Japanese Decor : minimalism and wabi sabi style

Do you have a fascination with Japanese decoration? Would you like to know more about it? We have done some interesting research for you on the particularities of Japanese houses and gardens...

First of all know that... 

Japanese decoration corresponds to the set of techniques used in the expression of real estate art. It has its own style and influence that is greatly different from the oriental design. The particularity of this decoration lies in the ease of creating space in houses. This makes it easy to get rid of everything unnecessary and feel less cluttered.

We will throughout this article explain to you how to make a Japanese decoration? How to make a Japanese room? How Japan influences the designers and finally where to buy Japanese decoration?

How to make a Japanese room?

How to design your house or apartment with a Japanese style?

To create a Japanese atmosphere, it is important to create light and bright spaces by using bright colors, both on the walls and on the accessories that decorate the furniture. Opt for a wall decoration inspired by Shinto folklore and with shimmering colors on a light wall for example....

As a rule, the Japanese family sits on the floor, on cushions or rugs. There are no chairs or high tables, but a small table around which to eat and chat in the living room. You can also have a sofa in your Japanese style living room, but the classic dining tables used in Oriental decorating have no place in this clean style.

Zen and Feng Shui are two philosophies that have a strong influence on Japanese decorative style. They refer to the search for balance and harmony (both internally and externally). To live in harmony with ourselves and our environment, we don't need to accumulate mountains of objects. We simply need to keep only what is us in everyday life...

Japanese interior design: minimalism

Japanese living room

Well-being and peace of mind are concepts associated with Japanese-style home decor. Over the centuries, this style has been perfected, maintaining its essence and respecting its foundations. The paper panel sliding doors, classic in all traditional Japanese style homes, are perfect because they allow light to pass through and create an incomparable feeling. It's a good way to create a relaxing and comfortable space for a Zen atmosphere of Asian decoration.

Japanese minimalism is one of the most appealing features of the Eastern specificity. Restraint and calmness are present in the design of furniture with simple and natural forms, in the number of furniture inside the Japanese living room.

A characteristic feature of Japanese interior design is horizontal elongation. This is due to the shape of the furniture, which is stocky and compact. For example, the kotatsu is a coffee table with a folded blanket on the bottom; people sit directly on the floor.

If you have a large house or apartment, we recommend setting up a separate room in the house to do meditation, yoga or why not perform a tea ceremony. Paint your walls a soothing brown or green, cover the floor with cushions, add plants to create a world of serenity worthy of the greatest temples and Shinto shrines of the Japanese archipelago...

Simplistic Japanese design: light and color

The simplicity and sparseness of the furniture is offset by large spaces. For Japanese style in a modern apartment, panels are used inside a wooden frame, these sliding partitions perfectly let the sunlight pass through.

Japanese interiors are dominated by the principles of large space and minimalism. One of the ways to achieve this is to maximize natural light.

Since light is fundamental to Japanese decorating, you need to find a way to get it to every corner of the house. Light colors on the walls will help you create brighter spaces, and screens will allow for a degree of privacy without closing the room off from light. When that's not possible, you can use Japanese lamps with diffuse light points.

Uses natural tones: sandy, beige, brown, green. The dominant color is introduced by wood and natural plants. Japanese style design is summarized in a simple neutral palette. Oriental interior space for a Wabi Sabi classic style is combined with natural materials and a soft color palette without bright, cool shades.

How to make a Japanese bedroom

Japanese bedroom

Japanese rooms stand out for their sense of freedom and exceptional comfort. If you tend to have cluttered rooms, this decorative concept will help you free up your space.

The Japanese panels have an important place in this kind of design. They have many virtues, so they are used in different ways in the world of decoration. In addition, they give a certain cachet to the rooms due to their aesthetic appearance.

Traditional Japanese-style houses have their beds on the floor, for better contact with the earth. As nature is one of the pillars of Asian decoration, wood is very present. Bamboo is another recommended material for Japanese style rooms. It is also possible to use other elements like water or stones for an authentic deco design...

How to beautify the kitchen with reference to the Japanese model?

In a Japanese kitchen, the furniture is usually hidden behind opaque doors. Nothing diminishes an already size-restricted kitchen as much as rows of dishes and accessories, which unnecessarily occupy space.

Japanese-style kitchen design does not accept bulky furniture. We advise you to arrange convertible sets of beige or light brown wood, often unpainted, with a raw material look. Plastic details are excluded.

The Japanese bathroom

Japanese bathroom

The space is usually divided into areas for washing, undressing, and ablution. Their boundaries are indicated by sliding partitions. The furnishings of the traditional Asian bathroom consist of only a few elements: a bathtub, a picture window and a soft rug underfoot.

The Bathroom is a traditional Asian bathroom.

The modern design of the bathroom, done in the Japanese style, combines national exoticism and fashion trends. You will find:

  • a wooden fountain ofouro (with a bench for sitting),
  • rectangular sinks and taps,
  • square hanging cabinets.

The white bathroom fixtures are flanked by a stone sink. Large river stones mark the ablution area. The oriental interior of the bathroom is characterized by attention to details like:

  • Ceramic or bamboo vases,
  • Wooden screens with glass inserts,
  • Greens can be arranged in large planters on the ground,
  • Bamboo mats, etc.

