, if you do not have enough storage space in your dining room to set up a coffee table and place Japanese cushions, you will always have the possibility of placing them in your bedroom to sleep. You will be able to create a warm style as opposed to the industrial and impersonal style that we usually find. Beyond just decorating your room by adding traditional Japanese colors and patterns, you can use it to rest there to read or watch a video. You can also, just like the sofa, use it as a headrest in your bed. In addition, if, like many, you are the type to leave things and clothes lying around, you can always leave them on a Japanese cushion while waiting to be put away.