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The Japanese design represents one of the key influences on minimalism and sets forth principles for creating a “zen” interior.

The key to the Japanese interior design concept is known as “Ma”. This concept aims at a balance between the available space that can be used on one side, and furniture and other objects, on the other side.

Ma is used to keep spaces clear and uncluttered, to help create a special and calm home for both the inhabitants and visitors, main principles of Japanese interiors.

Elements of Nature

The Japanese culture shares a lot of love and respect for nature. It’s felt that the best way to maintain a connection with the natural world is by bringing nature to the home. Adding a traditional Japanese’s plant, such as bonsai and bamboo can help achieve a Japanese room feel.

You can use any deep green plant though to achieve a similar effect. For instance, you may consider palm or orchid. However, flowers are not typical in the Japanese style room and home to keep it simple, natural and green.

Sliding Doors

Due to the high cost of homes and scarcity of space in Japan, they tend to be small by Western standards. It also means that many people rent apartments instead of buying a home. It’s due to these factors that the Shoju is so important in Japanese house interior. A Shoji is an authentic Japanese screen. Unlike doors, the shoji slides back and forth saving space that would be taken up by the swinging door.


The best advice that I can give in this respect is to try and use a mid- to low light level. Bright lights are often seen as a trigger to work and do not allow relaxation. The lower lighting levels will also give your home an authentic Japanese design feel.

If possible, lights should be concealed or diffused. This type of soft lighting helps create a soft and calming atmosphere to your home and embellish the simple Japanese furniture design.


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