How to Make Your Own Japanese Bedroom?

The minimalistic Japanese theme is now gaining popularity and moving into the world of the bedroom. You must be wondering – why? Well, the Japanese style is highly sophisticated and simple. It focuses on “less is more” and thus allows one to transform their bedroom into a luxurious retreat.

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Check out some of these ideas to create your own Japanese bedroom you won’t want to leave.

Top Tips for Applying the Minimalist Japanese Theme to Your Bedroom

1. Start with the Floor and Work Upwards

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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 are 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.

2. Decide on the Color Scheme for Your Bedroom

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Secondly, decide on 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.

3. Start to Add Furniture to the Bedroom

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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.

4. Add Accessories to Finish Off the Room

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Also, 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 hanging from the ceiling also look good. For the walls, hang one or two Japanese art paintings, such as a cherry blossom or any other nature inspired piece of art work.

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There are things you can borrow from Asian interior design when decorating every room of your home. In the case of the bedroom, these elements take the form of some specific pieces of furniture, accessories, materials, and finishes and we’ve going to explore some of the most popular and straightforward options.

5. Add a Low Bed

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Japanese furniture is usually low to the ground. In the case of the bedroom, this would best translate into a Japanese bed or one that has a suitable design. Platform beds often used in contemporary interior designs are excellent. {found on formaonline}.

6. Consider Textural Balance

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Balance is very important in Asian interior décor. Everything must be chosen carefully. The textures should work well together and they can be highlighted with accent lighting or using the right colors and color combinations. {found on icustomdesigns}.

7. Add Nature Inside the Room

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Another defining characteristic of Asian interior design is the beautiful connection between the interior spaces and the exterior and nature in particular. Bring some of that natural freshness and beauty inside the bedroom. Perhaps a bonsai tree would be just what the room needs.

8. Create an Open Space and Incorporate Natural Light

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keep the bedroom open and airy. It would definitely help if the room had large windows or glass walls. Natural light should inundate the room, making it look fresh, vibrant, and welcoming. To emphasize the openness of the space, simplify all the furniture as much as possible.

9. Use Natural Colors

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Extremely bold or neon colors are not something you see in Asian-inspired interiors or in bedrooms in general. So focus on natural colors, inspired by organic materials or by other elements found in nature such as stone, wood, or vegetation. {found on imidesignstudio}.

10. Add Sliding Doors or Screens

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Shoji screens are popular in Japanese interiors but they’re not the only option you have when designing an Asian-inspired bedroom. There are also other types of sliding doors or screens you can use. These window coverings give the bedroom a rich and authentic look.

11. Place Handcrafted Art Pieces on Your Walls

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There are several options when decorating the walls of an Asian-inspired bedroom. One of them is to use something similar to this hand painted silk screen. It’s simple but really lovely, with a theme that highlights the style chosen for the room.

12. Use Folding Screens for More Privacy

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If you need to separate your bedroom for more privacy, add traditional Japanese screens. We love this DIY idea from Instructables which will offer you privacy around your bed at night. It’s a good idea if you don’t have a large closet area but could also be used to block out sunlight when you are heading to bed. The great thing about this design is that you can make it fit any size of space, so you can add as few or as many panels as you need. There’s quite a lot of woodwork involved in this project, but it will be a fun challenge for anyone looking to add a unique addition to their bedroom.

13. Add a Throw to Your Bed

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While we’ve primarily focused on the larger elements of the bedroom so far, when it comes to adding accessories, we love using a colorful throw. While this idea from City Zen Space features a very multi-colored design, you could go for a single color such as red or orange. While you’ve likely stuck with mainly neutral colors until this point, this adds a little splash of color and can create more personality in an otherwise quite plain room.

14. Embrace Minimalism With a Less is More Concept

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You’ve probably already gathered by now, but Japanese bedrooms focus on creating space and minimizing clutter. Treehugger shares a great example of a tidy and bare Japanese bedroom, which has very few items and pieces of furniture in the room. If you are looking to create a calmer and more relaxing bedroom for after a busy day at work, you’ll love returning to a room with very few belongings in. Follow Marie Kondo’s popular methods for decluttering your space to bring more joy into your home.

15. Display Japanese Fans on the Bedroom Wall

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For a touch of Japan on your bedroom walls, we love adding Japanese fans. They barely cost anything to buy and yet will be ideal to use in your bedroom instead of artwork. You’ll find Japanese fans that come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and materials, and all of these can be opened up to display their pattern or color, as shown here in this huge fan from Urban Outfitters. For a really minimalist room, opt for a single color, or find beautiful hand-painted designs to add more interest to your space.


As you can see, there are many different elements to consider when it comes to creating a Japanese bedroom. We recommend starting by decluttering your space and then plan out your bedroom using the ideas listed above. Less is more when it comes to decorating in this style, and you’ll find your new bedroom will be very relaxing to spend the night in. You’ll discover that with fewer belongings around you, you can focus on what’s really important and get the good night’s sleep we all need in our busy lives.