The Japanese style of interior design is highly popular these days in Singapore home renovation projects and more and more interior design experts are playing up on traditional and modern Japanese elements as per their clients’ individual styles and personalities. The key principle behind designing in this style is ‘Zen’-which means you will see peaceful, serene and tranquil elements that help create a calm and meditative space amidst all the hustle and bustle of urban lifestyle.

Key elements of Japanese Interior design

Maximizing available space – Japanese people believe in efficient use of space and resources. As a result, Japanese homes are characterized by multi-functional rooms that help maximize the space through effective storage and minimal clutter. Futons doubling up as sofas during the day and beds at night, shoji screens creating double or triple rooms in a single room etc are some highly useable ideas that can be practically incorporated in modern Singaporean homes. In fact; this style of designing is highly apt for small apartment spaces especially considering the rising costs of residential units in our country. The best part about using Soji screens is that, unlike doors, they do not block the sunlight or the natural wind in the rooms. They are made using translucent papers held by wooden frames and hence, are extremely sturdy and lightweight. Your home renovation contractor can analyze your space and find out how best to use these screens in it.

Simplicity and minimalism-There are different principles involved in this style of designing and the most important one is keeping things simple. Think about it: the country itself is steeped in thousands of years of culture and naturally their simple heritage and tradition is also reflected in the architecture and interior designs of their homes. The principle element behind this style is Minimalism which your designer must achieve by balancing available space with simple furniture and objects to create clutter free, calm and meditative interiors.

Pleasing to all senses– The idea behind this design is to create sights and sounds that are soothing to all senses. As a result, your designer would likely bring as much nature as possible into your home through plants, artificial waterfalls and other elements inspired by nature. Thus, the bathrooms could have a spa-like feel with a large soaking tub that usually also has a sort of bench seat. Such soaking style tubs can go a long way in creating an enlightened escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Japanese interior design ideas

Colours– Neutral, soft and muted colours are predominantly used in the Japanese Interior design concepts. Chocolate, dark browns, greens and other nature inspired colours are highlights of this style. If wooden flooring is not possible in your renovation project, go in for soft grey stone tiles. Use plenty of wooden shelving to mimic the simple and neutral colour palettes seen in Japanese style homes. Do not forget to add plenty of houseplants indoors. If at any point during colour selection, you feel confused, simply look outside and seek inspiration from nature for the job.

Lighting– The Japanese style of interior designing is characterized by medium to low lighting which could be obtained through concealed or diffused lights. As open spaces are abundant in this style of designing, natural light is also available in plenty. The key is to have larger, more expansive windows and if possible, skylights through ceilings to get more of it. Naturally, there are no heavy draperies or curtains since windows must be cleared of all kinds of obstructions. If you do not like too much light, especially in the bedrooms, go in for bamboo panels or sheer gauzy curtains.

Furniture– The furniture in this style of interior designing is usually low-to-the-ground and especially inspired by Japanese elaborate tea ceremonies where people traditionally sit on floor cushions instead of sofas or chairs. It is important not to clutter the rooms, so try and use furniture items like futons which have dual functionality. You can always go in for an East meets West approach instead of completely incorporating Japanese interior design concepts: thus, simple low height plank tables placed alongside floor cushions in the dining areas and other simple, modern and clean furniture items made from natural wood or bamboo elements should help you achieve the Japanese look perfectly.

Here are some photos showing the Japanese style of interior design concepts.

Japanese Interior Design Concept living room ideas

Japanese Interior Design Concepts bathroom ideas

Japanese Interior Design Concepts bedroom ideas

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