It seems none of us can get enough of Japanese wallpaper! Whether you follow interiors experts on Instagram or have been watching an interior design TV series, there are endless displays of beautiful oriental-inspired wallpaper murals everywhere! And funnily enough, this new hot trend is nothing new. Inspired by Japonism, this style is in fact rather old! “Japonisme” actually began in the second half of the 19th century. It was a mad craze for everything that came from Japan or imitated oriental style. And now, it is back!
Because of this renewed love for Asian wallpaper, we have decided to provide you with the ultimate guide to Japanese wallpaper. Enjoy beautiful designs from classic art originating from the 18th and 19th centuries, modern Japanese crane wallpapers and more. It’s time to take a trip to the orient…
Grace your walls with kimono-inspired bird wallpaper
Mural in photo: The Cranes of Mount Fuji
With beautiful pastel tones of pink and green, this gorgeous The Cranes of Mount Fuji is a modern take on oriental wallpaper. Reminiscent of birds found on kimono, this pretty crane wallpaper oozes oriental style. The shape of the clouds as well as the detail of the birds is very traditional, yet the illustration of the blossom and mountain are rather abstract and modern. This makes this bird wallpaper a mix of the old meets the new – a perfect meet-in-the-middle of modern style mixed with Japonisme.
We think that this beautiful bird wallpaper makes a striking feature wall in this lounge. Paired with pastel pink, green and grey room accessories, the gentler shades in the design really stand out.
Be calmed by gentle Japanese garden wallpaper
Mural in photo: Landscape, China
Some of the most traditional oriental style wallpapers imitate a garden. This is why we adore this serene Landscape, China wall mural in customer @kinkadedesign‘s home. Although this mural is of Chinese heritage rather than Japanese, this beautiful white and grey wallpaper is a strong oriental choice.
By choosing grey and neutral chairs paired and a marbled table with wabi-sabi style vases, this minimalist room goes perfectly with this Japanese garden wallpaper. As well as in a dining area, why not enjoy this grey wallpaper in a bedroom? It would look perfect behind a bed with a pale grey or white headboard.
Enjoy delicate cherry blossom wallpaper
Mural in photo: Cherry Blossom Sky wallpaper
A firm favourite when it comes to Asian wallpaper is the “Sakura” flower, otherwise known as cherry blossom. Quintessentially from this culture, this beautiful flower oozes the style of this ancient culture. Taken from our wide range of Sakura blossom tree wallpaper, this Cherry Blossom Sky design is the perfect choice for a relaxing bathroom paired with pink, white and light grey accessories. Imagine soaking in the tub with your favourite bubbly bath, listening to calming music and surrounded by lit candles – bliss! Rather than a bathroom, where else would you enjoy this gorgeous cherry blossom wallpaper?
Step back in time with antique style chinoiserie wallpaper
Mural in photo: Chinoiserie Garden
Although mainly inspired by Chinese culture, chinoserie has also been heavily influenced by orient style art as well. A craze that began in France in the 18th century, the beautiful "Chinois" garden huts, still waters, cherry blossoms and birds are features that are found in this oriental style wallpaper.
We think that this Chinoiserie Garden wall mural looks fabulous in this minimalist bedroom. We love the pairing of crisp white bedding with natural material décor made from woods, wicker and rattan. By adding leafy-green plants, really bring out the green tones in this chinoiserie wallpaper…
Stay traditional with art wallpaper
Mural in photo: Fuji No Yukei
Painted by Katsushika Hokusai, a 18th to 19th century artist, this gorgeous Fuji No Yukei (An Evening View of Fuji) is the perfect Japanese art wallpaper for any home. Extremely popular amongst our customers, this authentic oriental artwork is full of orange, brown and navy tones which will add colour and warmth into a wide range of rooms. Great for a lounge, bedroom, dining room or even a mudroom like the room above! Bring out those burnt-orange tones with scatter cushions in the same tone or a dark blue sofa to go with this navy wallpaper.
Adorn your walls with pretty pastel oriental wallpaper
Mural in photo: Luxe Kimono Green
If you are looking for a wallpaper design with more of a modern feel to it, then choose this stunning Luxe Kimono Green mural designed by Tashi Tsering. The gentle tones of green, pink, and purple in this crane wallpaper are very much in line with the pastel craze which has taken over the worlds of interior design and fashion. We recommend pairing this oriental wallpaper with furniture in similar tones and to place it on a wall that is behind a couch, bed or dining table to draw the eye to the man focal point of the room.
Stay stylish with minimalist Japanese style wallpaper
Mural in photo: Dragonfly wallpaper
We ADORE how customer Michael Tuck has mirrored our beautiful Dragonfly wall mural so that it perfectly frames his fireplace. By keeping the rest of the room minimal with a neutral carpet and white painted skirting boards and a ceiling, he has achieved a fabulous minimalist living room. Have you noticed the oriental figurines as well? They are a perfect match with this pretty Japanese style wallpaper.
Splash out on this iconic wave wallpaper
Mural in photo: Kanazawa Oki Nami Ura
If you are familiar with Japanese art, then you will know this famous Kanazawa Oki Nami Ura masterpiece. This iconic wave wallpaper, also painted by the legendary Katsushika Hokusai, is our most favourite wallpaper choice for the home. It is a huge statement that will completely transform a room from boring to rich in Japanese culture.
Which Japanese wallpaper do you love the most? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Want more? Take a look at our authentic range of oriental wallpaper.