I'm 13 and want a Japanese style room! But I have the smallest budget in the world! I would like to know how to update my room.
First, go online or to the library for books so you can have photos for visuals. If you go online, go to Google and type in "Japanese bedroom" or "Japanese-style bedroom", choose the images option and see what comes up.
I think I've seen Japanese beds on the floor and that's probably the first and easiest thing to change. Simply take your mattress off the frame and put it on the floor. Maybe put an area rug under it first (that's wide enough on all sides if that seems more comfortable... (06/23/2006)
Walmart has bamboo window shades. You could hang them as is or add some Japanese characters with a stamp or painted by hand. Try a local Oriental Market for paper lamps, tea sets, dolls, wall hangings, art prints, etc. Go red! Paint your walls red (if you are allowed) or maybe just one accent wall. Buy a fake potted bamboo or ficus. Put a papasan chair in the corner of your room. Look at yard sales for these. I wanted one really badly when I was younger, but they were over $100 at Pier One. I found a slightly used one at a yard sale for $10. Or buy a wicker chair and put a silk or satin pillow on it. Go to a fabric store and buy small amounts of fabrics that look Asian and make pillows. If you use these to accent even a plain black or red comforter, they will help develop your theme. If you find an Asian garment (a silk robe or cheongsam) frame it or just hang it on a padded satin hanger and use it as wall art. Asian restaurants sometimes give away nice calendars that have usable art. Just cut away the calendar part and frame the art in dollar store frames. Good luck with your room. (06/25/2006)
Try dollar stores, Dollar General, Big Lots/Odd Lots, If you live in the Southeastern part of the US, you know these stores. In dollar stores I see some Japanese fans every now and then. If you are looking for material, try the scrap bins at material stores, or ask the sales clerk for the discounted bolts of material. Also, ask friends, maybe they can swap a Japanese theme item for something you have..? (06/27/2006)
Paint is the easiest and usually least expensive way to make a major change in a room. check out the "mistake" bin at the local hardware. black lacquer is a classic oriental accent. paint your headboard or side tables with it. with permission, paint your woodwork black. then as you can, you can get curtains or bedding with oriental themes. there is also a sand painting/garden. put some trim on the top of an existing table or dresser. paint to match. pour an inch or so of sand in. add some nice pebbles or shells. take a wide tooth comb and make designs in the sand. you can change the design every day. this is a great stress reliever too. plain sand is classic but for a splash of color you could use colored sand. (06/27/2006)
Take some paper (red, gold or green) and paint japenese symbols on them. Put three or four of them together in a pattern on the wall looks beautiful. I'm thirteen as well, and I have a terrible time with my parents on the subject of my room. As long as there's a bed, it's a bedroom! (08/04/2006)
When I lived in Hawaii I would buy those really inexpensive Japanese hand fans and open them (and then secure them with the little piece you can use to hold them open or close them) and hang them up on the wall with just a nail to balance them.
I also bought some flat badsheets with an oriental theme and made simple curtains out of them. All I really had to do was hem up one end with a spot to slip the curtian rod through.
You can find some really pretty Japanese jewelry boxes on eBay to use an an accent piece. (08/05/2006)
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