How to Use Japanese Parasols As Home Decor

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Japanese parasols are a work of art, featuring landscapes, flowers, birds or solids in brilliant colours. They are at home in Japanese and pan-Asian decor, but they also make an eye-catching accessory in a variety of styles. They are a quick, affordable way to add visual impact to a dark corner or a drab room.

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Things you need

  • Japanese parasols
  • Hanging hardware
  • Fishing line

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    Procure Japanese parasols. They are commonly found at import stores, garden boutiques, flea markets and antique shops. They are often sold alongside Chinese and Indonesian parasols, the three of which can be combined to great effect. Ripped or stained Japanese parasols are relatively common. You can dust them, gently clean them, patch them or use them in their distressed state for a shabby chic statement.

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    Determine how to display them. Some people prop Japanese parasols in the corner. A bouquet of parasols looks beautiful when propped in a tall basket or a ceramic pot. Smaller parasols can fit on deep shelves. The most fun way to show off a collection of parasols is to hang them. You can use individual hooks screwed into the ceiling or string up fishing line from which you hang the parasols. Intersperse them with Chinese lanterns for added effect.

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    Take advantage of the bright colours and patterns on Japanese parasols. Rather than coordinating, try to find interesting colour contrasts or overlap between patterns. This jumbled effect looks ideal in a child's room or the master bedroom. Accent the parasols by painting the room's walls or trim a complementary colour. Flowers, plants or tissue paper flowers also complement parasols well.

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    Use Japanese parasols seasonally. They are a lovely way to usher in April showers. They also are a fun party decoration. Their bright colours are the ideal complement for Easter eggs and add a splash of cheer to a baby shower. Weddings, birthdays and mother's day are other occasions fitting for a parasol theme.

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    Try placing them outdoors. While most Japanese parasols are too delicate for direct rain or strong wind, they can brighten a covered outdoor area such as a gazebo, terrace, porch or even a tiki bar. Intersperse them with torches, luminaries, candles and topiary to create an artful garden.

Tips and warnings

  • Try interspersing parasols of different sizes.
  • The colours and patterns on Japanese parasols fade in the strong sunlight. Consider coating them with a glaze containing a UV filter.

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