Serenity, balance and harmony are the key factors for a traditional Japanese interior design.
Rituals and tea ceremonies underline the space interactions for a zen life that can transform our own lifestyle. To make our homes a temple of peace the doctrines of de-cluttering and nature are on the menu.
Keep it Zen and breath calmness. Here are five sutras for a Zen interior style.
(1) Keep it light. Keep it simple.
De-clutter from the very beginning! Why to acquire uncountable furniture pieces to fill up each single square centimeter? Japanese houses make sure everything has a purpose and a place, everything becomes minimalist.
Tip: Use clean-lined furniture and pieces made out of natural wood.
(2) Nature from inside out
Nature manifests constantly in Japanese interior style due to its sacred meaning. To connect with nature is to bring it indoors. So, there are many and different ways Japanese interiors praise nature.
Tip: (a) Use stones or rocks as backsplashes in bathrooms or kitchens, also as flooring in bathrooms. (b) Similarly, bring some bonsai or bamboo into your interiors to give a natural Japanese touch. (c) Don’t forget to create a tranquil atmosphere through the serene sounds of water.
(3) A natural hue palette
Simplicity and neutrality is the language of the colors in this interior style. Inspired by nature, earth, wood and stones play the protagonist when it comes to pass the brush in the interior canvas.
Tip: implement the brown hues of earth through wood flooring, shelving and wall panels. Add some grey of stones in tiles, and bring green through houseplants. Don’t forget to use white to add balance into the equation!
(4) Lighting up our homes with natural light
To connect indoors with the sacred nature, light must fill the space with its brightness.
Tip: Make sure your space has large windows or skylights. This will not only give a sense of brightness to the space, but also it will make it look open and bigger.
(5) Add a meditative room to your house
A place for meditating, doing yoga or having tea is the final touch for your zen interior style.
Tip: Place some tatami mats on the floor, bring some cushions, place some low-to-the-ground furniture, install a Japanese sliding door or shoji and light up some candles. Then let yourself be immersed in the Japanese lifestyle.