Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Top Benefits of Shoji Screens

Traditional of Japanese architecture, shoji screens are a wooden structure, covered in a translucent paper called Washi or rice paper. These screens can be built from lightweight woods like bamboo, balsa or cedar. The addition of a shoji screen is a great example of a small project that can completely transform a space in your home.

Traditionally, the wood is patterned in a lattice or frame like composition, however, custom built designs are becoming more popular. Shoji screens are most often used to divide a room, but they also can be used as a door or window covering and always used in the interior of your home. The screens can be freestanding or can be installed on a track, similar to sliding door on a closet.

One of the many benefits of shoji screens is that when they are closed they will not darken the room like a blind or a drape. The washi paper allows for softly filtered light to come into your space while still providing privacy. A bedroom with shoji screens covering the windows would be a great place to use one.

A clever way to use a shoji screen is if you have a pass-through from your kitchen to a dining room. While entertaining, you can either close off the kitchen if you are a messy chef or keep it open so that you can conversate or pass items through.

Your Feng shui points will go up in your home if you have these in your home. The simple rule of thumb is to embrace natural lighting whenever possible and shoji screens will certainly provide that.

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