3 Tips On How To Achieve A Japanese-Themed Bedroom
It's no secret that Japanese culture is unique and wildly interesting. So much so that people all over the world have taken quite a liking to their style in interior design. Their furniture as well as their placement is one of a kind and has been recognized by more and more interior designers as one of the most attractive and soothing designs for setting up new homes to give a modern yet cultured look.
Simplicity is the key to a Japanese-themed bedroom
Before you begin to make any decisions, it's always a good idea to draw up a plan of how you'd like the room to look. This is important because you don't want to get any measurements wrong. Since you're taking on the project yourself, and giving your bedroom in particular a Japanese theme, we're going to provide you with 3 important tips to help you achieve this look.
1. The Color Scheme
When taking on any kind of interior design project yourself, you need to have a base. Your color scheme will set the mood for the rest of the setup, so when you do pick the colors, have the remainder of the room at the back of your mind while you do so. To achieve a true Japanese ambience, you will want to go for nude tones when it comes to the walls and ceiling.
To help give the illusion of space, in case you have a smaller room, paint the walls an off-white and have the ceiling be a darker color. Dark ceilings give the illusion that the ceiling is higher than it actually is.
The Japanese design their homes as an extension of nature to give off a Zen feel, so use flooring that is either made of wooden planks or vinyl that gives off the wooden floor feel, and you're better off going for the classic dark brown. A staple in Japanese design is to also have the floor covered. In the event that you choose to do this, then go for a nude tone such as a light gray which will go nicely with the dark floors.
2. The Furniture
The most important factor when it comes to setting up your Japanese style bedroom is, of course, the furniture. Namely, the bed. The Japanese have their own style of bed frames and you need to get some research done before you purchase your bed frame so that you know what your options are. They use frames that are close to the floor, and you should look into specific designs like some Japanese platform beds that are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Pick one that goes well with the color scheme and that is suitable for the size of your room. While it will be the center of attention, you don't want it to take up the whole room, so be sure to pick a size that gives room for movement and accessories.
These bed frames are usually made with side tables so you won't have to worry about buying these separately. If you have a larger room, then you don't want to clutter it too much - Japanese design is all about minimalism, so you can perhaps add a solitary bamboo chair in the corner and that's about it.
Dark tones can accentuate the geometry of the space
3. Lighting & Accessories
Since the Japanese philosophy in general is all about minimalism as mentioned before, you want the lighting to be soothing and not invasive at all. Look into candles and night stands instead of having a large ceiling light installed. Ideally, during the day, you want the room design to play off the natural light as much as possible, and this is why the ceilings need to be a light color to reflect the natural light.
As for accessories, Shoji screens are a must to really bring together that Japanese feel to your room. These screens have been used by the Japanese for centuries to separate areas in the room or to control the lighting.
Giving your bedroom a Japanese-themed design is not going to be as difficult as you may have initially thought. There are some core ideas that need to be implemented such as certain accessories and of course, the bed. The lighting and colors need to be aimed towards a calm ambience. Always keep the idea of nature and minimalism in mind as you design, and you can't go wrong. If you want to add a couple of touches, think about getting a Buddha or dragon statue, or a couple of framed Japanese designs that you can hang on the wall.
O-yasumi nasai! (Sleep well!)