How To: Tap Into The Japanese Trend

It’s time to embrace the growing Japanese interior design trend. Drawing on the beauty of traditional decor, raw materials and simple, natural elements, introduce the minimal Japanese aesthetic into your home with our handy tips and tricks.

With an emphasis on the importance of functional spaces and a focus on clean and uncluttered living, modern Japanese interior design is all about simplicity. Our guide is packed with tranquil decor inspiration and ideas on how to create a calming and unpretentious interiors scheme. Read on to discover our top tips to transforming your home into a zone of ultimate zen, from intricate stitched bedding to simplistic frosted glass lighting.

1. MAKE A MINIMALIST YET BOLD STATEMENT IN YOUR BEDROOM

Looking for Japanese style bedroom ideas? A simple yet impactful design is all you need. With a ‘less is more’ sentiment, choose furniture items and accessories that all have a specific purpose and can make a big statement, while complementing each other. Combine neutral tones with darker colours to create a laid back atmosphere.Grey upholstered bed frame, blue bed linen and hanging opal shades

2. ADD NATURAL WOODEN ELEMENTS

One of the easiest and best ways to add Japanese style interior design into your home is harmonising with nature. Add natural wooden elements into your home, from dining tables to serveware, to create a serene and soothing environment. Known as biophilic design, take a look at our guide to find out more.

Wooden dining table with wooden bench and black metal chairs

3. INTRODUCE SOFT, TRANQUIL LIGHTING

Natural lighting is always the best way to add a sense of calm to your home, but a great alternative is Habitat’s selection of soft lighting. Our Japanese living room designs include lamps with frosted glass globes that emit a soft, tranquil light and heighten the modern Japanese minimalism vibe with their simplistic shapes.

Blue upholstered 3 seater sofa with wooden side table and opal glass shade lamp

4. BRING NATURE BACK INSIDE

The Japanese love to embrace natural beauty by bringing the outdoors in. Adding a selection of house plants to your home will not only help uplift the room, but will also help circulate oxygen. Whatever plant you choose, keep it simple, natural and green.

Japanese interior decoration also celebrates the imperfections of nature and life. Because most of our ceramics are handmade, each one is subtly unique and the Japanese term ‘wabi sabi’ celebrates this imperfect variation.

Wooden sideboard with blue door, wicker basket with plant and white ceiling light

5. ADD TEXTURE, AND LOTS OF IT

Whilst your furniture should be kept simple and minimalist, textiles will bring warmth, texture and personality to your room. To add texture into your bedroom, go for layers of bed linen and throws, which are great for extra warmth in the colder months too.

Low oak bookcase with blue background and blue bed linen

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