I’ve had a hectic couple of weeks so when thinking about my next Love Fest blog post, I automatically thought about the peaceful simplisticity of Japanese Interiors.
I believe everyone needs some area of their home or just some small touches that bring an inner calm and help you to relax and unwind. By looking at some of the features of Japanese interiors, I aim to show how you can bring the serenity into your own home.
Japanese interiors feature a lot of natural wood, from the flooring, sliding screens doors, frames and wood panelled walls you can add these into your home. Think about using natural wood with your furniture staying away from painted or treated woods. By adding elements such as a low bamboo coffee table, you will love the serene calming effect that clean-lined wood elements can add to your home.
Japanese sliding doors or screens
An authentic Japanese screen is called a Shoji, and it is an essential design element in Japanese homes.
Due to the high cost of housing, Japanese homes tend to be small and a lot of residents rent apartments, so conserving every square inch of space is essential. Unlike doors, these Shoji’s slide back and forth, saving space that a swinging door would take up.
An authentic Japanese screen is usually made of fine translucent paper held inside a wooden frame. However, modern versions of these screens can be found online and are usually made of glass panels inside a wooden grid. Consider adding in a sliding screen door and this will also allow the natural light to flow in and also bring this Japanese style into your home.
Bring nature indoors
Japanese culture is saturated in a love and respect for nature. The best way to maintain a strong connection with the natural world, is to bring nature indoors.
Adding traditional Japanese plants, such as bonsai and bamboo, into your home will give it a small Japanese cultural touch. Really though, you can add any sort of deep greenery and still achieve a similar style. Consider adding sleek plants such as palm or orchid to your home.
It is not typical to see a lot of colorful floral arrangements in a Japanese home, so whatever plant you choose, keep it simple, natural and green.
Even think about creating a small Japanese zen garden as seen below displayed on a sideboard or window ledge.
Minimalist Japanese Design Principles
As you can probably already tell, Japanese design is clean and minimalist. Clutter is not contained in these homes.
How can you achieve this design aesthetic and still have a home full of furniture and modern comforts? The trick is to keep your design simple and uncluttered. Most modern design aficionado’s will find this style easy to replicate.
Furniture should be modern, clean-lined and made of natural wood. Lighting should be angular and modern. Or lighting could mimic an authentic Japanese lantern style, as well.
Overall, look to modern living designs to replicate this clean, simple style. Everything should have a purpose and a place — nothing is out-of-order or lacking function.
Why not take a look at your home and see where you can reduce the clutter, bring in some lush green plants and add natural wood to your decor or furniture.
Here’s hoping you will reap the benefits of the simple and clean interior design, I know I do.