Japanese Home Decor

Japanese décor features neutral colors, minimalism and organic textures. Interiors use open space as part of the design to create a clean and uncluttered yet stylish look. Like Japanese tattoos.

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Japanese-style décor brings nature and the world around you to elegant interiors to create a sense of tranquility and oneness with the natural world in your home.

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Shoji screens

In traditional Japanese homes, a shoji screen serves as a door, window, or room divider. Screens, consisting of a wooden or bamboo frame covered with rice paper, are designed to be opened. You can purchase freestanding shoji screens in the room divider style, finished in natural wood or black.

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If you prefer a more authentic look that serves as interior walls and sliding doors, find a company that specializes in custom-made shoji screens. Shoji screens diffuse light when placed in front of windows or other light sources, creating a calm, serene environment. Shoji lamps, square lamps with shades that mimic Shoji screens, provide soft lighting and a great accent.

Tatami mats

A traditional flooring in Japanese homes, real tatami mats are composed of a core of rice straw covered with woven grass reeds and fabric edging on each side. These organic rugs have a pleasant scent believed to be soothing.

Designed for rooms where people usually walk barefoot, sit and even sleep on the floor, tatami mats are also used on traditional futon beds or platforms, usually with a thin mattress.

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Although tatami mats are becoming less common in modern Japanese homes, these richly textured floors are still used to give the look and feel of traditional Japanese décor. Spread tatami mats around low-profile seating tables, cover the entire floor with them, use them as rugs, or hang them on the wall like a tapestry.


Japanese-style furniture tends to have a low profile with an emphasis on clean horizontal lines. The Japanese tea table, an iconic symbol of this minimalist style, is about the same height as a standard coffee table and is used in living rooms, meditation rooms or tea rooms.

Tea is served to guests sitting on tatami mats and floor cushions or on zaisu chairs, which consist of a seat and back without legs.

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Standard size lacquered dining tables sometimes accompany tea tables in the same large living area as open plan layouts are common. Traditional platform beds and futons have simple, unadorned headboards and a single mattress.

Contemporary Japanese-style living rooms include sleek, low-profile sofas, streamlined, contemporary designs that take up less space. Cabinets, shelving and storage systems adhere to the same low horizontal design. An exception to the typical horizontal design is the multifunctional Kaidan Dansu, a traditional Japanese stepped chest that consists of small storage cabinets embedded under a narrow staircase.


Accessories tend to stand out in Japanese design, but not so much because of their intricate or intricate designs, but because their quiet, understated beauty is more visible when surrounded by simple furniture and open spaces.

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Indoor fountains create the soothing sound of flowing water – another element that connects living space with nature. Include some tabletop fountains with bamboo, polished stones, or perhaps a Buddha figurine.

If the budget allows, then a large wall fountain made of stone will fit perfectly. For wall art, use hanging scrolls and Japanese noren, decorative fabric room dividers. Place the Asian style tea set on the tea serving tray on the tea table.

Bonsai trees, lucky bamboos and large potted houseplants add natural greenery. Incorporate organic décor in a variety of textures from natural hardwoods, bamboo, stone, jute, hemp and sisal. The Japanese-style interior is dominated by neutral, earthy colors. In this style, less is more, so incorporate white space into your decor.

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