Pietre Zen




September 1st

Interior Design

Living in harmony, the art of Kanso

KanSo, also called Japanese feng-shui, aims to generate a total harmony of the subtle energies that live inside the house.

Choosing to furnish your home with the Japanese style means embracing a very particular aesthetic taste, which is distinctly different from the custom of the Western style and it also represents a lifestyle that is often different from our daily life.

Indeed the houses furnished in this style, thanks to their characteristics are
the clearest expression of a lifestyle that has a fundamental element
serenity and well-being, thus being opposite to the western style that often he sees in homes above all the characteristic of luxury.

The houses furnished in Japanese style are always comfortable environments and designed according to a wise use of space.
The Japanese style is characterized by a minimalist imprint and décor touches that give the house and all its rooms a delicate feeling of calm and serenity

Through unique complements that contain within them a glimpse of history and the tradition of a culture, it is always important to define the decor ideas that are declined room by room making them coherent with each other.



In the Japanese style, the ideal of beauty is identified by simplicity, which is always proudly displayed through functional accessories with sober lines and shapes.

The natural materials that give an ideal of lightness typical of the oriental style are always of a great aesthetic impact,as well as the detail often made of natural fiber, with sophisticated shapes, with large handcrafted weaves, it is always beautiful and above all functional and adds that simple touch and in harmony with nature, so as to make any interior or exterior environment pleasing to the eye but above all beautiful to live.

In setting up a Japanese-inspired environment, it is essential to "warm up" the context with light wood that is to be consideredas the guiding material that makes the house welcoming and light.

But light is also the protagonist as it is able to reflect itself on the walls, which represent a neutral background which becomes a palette to be decorated with contrasts that are always perfectly integrated.



Japanese furniture makes extensive use of natural materials:

to give a Japanese character, it is essential to use mats, screens and cushions that replace the chairs and which are very often placed next to low tables.

Wood, bamboo, glass, rice paper and fresh fabrics such as cotton and linen are those elements capable of representing a markedly minimalist, yet warm and welcoming environment.

TATAMI These are natural straw mats that cover the floors of a house.

SCREEN a complement made up of two or more folding panels, rigorously made up of a wooden structure, covered with bamboo or plain or decorated rice paper.

RICE PAPER LAMPS for soft and soft lighting.

BONSAI Represents the emblem of Japanese culture, a small bonsai is perfect for decorating any room with all its beauty, along with decorations typically inspired by oriental culture.

Tricks for more light

A trick to have space and light is definitely to use sliding doors, sofa beds and furniture with light structures.

In fact, the traditional Japanese house is organized in a simple way and with the use of sliding panels and walls that allow it to be transformed according to the needs and hours of the day.

Japanese style wallpaper

Choosing to decorate a wall with Japanese-style wallpaper can be a perfect idea to give that oriental touch to your home


The Japanese living room is a special place where generally, unlike our culture, the walls are not "immobile" and "bulky" elements but are transformed into light structures to be varied according to needs.

It is an environment marked by lightness, characterized by an extreme cleanliness of the shapes and the purity of the lines translates into simple and finely elegant spaces, without excesses and where essentiality is the protagonist.

Functionality and harmony

This requirement guarantees functionality and the achievement of the broad and fascinating concept of Zen harmony, the environment is therefore characterized by a selected number of furniture, positioned in such a way that energy can flow freely between one element and another, as we teaches the Ka-so style.

The natural lightness in facing the livability of this environment leads to the choice of comfortable and enveloping upholstery, to be combined with low tables and of different heights, useful as a support and to define suggestive corners.

Compact and geometric furnishings

The compact and geometric furnishings, tatami mats, rice paper dividers and decorations inspired by nature and graphed with clear and clean signs, mark a Zen lifestyle that refers to the taste for essentiality, in order to achieve an inner balance. Unmissable are the storage units, the woven rattan sideboards typical of the Japanese style and the chest of drawers often equipped with sliding doors, the so-called Tansu. But also the Futon sofa which, combined with the Tatami, the mat in rice paper and rush, undoubtedly gives that unmistakable oriental flavor that is increasingly appreciated.

Colors and accessories of the oriental tradition

The color chosen for this environment is opaque and smoky white, beige, cream, light gray and black dominate in the “woody” color palettes suitable for this inspiration.

Despite all their neutrality, they are colors useful for visual relaxation, they are perfect as a background for wooden furniture and, as the oriental tradition dictates, for small harmonic compositions of accessories.

Handcrafted ceramic bowls, with their imperfections often "restored and corrected", are the ones that tell nature and their history, making small imperfections appear as a unique and highly sought-after value, potential inspiration for every room in the house.

"Light" accessories

The Japanese house tends to be a place of small dimensions, so it is essential to prepare "light" furnishing elements that also lend themselves to furnishing open spaces such as open spaces, where the decorated and sometimes woven screen cannot be missing, useful as a separè that allows you to organize spaces with great elegance.

In the living room, green plants cannot be missing, which add naturalness and freshness to the interiors, if you do not want to strictly follow the stereotype and choose exclusively bonsai, you can opt for plants with tall and strong stems, such as the kentia palm or bamboo that it has long and narrow leaves that adapt perfectly to the decor of any room, guaranteeing order and harmony.

Japanese philosophy teaches us harmony and bond with nature and on this basis all the shades of the four elements are applied: earth, water, fire and air.

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