A lot of homeowners in the west are increasingly shifting towards eastern influences when it comes to decorating their homes. In particular, a lot of homes have started incorporating Japanese influences in their home decor, owing to the peace and serenity provided by the latter without compromising on style. If you are on the lookout for ways to achieve the same with your home as well, then here are 7 must have Japanese influences that you need to include in your home decor.
Natural Lighting and Open Space
These are key elements found in any Japanese themed interior design. The majority of Japanese houses leave way for natural light to fill up their homes. This is mostly achieved with the help of large windows and ceiling openings (skylights) that allow light as well the various colors of nature to bring more harmony into the home.
Open floor plans are also a key element in Japanese homes which allow for easy connectivity between the different rooms in the house by having sliding doors in between that can be closed for privacy and left open for more space.
These are typical room or space dividers that have a calming effect on the room and are very common in Japanese homes. The sliding screens are made of bamboo or wood and covered either by rice paper or sheer drapes. If you can’t invest in custom made Shoji windows or doors for your home, consider buying a free standing room divider instead. You can also opt for hanging Shoji screens or Shoji lamps to achieve the same effect.
Japanese homes follow a minimalist decor, which means they don’t have too many furniture pieces overcrowding the space. If you want to achieve the same effect, consider opting for only the essential pieces in a room and leaving out the others.
The Japanese are known for their tea parties. These would usually include a low table and some cushions placed around it on the floor. You can mimic this setup in your home to add some Japanese influence to it.
A lot of Japanese homes come with tatami mats, a traditional floor covering that are made of rice straw in teh center and a fabric cum woven rush grass border on the sides. The organic mats emit a sweet smell that can have a calming effect on the mind. You can opt to place these tatami mats on the floor or hang them like a tapestry in the wall depending on space constraints and your personal preferences.
The Japanese are notorious for connecting with nature in a way that no one can. They ensure that their homes maintain strong connections with the natural world at all times. And they do this by bringing nature indoors via traditional Japanese plants like bamboo or bonsai. You can choose to add some plants to your home as well in order to mimic this setup. Just make sure that the plants you choose are compact and simple as that is what you can find in a Japanese homes rather than large plants with multicolored flowers.
Zen Meditating Space
This is a must for you home if you intend to give the latter a Japanese touch. The Zen meditating space can either be a room or space in your home that has been set aside for meditation and relaxation. Free of distractions, this room would act as your hideaway if you want some quiet time to yourself.
The Japanese believe that the trickling sound of water has a calming effect on the body and mind. Hence, the majority of homes in Japan come with soaking tubs that allow them to include another essential element of nature, water. Called Ofuro in Japanese, these soaking tubs can be placed in the bathroom or any other private space in your home. Ensure that the tub you choose is small and deep, and comes with a bench seat which makes it easy for you to get in and out.
Thinking of adding some Japanese influence into your home decor? Then consider the 7 tips mentioned above to achieve the same in an easy, efficient and cost effective manner.