Styles From Around the World – Japanese

Japanese interior design is minimalist, simplistic and steeped in thousands of years of tradition. Implicating hugely into the style is Japanese culture as a whole, and it has evolved to contain and celebrate these elements. If you understand the Japanese way of life, then you can begin to appreciate the intricacies behind the design choices that make up a Japanese home. If you think you could benefit from the naturally-inspired beauty and grace that Japanese interior design exudes, then have a look at implementing these into your home:

1. Nature Rules

Nature is very important within both Japanese culture and décor. The thinking behind its influence within the home is that there should be no separation between inside and out; the rooms and garden should seemingly flow and be a part of each other. You can express this style by adding greenery. Purchase and arrange traditional Japanese or Asian-inspired plants – they should be sleek and simple and contribute to the overall feel. If you have the patience you can even start your own bonsai tree, the ultimate example of traditional Japanese horticulture. Use bamboo and natural-colored wood for furniture, fixtures, and decoration to further complement the aesthetic.

2. Wonderful Windows

Keeping with the theme of nature, windows are another significant element. Light should stream through the glass, brightening rooms and giving vistas of a natural exterior if possible. If you are lucky enough to be remodeling, think floor to ceiling windows; you want as much natural light as possible. If you’re not able to have such a big change, decorate the walls and choose furnishings in lighter colors, use mirrors, install glass doors and get rid of heavy or dark drapes – this gives the illusion of more light.

3. Awesome Aqua

Again, still related to the inspiration of nature, water is often used in this style of décor. This assists in a creating a relaxing and tranquil environment; the sound of running water brings creates a calming environment. Japanese ofuro (soaking baths) are becoming more popular in the west and not only provide a space to relax in, they look stunning too.

4. Sliding Screens

Sliding screens and doors are the epitome of traditional Japanese architecture. They work great in small homes, as they can provide separation between rooms without the need for thick walls and doors. They also let in a great deal of natural light and can be found in many different materials and contemporary styles.