One simple word can describe the look of the entire Japanese home: Zen. Very peaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture. Centuries of tradition is still the major influencing source of Japan’s interior design aesthetics and architecture, resulting in fine, serene and culture designing.
Japanese people know one things and that is absolute simplicity – an uncluttered and clean living. We visited Japan, after reading and hearing so much about the healthy and fresh life they were living. Japanese people strongly inspire, despite the change of time and trends, they hold tightly to order, balance, and ancient customs and their love for natural beauty.
When one understands the lifestyles and ancient ceremonies of Japanese, the culture becomes very endearing and worth replicating. May be not for any other reason, but simply to cherish the well-honed Zen of Japanese, try mimicking a little bit if this lifestyle. For harmony and good health throughout, try the traditional Japanese futon bed.
For a sleep that not only rejuvenates the soul but brings great health as well – futon mattress is believed to result in both. The presence of cotton fibers make the futon very comfortable, light as feather during warm nights and like comfortable blanket in the winter days. Cotton also allows proper circulation and enables the body to stay sweat free.
And that’s just one way of adding Japanese style to your life, since Japanese interior design has a perfect tranquil decorating touch, let’s see how else you can add the becalming style into your home:
- Japanese Style has Elements of Nature
Japanese have a very strong and saturated love and respect for nature. The best solution for maintain a strong bond is to welcome the nature indoors. Traditional Japanese plants such as bamboo and bonsai are mostly a part of Japanese home, rather than floral arrangements. So, whichever plant you choose, keep it simple and green.
Japanese homes also have huge windows which allow view of nature from every possible angle. The windows and doors are mostly sliding and have glass embedded inside wooden sheet for allowing natural light to enter in. Open up your home to allow the natural light to pass in.
- Japanese Love the Soaking Tubs
Japanese meditate on the bubbling noise of water – just like plants, elements of water are very important to Japanese home. Bath as translated in Japanese is “Ofuro”, another tranquil tradition worth having in your home. Although Japanese soaking tubs are small and deep, but they generally have a bench.
- The Japanese Screens
Authentic Japanese screen is known as Shoji and is the most essential element of Japanese home. Japanese homes are smaller in size and therefore conserving every square inch of the space is very important. Shoji’s are the same and slide back and forth, saving space of a swinging door.
The Shoji screen is made of a translucent sheet with wooden frame outside, but in modern days glass is used instead of the screen. Another important aspect of these screens is that they don’t block the natural light.
- Japanese Style Entryway
Japanese entry place is called Genkan. It’s a place where guests are greeted and where after entering the shoes are taken off and are replaced with indoor home slippers. If you’re living in west, this might not be possible to follow as Japanese have different floor tiling. But to mimic this tradition, you can always keep the entryway uncluttered and clean.
- Japanese Furniture Style
Japanese homes do not segregate furniture filled rooms, but the furniture that is present in them is low to the ground. When they have tea ceremonies or such gatherings, they use floor cushions and a central table. A simple low plank table with floor cushions can not only be bona fide but romantic as well.
- Traditional Japanese Futon Mattress
The sixth element of a Japanese lifestyle is a futon bed which has been mentioned above.
Basic Principles of Japanese Design
Japanese people love minimal and clean designs. Their homes are completely cluttered free. But how can you have similar design aesthetics and still have a modern comfort and look to your homes? The key here is to simply start eliminating clutter – the rest will start working accordingly.
Another important factor is that, in order to stay close to nature, Japanese people use colors from nature. Flooring is usually wooden or grey color tiles and the predominant colors are taken from the browns of the wooden elements and green plants.
Simplicity is the key! Follow the rest of the simple pieces in order to achieve a perfect Japanese styled home.