Japanese Minimalism

Japanese Minimalism

If you are looking for a healthy break from the chaos of modern living, a Japanese minimalist bedroom can be the right choice for you. This may be one of the most interesting decisions that you will ever make. Traditional Zen architecture inspires the natural, simple, and tranquil essence present in many minimalist designs and interior design. Japanese design influenced by Zen based Feng Shui bringing Zen inspired colors and patterns are also incorporated in contemporary Japanese design.

Zen and Shinto philosophy both place great emphasis on space. A Japanese bedroom would not be complete without a proper amount of space to move about in, whether it is just a bed with a desk, or a couch. The general design philosophy of minimalism, with less is most often more, also applies to bedroom furniture as well. Minimalists look to fill as much space as possible while still creating an attractive, comfortable, and practical design. Because of their artistic value derived from Zen paintings, prints, and woodcarvings, there are many different Japanese minimal bedroom furniture designs to choose from.

Most Japanese bedrooms use natural, soft, and pale colors such as white, cream, eggshell, beige, yellow, gray, and ivory. Many use monochromatic color palettes including black, brown, or tan, or use colors that compliment and contrast with the colors on their walls. Black, gray, and white are the most popular colors for the minimalist design. For the Japanese minimalist bedroom, furniture made of solid, dark wood with straight lines is used. The furniture may be displayed on the floor or atop a small work area or sitting area, depending on the theme of the room.

Minimalist bedroom styles emphasize a very clean look with sharp angles, curved forms, and straight lines. Most Japanese bedrooms use natural or faux fabrics, such as cotton, linen, jute, and bamboo. Natural tones, especially light and pale colors are used throughout the home in the form of wall paint, curtains, and lamps.

Japanese rooms are usually smaller than other types of rooms, so when planning your Japanese minimalism bedroom you need to plan the space of the room correctly. This involves deciding what will be the focal point in the room, what will be the most important feature, and the least used features. By working with these aspects of the space, you can make a decision of how much to include and how much is unnecessary. A great example of this process is to see what is actually included in the Japanese minimalism bedroom.

One interesting aspect of Japanese minimalism is the use of kakebutons. A kakebuton is a small Japanese word that translates literally to something that is small like a pin. You might think that this would be a negative aspect of the Japanese minimal style, but when used in a Japanese bedroom a kakebuton is actually a nice accent piece. In olden days, a kakebuton was used to cover an open hole or window. Because it is so small, it fits perfectly into this environment, and also since it is so small, it doesn’t overwhelm the room.

Another aspect of Japanese minimalism is the use of natural materials in their bedroom designs. For instance, instead of using elaborate lacquer and gold curtains, which tend to be very expensive, olden days Japanese often use one color of sheer fabric and then another color of jute to line the windows. Often, you can find these sheer fabrics in soft pastel colors, such as pale yellow, peach, and white. Some people even use one of these colors for their doors, although I don’t recommend it!

The third aspect of Japanese bedroom design that I love is the use of natural elements. One of the most important things in a Japanese bedroom is the bed frame. If the bed frame is made of natural elements, such as wood, then you have the makings of a minimalist bedroom. Because Japanese furniture is very simple, the room is not overcrowded with fancy designs and patterns. The simplicity of the furniture helps to open the eyes of the beholder, and allow him/her to appreciate the natural elements.