5 Japanese Home Decor Ideas for your Interior

July 02, 2021 4 min read

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Indissociable from the Zen spirit, Japanese home decor is happily invited into our households to create a calm and soothing place. Some keywords of the Japanese style are minimalism, harmony and nature. In a Japanese interior, colors are sober and neutral, often derived from natural colors such as brown, grey or green. Wood is the preferred material, a noble matter that creates a serene atmosphere. Lastly, indoor plants are particularly appreciated for adding a touch of greenery and creating a balance with nature. For a successful Japanese home decor, opt for a traditional plant such as a bamboo or a bonsai.

Furniture is composed of the basics, it should be simple and practical, with clean and sober lines. However, Japanese decoration is a little more fancy when it comes to patterns. Cherry blossoms, animals, fish, birds, are all common and very often used in the Japanese decoration.

In this article, we will give you some tips and ideas to create a Japanese atmosphere in your home without repainting your walls or investing in exotic wood design furniture. Just get rid of the superfluous in order to create more space and find a good balance between materialism and spiritualism. Here are five ideas to create a modern Japanese home decor in a quick and easy way.

1. Create a cozy space with floor cushions

japanese home decor floor cushions

The Japanese tradition is to keep furniture low, including the tables. Therefore, Japanese people do not use chairs for sitting but floor cushions, which are called zabuton. Whether for reading a book, drinking a cup of tea or sharing a meal, all is done while sitting on a floor cushion. This practice is in line with the concept of a very minimalist decoration where bulky furniture is banished.

Floor cushions are an ideal solution for small spaces. In your living room, replace your dining table and chairs with a coffee table surrounded by cushions. This way, you will gain space while giving the impression of height under the ceiling. In addition, floor cushions can be stacked in a corner of the room when not placed around the table. For more comfort, place your table on a tatami or another type of carpet and you will obtain a very cozy space.

To stay in the Zen spirit, you can opt for a Japanese tatami cushion that will add a natural touch to your home decor. In a modern interior, these Japanese cushions with traditional patterns are great for adding some soft and comfortable seats around the coffee table.

2. Sublimate your walls with a Japanese artwork

japanese home decor artwork

Japanese culture has much to offer and Japanese art is a magnificent example of this. Who has never heard about The Great Wave off Kanagawa? This famous Japanese print has crossed the borders to conquer the hearts of Westerners. But let's not forget about the other paintings belonging to the Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji series painted by Hokusai, which will also have a great impact on your home decor.

In a more modern register, you can find many Japanese artworks on different themes such as samurais, geishas or even sacred animals of Japan. To push your Japanese home decoration to the next level, opt for a Japanese canvas with a wooden support that will give the impression of a scroll. These canvas prints will look even more impressive when matching several of them on your wall.

3. Personalize your sofa with Japanese patterned cushion covers

Japanese decoration cushions

To add a colorful Japanese touch to your home decor, customize your cushions with a Japanese patterned cushion cover. Placed on a sofa, an armchair or a bench, these decorative cushions are the perfect solution for warming up the atmosphere while bringing a Japanese touch to your room.

Japanese style decorating favors simple shapes and fabrics, but there' s no stopping you from going creative with patterns. Traditional, floral, modern or kawaii, there is something to suit all tastes. Make a nod to Japanese art with this Great Wave cushion cover or attract luck to your home with this Maneki Neko cushion cover.

4. Decorate your home with a noren

noren japanese home decor

Both practical and decorative, the Japanese noren is an indispensable element of Japanese home decor. In Japan, the noren is hung at the entrance of stores and restaurants to indicate that the establishment is open, and then removed at closing time. They are also found inside houses in order to separate two rooms. This original curtain consists of a piece of fabric that is split in the middle to facilitate passage while preserving the privacy of the room.

In Western interiors, this Japanese curtain is easy to install and allows to create a Japanese decoration of great effect. To add a refined and poetic touch to your decor, you may opt for this Japanese spring noren and its branch of cherry blossom. The main function of this curtain can be declined endlessly, you can either use it to decorate a door, cover a window, close a closet or hide a storage room. For a modern Japanese interior design, you can find magnificent noren with geek and humorous references, such as this Japanese noren Godzilla Sushi Chef!

5. Go for a subdued atmosphere with a Japanese lamp

Japanese paper lamp decoration

A Japanese home decor that embraces the Zen attitude requires, above all, a soft and subdued light, that does not disturb the eyes. For that, simply cover your light bulb with a pretty Japanese washi paper lamp. This Japanese paper made from plant fibers has the particularity of being strong and resistant to tearing and is ideal for covering light fixtures to create a soft, Zen and comforting atmosphere. The Japanese ball lamp is a very nice decorative element that can be used as a ceiling pendant or as a lampshade for a floor lamp. In summer, you can hang several of these paper lanterns on the branches of a tree to create an ephemeral zen garden.

For even more Japanese style decoration, hang a red Japanese lantern in the corner of your room. Typical of Japan, these paper lanterns are called chôchin and are still used as a lighted sign to indicate a business or a sake bar in some Japanese cities. In your kitchen, bedroom or living room, this traditional Japanese lamp will immediately bring a change of scenery.


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