Your guide to creating a Japanese Zen style interior design

Japanese interior designs are renowned for their ultimate Zen qualities. They’re simple, minimalist and emphasize a relaxed calmness that is seldom found in westernized interior design styles. As a result, it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves. People just want to feel absolutely relaxed when they’re home, and a Japanese style interior inherently helps with that. So today, we’ll be sharing a few tips on how you can emulate this style in your homes. Let’s take a look:


1. A calming ambiance

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One of the first things you need to consider while designing a Japanese style interior design is the colour scheme. This style emphasizes calmness of both the mind and the body, which is why the colour scheme is always on the natural and understated side. There is extensive use of browns, beiges and greys – all the colours of nature in a man-made setting.


2. Natural elements

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The Japanese Zen style derives its ideology from nature, which is why extensive use of natural elements is always a must in these designs. Some people go for Zen gardens in their homes, but if yours is on the smaller side, you can go for accent walls that feature nature-inspired motifs and materials. You could go for a bamboo focal point or a stone accent wall to get this style right.


3. Sliding doors

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Besides natural elements, sliding doors are another staple in the making of Japanese style interior designs. Old-school shouji’s (sliding doors) used to have elaborate wooden frames with rice paper backing, but since security is an issue these days, glass and steel sliding doors are a good alternative. However, you can go for traditional shouji’s for the interior doors.


4. Minimal wooden designs

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Wood is the mainstream material used in Japanese style interior designs. However, it’s not articulated in the form of elaborate designs. In fact, it is always interpreted in simple forms which contributes to a minimal aesthetic. It can be used in furniture, wardrobes, bed frames, decorative frames, lamps and more.


5. Natural materials

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While you cannot go for authentic natural materials, you can opt for the next best thing. Marble and wood textured wall tiles on feature walls can be embellished with framed kanji and small potted plants to give the space a relaxing aura.


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