The calming, Zen-like feel of Japanese style interiors is accomplished through the use of natural materials and subdued colors. These natural elements include indoor water fountains and using tatami mats as floor coverings. Tatami are supple straw mats edged in cloth which measure 3’ by 6’ and help establish room sizes.
Bamboo, stone, and other natural materials provide the basis for a soothing color palette of brown, gray, and green. Soft floral patterns and colors are incorporated with decorative pottery and embellished textiles.
Furniture and accessories tend to be clean-lined and geared towards living near the floor of the room. The simplicity of Japanese style is particularly appealing to modern and minimalist design fans. Uncomplicated futons are traditionally used for bedroom furniture while low tables and floor cushions are used for dining. Simple, elegant floral arrangements such as orchids and bonsai add a graceful touch.
Natural fibers like silk are a must, and some silken fabrics are artistically embroidered with intricate designs (such as a beautiful kimono, which can also be used as wall art).
Translucent fusuma or shoji screens are the choice for room dividers and doors. Shojis are also used as window treatments, along with fiber shades, which both allow for plenty of natural light to fill a Japanese inspired room. Rice paper lamps provide a soft glow at night.