Asian countries have a distinct style that many people like to bring into their decorating schemes. This can work especially well at Christmas time. The rich colors and elegant styles associated with the continent are inspirational in interior design.
Japan is a country known for being a standout when it comes to fashion and design. It makes the perfect base for Christmas decorating schemes. Here are some elements you can include to create a holiday décor that makes you think you’re in Asia, even if you’re not.
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. It can be used to fashion any number of Christmas decorations. Start with festively colored paper and use your skills to shape it into a tree, a wreath, a snowflake or any other type of holiday themed item.
Use Japanese Christmas Tree Ornaments
Japanese Christmas tree ornaments will give your tree the look you are going for. If you search for these online, you will find so many that fit the bill including ornaments with Japanese writing, ornaments with Japanese warriors, geisha girls and more. If you are handy, you may even be able to make some of these yourself.
Bring the Outside In with Bonsai Trees
Bonsai trees are a huge part of Asian culture. They stand for good luck and wisdom and are said to bring even more good fortune if they are given as a gift. In fact, you may want to get a few, one for yourself, and more to give to others as Christmas gifts.
The nice thing about bonsai trees is they do well in cold temperatures. This makes them the perfect way to bring the outside in during Christmas time. Put one in a festive planter and you are good to go.
Do a Japanese Table Setting
Carry the look through by creating a Japanese table setting. A modern Japanese table will have simple, wooden and earthenware bowls with beautifully displayed food items made to look like delicate flowers. You can add a festive look by bringing in colorful antique pieces like covered pots and bowls.
Make the table fun by adding chopsticks. Find out how skilled your guests are after a couple of drinks.
You can also serve foods the Japanese people might eat at Christmas. You may be surprised to find out how American these seem. If you do some research, you will find dishes like fried chicken, potato salad, pizza, and cream stew go over big during the holidays. Follow it up with a delicious Christmas cake.
You may not be able to travel to Asia this Christmas, but the right decorations will make you feel like you took a trip across the seas. Which country most inspires you when it comes to holiday décor?