If you have ever been to Japan, you would have come across a culture so rich and traditions so deeply engulfed in the everyday life, that you might want to carry a part of it home and cherish it as a lovely memoir. A history going back to thousands of years which reflects beautifully in their architecture and interior design, peaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture.
Unobstructed views, natural touches, wooden usages and a zen-like ambience are some typical Japanese design ideas that provide a peaceful retreat from the hustle-bustle of the city life. Here are some design secrets straight from Japan that will inspire you to build a beautiful home along with your loved ones!
Want A Touch Of Japan In Your Home? Here Are Some Tips!
Follow these steps for a home inspired by the subtle beauty of Japanese aesthetics!
1. Bring Nature Home!
There are various homes that have a plant or two as a part of interiors to add a green effect. But a Japanese inspired home will speak volumes about the love and respect that they have for nature. They welcome nature by bringing them indoors.
Traditional bamboo and bonsai plants are common home décor ideas which can be incorporated. You can also consider adding sleek plants such as palm or orchid to your home, whatever you choose, keep it simple, natural and green. If not indoors, outdoor greenery which can be viewed from within the home through large, expansive windows works great too.
2. Incorporate Some Sliding Doors!
‘Shoji’ is an essential design element in Japanese homes. It is nothing but an authentic screen, these work really well as space dividers. Japan has a high cost of living and limited space, much like Mumbai, which makes it important to conserve every square inch of space. Unlike big swinging doors that take up space, there Shojis slide back and forth, helping save space.
They are traditionally 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. Another benefit of a shoji is that they let natural light flow easily inside the room, contrary to wooden doors that block daylight.
3. Soaking Tubs, Anyone?
Japanese culture is rife with all things natural and water as an element has an extremely relevant role in it. ‘Ofuro’, translated as bath in Japanese, is nothing short of a tranquil tradition that is every cent worth adding to your home. Bubbling water has a serene sound that immediately soothes you, which can be achieved by adding Japanese soaking tubs in your bathrooms.
They are small, deep tubs that usually have some sort of bench seat. Indulge in some classy and calm bathing time by soaking in your tub and feeling one with nature, all within your bathroom walls.
4. Be Wood Wise!
It’s clear that Japanese aesthetics are highly influenced by nature, which makes it mandatory to include one of the finest components of nature i.e. Wood.
Walls, doors, screen grids and frames are all made of natural wood. The most common woods being western versions of maple, cypress, hemlock and red pine.
Infact, the choice of colours is also derived from nature. Predominant colours such as browns of wooden elements and green of plants are included. Bamboo flooring is a common sight in a Japanese home. Basically, there is a heavy reliance on wooden elements through wood shelving, wall panels and flooring.
5. Choice Of Furniture Makes All The Difference!
Japanese style of furniture is generally low to the ground, eliminating heighted chairs, sofas or beds. One of the ways to incorporate this in your home is by bringing in low-to-the-ground furniture. Another authentic furniture setting would be a low plank table surrounded by floor cushions, which will take your dining experience or evening siesta to another level.
6. The Entryway Matters:
The entryway in a Japanese home is simple and clutter-free making it seem inviting. Also known as ‘Genkan’, this is where you greet your visitors and also where shoes are immediately taken off and usually replaced with indoor slippers.
Again, natural pieces are included in the design right at the entrance through wooden elements and a lot of daylight. Stone tile flooring is also popular in these homes, especially the entryways.
7. Your Zen – Space:
It would be unfair to not include the very basic design element, very commonly found in almost every Japanese household, a space to meditate, do yoga or just have tea. While it can prove to be challenge to have a spare room to meditate in the sparse Mumbai apartments, it is possible to have a small space reserved for the purpose, which can be your Zen-like space for quiet reflections.
Paint the room or area in calming greens and browns, add some live greenery, play some calming music and your very own secret hideaway is ready!
Japanese culture has managed to keep nature close, which can be clearly seen in their creative bend towards peaceful, serene and soothing interior design trends even today. So go ahead and bask in nature by turning your concrete jungle into a beautiful painting inspired by Japan!
If you to transform your home into an inspiring abode, get in touch with one of Hipcouch’s experts today!