If you’re looking to give your bedroom a makeover, you may want to consider opting for a Japanese theme. This minimalistic, calming design can help transform the bedroom into a relaxing, soothing haven.
Start with the flooring
Japanese bedrooms typically feature tatami mats on wooden floors. So, if you’re looking to create a truly authentic Japanese design, this is something you’ll want to focus on. However, they can be a little pricey and they’re also not overly easy to get hold of. If you can’t afford, or find them, opting for plain cheaper mats will still help you to achieve the look.
Let there be light
A large part of Japanese design is ensuring there’s plenty of natural light in the room. It’s not often artificial lighting features heavily in a Japanese bedroom! So, if you need to make the room a little lighter, start by switching curtains for blinds. If you really want to enhance the Japanese theme, opt for wooden blinds from a company such as Direct Blinds.
Another way to enhance the natural light, includes utilising mirrors to reflect light back into the room. If the window is quite small, you could even consider adding a skylight if your budget will allow. This will provide a generous amount of light into the home without affecting your privacy.
Install a screen divider
Divider screens are a popular feature in Japanese bedrooms. Providing a private place to get dressed, they’re affordable and also make a great decorative feature. Traditionally, the Japanese place the screens on a sliding wooden track. However, a simple standalone screen will be good enough to create the look.
You can find these screens in lots of different places including the high street, online and even potentially in local garden centres.
Keep furniture low to the ground
When choosing your furniture, you’ll want to focus on pieces which are situated low down to the ground. Japanese style beds in particular, are very low down to the ground. So, if you currently have a standard bed frame, you’re going to want to switch it for a lower one.
Other than your bed, you’ll want to keep furniture to a minimum. A couple of low-set bedside tables and a combined wardrobe and chest of drawers will be more than enough.
Keep the design minimal
As a final note, Japanese bedrooms tend to have a very minimal design. We already mentioned keeping furniture to a minimum above, but the rule applies to the entire design of the bedroom. Ensure there’s no clutter and keep soft furnishings and accessories to a minimum. You need to stick to a minimalist theme wherever possible.
As you can see, it’s not overly difficult to create a Japanese inspired bedroom. The tips above will help you to develop the key Japanese look without breaking the bank. It’s also worth noting that when you choose accessories for the bedroom, make sure you opt for natural materials where you can to fully complement the look.