Motifs with Meaning
In Asian cultures, the motifs used in their designs are symbolic. For instance, throughout Asia the Crane is a symbol of longevity, eternal youth and happiness, as well as, a vision of fluidity and grace. Another example is that in Japanese culture, Sakura Cherry Blossoms represent both the beauty and fragility of life. This is because in nature, they bloom for only such a tragically short amount of time. How romantic that you can keep the image of them permanently on you walls with a beautiful floral wallpaper of delicately blossoming branches.
As luxurious as Chinoiserie style is, it’s also not centered around perfection. This is because the concept of ‘wabi sabi’ is core to the look. Wabi Sabi is a philosophy and aesthetic that finds acceptance in imperfection and impermanence. This allows for asymmetry, simplicity and intimacy to play a central role in the style.
Choosing Non-Woven or Paper Material
The main difference between non-woven and paper wallpapers is in the ease of application and removal. Non-woven wallpaper is easy to hang as you can apply the paste directly to the wall without any soaking time and it can also be easily removed while completely dry. Paper is much more affordable for those on a budget, but it also requires more work to hang as the paper must soak in the paste before hanging (where it will also expand in size) and it will also be much more difficult to remove. Both have their pros and cons!