The minimalistic Japanese theme is now gaining popularity and moving into the world of the bedroom. You must be wondering – why? Well, Japanese style is highly sophisticated and simple. It focuses on “less is more” and thus allows one to transform his bedroom into a luxurious retreat.
The right way to design the bedroom is to start with the floors and slowly work upwards. For covering the floor, consider tatami mats. Tatami mat is a traditional material used in Japanese homes to cover the floor. The traditional tatami mats are made of rice straw, and is highly comfortable for bare feet. In addition, if you find covering the entire floor a cumbersome task then place a tatami mat on the floor.Place a big mat in front of the bed or in the seating area.
Secondly, decide a color scheme for the room. Traditionally, Japanese décor features neutral earthy tones. Colors you may consider are cream, brown, beige and black. Select any of these colors to dress the walls of your bedroom. Bring in splashes of colors by using bright nature colors through accent pieces. Orange, blue, green and red are common accent colors that can be incorporated through paintings, linens and decorative accessories.
Thirdly, you need to furnish the room. The furniture pieces that are used in Japanese Culture are close to the floor and thus impart a centered feel. The bed you choose for your Japanese themed room must be as low as possible. You may also place the futon mattress directly on the floor. Complement the bed with a bamboo or a basic lacquered dresser. Keep in mind that furniture pieces that cater to the functional need are only introduced to the bedroom. So, please do not clutter the room and destroy the theme.
Lastly, you need to accessorize or decorate the room. Try to select the decorative elements in natural materials such as bamboo, rice paper, or wood. Enhance the bed or the benches or chairs of the room with silk pillows and cushions. You may hang silk curtains on the windows. Rice paper lanterns hanged from the ceiling also look good. For the walls, hang one or two Japanese art painting such as a cherry blossom or any other nature inspired sober art work.