Bring a Japanese style to your home interiors

Daisy Wolfenden | Updated

If you want your home to exude minimalism and tranquillity, Japanese interior design is the way forward. The western world was introduced to this style during the mid-19th century when trade between the West and East commenced. It is inspired primarily by Chinese design concepts, notably between the 8th and 12th centuries. However, since it has formed along lighter, more functional, and sophisticated lines. Japanese interior design is based on simplicity with philosophies that concentrate on establishing a Zen space – a concept recognised as Ma.

With this belief, the intention is to create harmony between free space on one side of a room and furniture on the other. Ma embodies all things clear, organised, and natural, for comfortable living. Incorporate our design tips into your home to recreate order and balance.

Implement elements of nature

One of the most remarkable things about Japanese culture is their intense reverence for nature. Japanese interior design channels this by bringing nature indoors. Place traditional Japanese plants around the area, like bamboo and bonsai, to give your interiors a touch of culture. We recommend adding green plants, as flowers are not typical of this style. If you really want to make nature a central component in your room, fit in big, wide windows, that provide a view of nature from all directions and include curtains and blinds that allow for the natural world to shine in.

Sliding doors and screens

It is without doubt that sliding doors and screens are key elements when it comes to Japanese interior design. Homes in Japan tend to be small by Western norms. So, the Shoji, a Japanese screen, plays an influential position in the design of houses. Unlike doors, the screen glides back and forth instead of swinging. This is the perfect way to create more space.

Include wood and bamboo

Implement wood and bamboo features throughout your home to really embrace Japanese interior design – wooden blinds are a great way to do this. The culture is renowned for using wood indoors on doors, walls, and frames. Maple, red pine, and hemlock are perfect options if you are contemplating implementing wood or bamboo into your home’s design.

Lead with white

To get the conventional Japanese-style interior on point, paint your walls white and use the same colour for furniture and other décor. Japanese design values open space and uncluttered style philosophies. This is what makes white the perfect shade to express these values. Alternatively, you can also opt for neutral colours. These shades not only make rooms look more spacious but also work fantastically with natural lighting. This is crucial when it comes to Japanese interior design. Natural light weaves together all the components you utilise to establish a neat, serene haven.

Japanese style window treatments

Clean lines, sheer fabrics, and natural materials inspire this design. Bamboo shades are a key style feature. Our Jade Roller Blind Bamboo is evocative of Japanese interiors. To establish a fashionable, boutique hotel vibe within your home, go for oriental-inspired fabrics. This will give any room a design upgrade. Cherry blossom, willow and teahouses are prominent of Japanese interior design. Our Cherry Sprig Curtain will transform your home into the prettiest of visions.

Soaking tubs are key

To channel this style perfectly, a soaking tub is essential for your bathroom. The calm sounds of the water bubbling will satisfy your ears, for an instant meditative effect. Just like nature, elements of water are vital in Japanese interior design. Soaking tubs are small, deep bathtubs that typically have a seat. They are becoming a craze that countless health-aware proprietors want in their home. Transform your bathroom into a spa-like atmosphere by implementing this gem.

Japanese style furniture

Furniture-ridden rooms are not authentic of Japanese interior design. This style incorporates furnishings low on the ground. Imitating such an aesthetic can be as straightforward as featuring plain side tables. Alternatively, for more authenticity, encircle a low plank table with floor cushions. This will create a dining experience worthy of Japanese interior design, bringing the East and West together.

With our tips, we hope to inspire you in forming the peaceful interiors that Japanese homes are renowned for. Build a Zen environment and relish in the refined aesthetic of this style of interior design. All these simple touches will pull your home together to communicate culture, nature, and minimalism.

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