Japanese Inspired Design –Emphasis on Tranquility
A culture revered for its focus on ritual, its celebration of nature and its embracing of all things Zen, Japanese home design has certainly come to impact the flow and focus of many a modern interior, particularly within the past decade or so.
At Classic Home Improvements, some of our most interesting and inspired projects have integrated elements of Japanese home design, thus making the design-remodel a more fluid and holistic experience. The wonderful thing about borrowing from Japanese culture and from the way in which Japanese interior design approaches a whole home remodel, for instance, is that there is a tremendous amount of flexibility and versatility when it comes to the components involved. From exotic and exquisitely crafted fixtures, to furnishings inspired by natural materials, to the placement of openings and entryways, Japanese style is all about creating a peaceful, tranquil and serene setting in which the home’s inhabitants can utterly relax and seek genuine comfort after a long day.
The Key Elements of Japanese Home Design
While we have worked on a number of projects inspired by a Japanese aesthetic, perhaps our favorites have been those in which we really got to have a bit of fun with textures and materials. One of the most important elements when it comes to Japanese interiors, whether you’re engaged in a home remodel design or even building new, is the seamless blending of various textures, especially those more nature-driven materials.
Natural Elements: Plants and foliage often play a prominent role in Japanese design. Again, this is a nod toward bringing the outdoors in and really trying to embody the presence of the natural world within an interior space. Palms, orchids, even a variety of flowers all have their place within the traditional Japanese design scheme.
It is also however, about the wood textures. Bamboo is readily used in Japanese design, as are more rustic feeling woods, such as pine and cypress, maple and oak, those that lend a distinctive air of timelessness and warmth to a space.
And of course, it doesn’t get any more natural than light. Windows truly are a centerpiece in Japanese design. Merging the outdoor world with the indoor, large expansive windows and openings serve to create the aura of spaciousness while harnessing natural light as almost a Zen-like force within the home.
The Use of Color: In Japanese inspired design, color plays an integral role in terms of the overall design plan. The Classic Home Improvement’s team loves to experiment with color and use it to enhance an otherwise blank canvas. A design firm experienced in a variety of styles and interior traditions, we understand the subtlety of Japanese influences and we know how to create the type of color palette that truly bespeaks fluidity and tranquility when it comes to this particular style.
So what exactly constitutes a traditional Japanese color scheme…Again we look to the cues provided by the natural world. The greens, the browns, blues and yellows; those shades that harken the simplicity and spectacular depth of nature while creating a soothing environment for the eyes.
And yet, Japanese home design style is also about integrating neutral tones that do in fact speak to the peacefulness and quiet richness of a Zen inspired design motif. Whites, light grays and beiges, help bring cohesiveness to a space while still effecting a calming atmosphere. The natural accents, the woods and the furnishing as set against such a backdrop seem to pop all the more.
Simple Yet Elegant Furnishings: When redesigning your home with an eye toward Japanese design, it is important to keep the furnishings understated and yet still elegant. Simplicity is key. Natural textures play an important role in the general look and feel of the furniture.
Often, in the Japanese home, you will notice that the furnishings tend to sit lower to the ground. This speaks to traditions and customs. From tea rituals to eating practices, the furniture historically reflected a cultural way of life. Beds also are mostly of the platform variety. And this style is further indicative of the clean lines and minimalist perspective involved with some facets of Japanese interior design.
And as with other elements of design, the furnishings themselves are emblematic of more natural surroundings. From wood and linens to softer textures, Japanese pieces tend toward fluidity and seamless expression.
At Classic Home Improvements we are fans of many different types of design styles and traditions. We especially enjoy projects that utilize elements and inspiration from the Japanese culture. Some of our clients’ whole home renovation projects have taken stunning turns by incorporating the simplistic, elegant and clean lines of Asian inspired design. We would love to be a part of your next project—utilizing whatever style of design excites you. Contact us today for a free consultation at 858-224-7373!