Japanese interior design is all about modesty, simplicity and a love of all things natural.
Here are a few insights into what Japanese décor is all about and how you can add a touch of the Japanese simplicity and style to the interiors of your home.
1. Japanese décor follows a few basic principles like clean and uncluttered living spaces, maintaining a fine balance between the modern and the ancient and letting the great outdoors into their homes through an extensive use of greenery, large windows and skylights.
2. Every Japanese home boasts of a deep respect for nature with traditional plants like bonsai and bamboo dotting the interiors. If you want to bring a little bit of Japanese style into your living spaces, consider using plants like bamboo, bonsai and other sleek varieties of plants like palm or orchids. Whatever plants you may want to choose, the idea it to keep it simple and green. It is not commonplace to find a colorful floral arrangement in a Japanese household.
3. The colors that the Japanese use for their homes are usually simple and understated and the majority of colors used are derived from browns and greens. The flooring is predominantly either wooden or made of grey stone tiles.
4. Another feature typical to a Japanese home is a soaking tub, or an Ofuro, which is a small and deep tub with a small bench-like seat. Water and the sounds it makes are very important in Japanese culture and you’ll find the sounds of water emanating from small indoor water fountains that are considered to have a calming and soothing effect.
5. Yet another common design element that Japanese homes have, is a Japanese screen called the Shoji. These are a replacement of doors and slide back and forth and help conserve space that a swinging door would otherwise take up.
6. These screens are made of fine translucent paper fitted inside wooden frames. There are also, however, modern versions of Shoji that are made of glass panels fitted in a wooden frame that can be easily incorporated into our homes to give them a touch of the Japanese interiors. Most Japanese homes replace large walls with these screens letting in as much natural light as possible.
7. Most Japanese furniture is low and close to the ground. You can incorporate this element of Japanese décor in your home by opting for a low coffee table that comes with low stools to sit on and choosing a low bed and a mattress that sit close to the floor.
8. If you’re trying to style your home the Japanese way, then make sure your home has lots of expansive windows and skylights, letting natural light fill your home creating the perfect ‘Zen’ setting!