The characteristics of Japanese furniture

Simplicity and cleanliness are the main characteristics of Japanese style furniture. For those who dream of a sober and elegant home, but at the same time practical and functional, this is definitely a winning choice. Japanese furniture, in fact, is not only extremely contemporary, but it offers a great advantage: that of making spaces more spacious and airy.

A few pieces of furniture with essential lines, natural materials, and neutral and bright colors all help to make the room feel larger, in contrast to the oppressive feeling that a home overloaded with objects and decorations can convey. The Japanese home tends to have small dimensions, so it is necessary to find light and modular furnishing solutions, which are also perfectly suited to a small Western apartment or open space.

Japanese furniture must-haves

how to have a Japanese deco

Lightness and minimalism: two words that identify Japanese design. If our homes are often overcrowded, overwhelmed by objects that mysteriously accumulate over the years, Japanese homes are diametrically opposed. Here are some furniture items you can add to a room to create a unique world of Japan:

  • Shodji: Shoji paper is used for traditional Japanese partitions or screens. It is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think of a Japanese interior.
    If you want to separate spaces in your interior: for example to create a Japanese atmosphere away from the rest, we recommend using Japanese screens or panels.
    Shoji walls also allow residents to separate rooms without blocking daylight. Shoji walls are also to turn the corner of a room into a dressing room. Another Japanese term to identify them is Fusuma. These traditional screens are made of thin translucent paper on a wooden frame.

  • Tatami: Tatami mats are essential to Japanese interior design. They are mats placed directly on the floor, insulated from the cold with straw. In addition, they are easy to clean, have a very natural look and can be moved easily.

  • Futon is very common in the West. The Japanese custom is to roll them up during the day and hide them in cabinets or behind the walls of Shoji to free up space. But it is not mandatory to follow this rule.
    Today, some Japanese still sleep on tatami mats with a thin mattress on top. But most people in the Japanese archipelago now sleep on "Western-style" beds.

  • Noren: this is a┬á Japanese curtain┬ámade of fabric with Kanji characters or Japanese symbols. They are often used by stores, but originally they were used as umbrellas. Use pretty Noren curtains to decorate your windows, to beautify a dressing room or to separate two rooms...

  • Tansu: is the name given to the typical Japanese furniture dressers. Made of Japanese wood, they can be used to store all kinds of items.

  • Zen garden: let's not forget the outdoor spaces! Even the garden should be in perfect harmony with the overall style of the house, and in this case, the choice can only be to recreate a Zen garden.

  • Lamps andJapanese lanterns: they can be found hanging in Japanese shrines or in some traditional areas of Tokyo... It is an excellent accessory for an outdoor Japanese decoration... They are also called┬áChochin...

  • Kyogi ceramic vases: these are lacquered vases that have the particularity of having cracks. The design of these utensils is a true ancestral art of the land of the rising sun...

  • Japanese talismans : they are placed in the houses in order to bring luck. There are several kinds such as notably the omamori talisman, the daruma (inspired by boddhirama), the maneki neko cat (white cat moving its left paw to attract good luck and fortune).

  • The Japanese floor cushions: use them to sit more comfortably on the floor of your room. They are also called Zabuton. You can also use a Japanese cushion cover with traditional Wagara patterns to ideally mix the Japanese and Western trend...

  • Origami: the traditional art of making paper figurines, fits very well with Japanese style lamps. You can try making them yourself or get them if you don't get the results you want.

  • Ikebana: the art of flower arrangement is the perfect finish to decorate your living room or bedroom. It is a type of japanese flower arrangemnt traditionally made by Japanese craftsmen for thousands of years...

The principle of Edo "iki" in Japanese decoration

Japanese iki style

Iki" is a key word that symbolizes the Japanese sense of beauty; according to the Kojien dictionary, "iki" refers to the feeling and appearance of a person who is refreshing, sophisticated and sexy. This concept originated in the Edo period, when Japanese culture flourished.

The style of Edo-ko, such as the elaborate designs on the backs of plain haori and the puns on coats of arms and family motifs, is the result of iki. Fading and wear were also considered part of taste. It is the wisdom of ordinary people to be attached to something and choose a good product that can withstand long-term use.

No wonder Japanese patterned items look good with T-shirts and denim. In order not to become "rude", it is important to pay attention to every detail, It is said that "iki" is a word that refers not only to the appearance but also to the lifestyle of a person. Perhaps the reason Japanese fashion is so popular is because it brings us back to this Japanese mentality.

Our tips for a successful Japanese atmosphere

Inherently, Japanese decoration is strongly influenced by the country's tradition and culture. Therefore, there are two ways to embody an oriental decor within an apartment or house.

  1. The first is to replicate the traditional design of Japanese homes, with paper partitions, minimal furniture and coffee tables.
  2. The second is a general adherence to the idea of Japanese minimalism and wabi sabi by using only Japanese deco objects.

The designs evolve but always keep the originality that we know from the land of samurai and geisha. Whether it's the colors, the space, the furniture... All the decoration work is based on minimalism and aesthetics.