Your home is where you spend most of your time in, which is why it is important that it is cozy and comfortable at all times. That said, design plays a very important role in making sure that you will always look forward to coming home and spending quality time indoors. Good design transforms your structure into a home.
Your home can be your sanctuary. With the right elements – material, layout, color scheme, furniture – you can transform your home into a work of art, one you will be proud to show off to everyone. And one that you will not want to leave. If your aesthetic leans toward the fuss-free, minimalist type, then having a Japanese-themed home design is ideal for you.
How does a Japanese-themed house look like?
Japanese homes are made distinctive with their spacious, airy layouts, high ceilings, and use of clean, straight lines. Their doors are open wide; they have big windows that allow natural light and lots of air inside the home. This is the reason why lights are unnecessary during the day. They are uncluttered, which means that their decorations and furniture are carefully thought out; they have to be beautiful and functional at the same time.
A Japanese home uses a lot of stone ware and wooden elements, using materials that are native to their country or region. You won’t see a lot of intricate, curvy, Rococo, or Baroque-style design on their furniture. Their designs are straightforward, linear, and bereft of unnecessary embellishment, save for the occasional engraving. Overall, their aesthetic is very easy to the eyes. You won’t feel claustrophobic or overwhelmed by a lot of details.
The rooms are separated by sliding wooden doors. The beds, if any, are low and close to the floor. Traditionally, the Japanese sleep on cots or mattresses that are laid on the floor. You also won’t find your usual fluffy couch in their living room. What you will find are pillows that are large and comfortable enough for you to sit in.
Japanese homes also have a coffee table, but it is significantly lower than Western designs. The floors are covered in thick carpets that are usually solid-colored, which means that walking around the house barefoot or wearing only socks, instead of the usual footwear, is necessary.
The dining area is also remarkably different from those in a Western households. For one thing, you won’t find chairs. The dining table may be long, but still as low as the coffee table. When dining, one must sit on the floor. If you are not very traditional, then you can use pillows or cushions to make meal times more comfortable.
The design of a typical Japanese home differs greatly from Western ones, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, having a lot of open space and minimal clutter can do wonders for your mindset and your mood, and can have a relaxing effect on you.
However, if you are not ready to make the commitment and transform your home into a traditional Japanese house, you can still bring a little of the Land of the Rising Sun with you by using Japanese accents and furniture.
We have Japanese art work, scrolls, and fans to decorate your house with. They definitely make great conversation starters. You can also choose pretty, hand-painted lamps and sconces, as well as vases and clocks that have a very Oriental flavor.
Chimes and gongs are also available, as well as candles and candle holders that come in handy for when you want to meditate. You can also give your home a refreshing, eco-friendly update with bonsai trees. We also have items for your bathroom, so you can give it a spa-like look and feel.
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