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How to Incorporate Japanese Style in Interior Decor

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Simplicity and calmness is the key to Japanese style of interior decor. Uncluttered and clean interiors incorporating Japanese customs and traditions and a close blend with nature are the main features of this style of decor. All aspects of decor like colour, furniture, accessories etc are arranged as per balancing concept and in sync with nature. The Japanese interior decor can be considered as the major influencer of minimalist interior decor of the west and is being influenced by the eastern culture. 

 

Even though the Japanese style of interior decor was discovered by the west during the 16th century, it was actually incorporated into mainstream decor only during the Victorian era when trade opened up and traditional Japanese products were freely available in the west. 

The following are few of the highlights of Japanese style interior decor

  • Colour: The colours used for this style  of decor is neutral and is mostly influenced by natural elements. It is these colours that add to the simplicity of the decor. As such colours like white, beige, tan etc are widely used for wall painting. But modern style of Japanese decor has incorporated colours like black and red to blend in with the contemporary style. 
  • Lighting: Mid to low level lighting would be apt for Japanese interior decor. Try to keep the light in a concealed mode so that it creates a soft atmosphere. Since Japanese interior is designed with lot of open space, there is scope for plenty of natural light. 
  • Furniture: Furniture used are all simple and free from ornate and painting designs. Most of the furniture are low lying. A low plank table with floor cushions would be the ideal setting for dining room. A dual purpose futon that can be used both as a bed and seating option, bed without headboard etc are all key to Japanese interior decor. These type of furniture also add to the simplicity of the decor and provides a clutter free image. To provide a modern touch, white and red borders are sometimes provided to the furniture. 
  • Fitting: Sliding doors and windows in glass called Shoji is key to Japanese style of interior decor. This type of fittings not only save space but also bring in lot of natural light to the interiors. They are used mainly for decorative purpose. 
  • Flooring: Traditional Japanese floorings are done in timber, bamboo or grey stone tile. Tatami mats can also be used to provide an authentic touch. These natural materials provide a shady and cold feel to the interiors.  
  • Decor: Adding traditional Japanese plants like Bonsai and bamboo or installing an indoor water fountain etc are the best way to bring in nature and provide a Japanese touch to interiors. Flowers are less likely to be used in this type of decor. If the above mentioned plants are not available then one can go in for any plants that provides a dark, green tone to the interiors. Unique wall decor is another important feature of Japanese interiors. Wall can be decorated with Japanese metal wall art, beautiful paintings of Fujiyama mountain, Japanese inspirational wall art and traditional fans. Traditional umbrella can also be placed in a corner to create a complete picture.
  • Others: Natural wood is the major component of Japanese interior design. This can be incorporated in wall, door and window. The most commonly used wood are maple and pine. Bamboo is mainly used for making decorative pieces like wall hanging, sculptures etc. 

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  • Amit Roznak