15 Minimalist Home Design Principles with a Japanese Style Touch
The main principle of Japanese minimalist home style
Most Japanese minimalist home styles in urban areas often contain traditional characteristics, such as a bath or stepped entrance. Likewise, many Western-style houses in Japan have one large Japanese-style room with tatami floors. The design elements of traditional Japanese houses, which are an inspiration to Western architects, can be found all over the world. The following are some important concepts of Japanese home architecture.
- Open space concept
Open space is very prominent in the principles of minimalist Japanese home design. This concept is intended to maximize natural lighting and ventilation into the room. Large, spacious windows and ceiling openings such as skylights, are the perfect way to add this design to your own home. Curtains or thick screens will only block this natural light. However, if this is not possible, choose simple bamboo screens or thin curtain panels.
- Sliding door or barrier
Traditional Japanese partitions are called Shoji, and they are an important design element in Japanese home styles. This Shoji sliding door can save space compared to most swing doors. These traditional Japanese partitions or doors are usually made of soft translucent paper attached in a wooden frame. However, modern versions of the shoji are now widely available and are usually made of glass panels in a wood or aluminum grid.
This main element does not obstruct natural lighting and natural scenery. Replacing a large expanse of walls with partitions or sliding glass paneled doors can be a great way to incorporate this Japanese home style into your home.
- The elements of wood and bamboo
One of the best ways to harmonize with nature is to add natural wood elements to your home. Japanese culture is known for using wooden elements throughout their homes. The walls, doors, screen grilles and frames are all made of natural wood. In fact, you can replace the screen material from fabrics that contain wood or bamboo fibers as shown above. You can add wood elements to the floor and ceiling of your house. However, the wood element is not limited only to the interior, but also the exterior finishing of a minimalist Japanese house as shown below.
Bamboo is also very popularly used for decorative purposes in Japanese home architecture, as can be seen in the picture below.
- Multipurpose room
For those of you who have a tiny house, don’t worry. Flexible spaces and movable furniture can be applied to small houses. Because traditional sleeping mats (futons) can be folded up and stored in a cupboard during the day, one large room can be used for a variety of functions, for example sitting, dining and sleeping. Or, you can also use a partition as well as a sliding door so that it unites the bedroom with the family room, such as the interior of The Mighty Mini – Conformable Minimax House by Eben below.
Ofuro, which translates as bathtub in Japanese, is a relaxing tradition that is well worth adding to your home. Ofuro is only used for bathing. All bathing activities other than bathing can be done outside the bath using a shower or tub. Japanese baths are usually small and deep which usually have a kind of bench seat. This tub is a trend in Eastern architectural style that is applied by many home owners who want to create a spa-style environment in their home.
- Flexible furniture
Because many Japanese home designs do not separate the room with furniture for certain purposes such as the sitting room or TV room, we can still imitate the simplicity of Japanese home architecture into our homes. Most of Japanese furniture is placed directly on the floor or on the floor, such as the use of floor cushions and chairs or floor sofas instead of ordinary chairs or sofas.
- Popular colors
In keeping with the natural beauty of the outside world, Japanese homes usually contain simple natural colors. The dominant color comes from the elements of brown wood and green plants. The floors were usually wood or gray tile and most of the walls were replaced with screens covered in frosted paper.
This design makes for a simple color palette that is very neutral. Try incorporating these natural wood elements through wood shelves, wall panels, and floors, or add natural stone gray tones to your floors or even your furniture.
Also, don’t forget to add lots of green through natural ornamental plants. Simplicity is key when choosing a color palette for a Japanese home style.
- Zen meditation room
Try diving deep into the peaceful Japanese culture by creating a very serene space in your home for meditation, tea or yoga.
Find a quiet place in your own home to put down a floor pillow for meditation or just to sit and relax. Don’t forget to add a water element around it as the splash of running water will drown out any annoying noise.
Do you want to have a house designed in a minimalist Japanese home style like the picture above? If so, what would you add to your home to achieve this look?