Function, innovation and simplicity are arguably the pillars of Japanese design. In a country that is famous for its unique interior and management of each of these elements produces creative designs that combine function and form.
What’s more, design affects everyday life in Japan. So, how can we adopt the best elements of Japanese design without losing our own style? The following are some simple rules that can help.
White & bright
Create a space that impresses white, bright and bright. Minimalist decor, bright color wood, and white surfaces are now very popular and dominate Japanese interiors.
The combination of these elements displays tranquility in a Japanese home. Combine bright color wood with clean white paint, a smooth, flawless surface, and a chair without backing, so you can enjoy a little peace.
The empty space
If you really want to adopt the sensibility of traditional Japanese design, you must learn to love empty spaces and balance in your home.
Open areas give us space to breathe and let our minds wander and not linger on what is in the room.
Details & expertise
Empty space is seen as positive because it provides a place to highlight details and expertise. Japanese culture is arguably very much influenced by shokunin katagi (“spirit of craftsmen”) with a focus on detail and aesthetic beauty. In fact, the Japanese lunch box, known as a bento box, is very eye-catching.
The term craftsman refers to all skills, from design professionals to cleaners. Each expert creates simple and interesting creations. Choose artwork that can highlight your personality.
Look for local craftsmen to inspire your home with character and historical value. Japanese people believe that the process of increasing age will add to the beauty of wooden furniture. So, be sure to appreciate whatever you invest in your home.
The main principle of Japanese design is to create a flow between indoor and outdoor spaces and uphold both. Japanese people really appreciate the changing seasons so that every component of a Japanese home is able to respond to each change.
Sliding doors are a common component of traditional Japanese homes, which create a transition between each space. Shoji insulation is a wooden frame that is equipped with translucent materials such as plastic or paper.
These insulation not only helps maintain the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces, but also maximizes light and displays the impression of silence while maintaining privacy.
For a modern shoji baffle display that maximizes more light and outdoor views, consider steel doors and clear glass panel windows.
Another way to build personal space and incorporate natural elements into the home is to create a window seat that provides a place to reflect on yourself and ensure calm. As a work space or relax, space can be a good alternative to using empty space.
Green element in space
Another way to combine nature into everyday life is to incorporate green elements through indoor plants, whether they are hanging plants or in pots.
If you have more space and unlimited budgets, consider the idea of an indoor garden or vertical garden. In addition to cooling the room, the indoor garden or vertical garden can provide shade typical of traditional Japanese homes.
Bamboo is an outdoor element as a means of adding natural characteristics and creating privacy. Add bamboo plants to the indoor garden or balcony and create a barrier around the seating area.
Bamboo functions as a decorative material in indoor elements. Add bamboo elements to various complementary components of the home interior, for example for blinds, room dividers, barriers, clothes hangers, and so on.
Japan is famous for its strict and often complicated customs, but the rules about storing shoes in the house are quite simple.
Most Japanese people have outdoor shoes and indoor shoes or sandals. Therefore, a practical place is needed to store all the shoes. Every stair that is equipped with a drawer is a good solution.