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Japanese architecture studio Chop + Archi has used a trio of courtyards to make the most of the sharp “dead space” corners of this house, located on an almost triangular plot in Tokyo. More

Turn your bathroom into an enlightened escape by adding one of these soaking-style tubs. It is the ultimate way to have East meet West, and create a spa-like environment in your home.

This family house in Japan’s Shiga prefecture was designed by local studio Hearth Architects around an indoor garden, which is planted with a tree that extends towards a skylight. More

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In keeping with the natural beauty of the outside world, Japanese homes typically contain simple colors from nature. Predominant colors are derived from the browns of wooden elements, and the greens of plants. Flooring is either wood or grey stone tile, and most walls are replaced with screens that are covered in opaque paper.

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Stone tile flooring is also popular in these homes, especially the entryways. In order to mimic this design, we suggest  copying the clean, simple lines of Japanese design. Keeping your entryway uncluttered may be the biggest challenge (especially for North American homeowners who tend to house some clutter in their entry’s such as mail, shoes etc..).

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Natural light abundantly fills these homes, bringing with it serene views and colors of nature.  What could be a better way to light up your home? Large, expansive windows and ceiling openings such as skylights, are the perfect way to add this bright design into your own home.

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Japanese studio Tato Architects designed the interior of this house in Osaka as a single room containing angular platforms that perform multiple functions and are connected by a spiralling sequence of wooden steps. More

Japanese homes tend to be small and situated close to one another, whether in urban or rural settings. Yet key features of traditional Japanese residential design ensure privacy, natural light, protection from the elements and contact with the outdoors — no matter the size of the house or its location.

Although most urban Japanese can’t afford single-family homes, their apartments often contain traditional features, such as soaking tubs and step-up entryways. And many Western-style homes in Japan contain a single Japanese-style room with a tatami floor.

Elements of traditional Japanese house design, long an inspiration for Western architects, can be found throughout the world. Here are the essential concepts.

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A chimney-like tower covered in white tiles rises in the courtyard of this house in Shiga, Japan, which architect Kouichi Kimura has designed for the owner to host yoga classes. More

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3. Tiled roofs with broad eaves. Japan is a rainy country, and its roofs are designed to drain large amounts of water away from the house. The eaves allow residents to open exterior doors for ventilation without letting in the rain.

This two-story house in the Aoyama district of Tokyo sits on an atypically large lot for the city center.Photo by Hope Anderson

Try diving deep into the peaceful Japanese culture by creating a truly serene space in your home that is meant for mediating, having tea, or doing yoga.

Japanese culture is saturated in a love and respect for nature. The best way to maintain a strong connection with the natural world, is to bring nature indoors.

The view from this bedroom brings nature indoors. Image Source: Decker Bullock

5. Step-up entryways. A transitional space between outdoors and in, the genkan is where one exchanges outdoor shoes for slippers (which are removed before stepping on tatami floors). Genkan hold shoe cupboards as well as decorative objects such as ceramics, flowers or art.

They may include or face the tokonoma (alcove), where scrolls and other artwork, as well as ikebana (traditional flower arrangements), are displayed.

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To encourage the occupants of this house to socialise with their neighbours, Japanese architect Takanori Ineyama added a patio deck, a first-floor balcony and a large bay window to the building’s facade. More

Look at the room featured below. It is an amazing nod to Japanese culture and would make a perfect place to have Japanese tea. Find a quiet place in your own home to lay out a floor cushion for meditating or just sitting and relaxing. Don’t forget to  add a water feature, so its trickle will drown away all distracting noises.

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7. Sliding doors. These louvered doors and plaster slitted windows (mushiko mado) are particular to Kyoto machiya (traditional live-work homes).

Furniture that is low to the ground is common in Japanese culture. Image Source: Tim Clarke

Or we could be more authentic by surrounding a low plank table with floor cushions—using this as a means to dine would be very bona fide, and maybe even a bit romantic.  Whether you want more of an East meets West design, or you want to be extremely authentic — Japanese style furniture can easily be incorporated into your home.

When one understands the ancient tea ceremonies and lifestyles of the Japanese— the culture immediately becomes very endearing and worth replicating in our everyday lives. If for any other reason, let’s mimic Japanese style in order to bring a little bit of their well-honed Zen into our own lifestyles. Couldn’t we all use a little bit of peace and harmony in our homes?

As you can probably already tell, Japanese design is clean and minimalist. Clutter is not contained in these homes. As we discussed above, sometimes there isn’t even much furniture in an authentic Japanese home.

Furniture should be modern, clean-lined and made of natural wood. Lighting should be angular and modern (as seen in the kitchen below). Or lighting could mimic an authentic Japanese lantern style, as well. Overall, look to modern living designs to replicate this clean, simple style. Everything should have a purpose and a place — nothing is out of order or lacking function. Studying the art of Feng Shui may also help you design your minimalist interior.

9. Straw matting. Tatami flooring, made from woven igusa (a type of grass), is cool in summer and warm in winter. Though costly, it lasts for years because shoes are never worn indoors. Mats come in standard rectangles whose edges are bound in black cloth or, in the case of wealthy households, brocade.

Rooflights, pale tiles and glossy flooring are among the tweaks that Apollo Architects & Associates made to a family home in Toyko to give it a light-filled living, kitchen and dining room. More

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Large openings in the corrugated-metal facades of this boxy building in Shizuoka, Japan, frame views of the neighbourhood from a shop on the ground floor and residence above. More

Privacy, natural light and harmony with nature are enhanced through these design features

11. Traditional baths. In the past, many Japanese bathed in neighborhood public baths, as only relatively wealthy families could afford the expense of maintaining a furo, which requires not only space but enough fuel to maintain a water temperature of 100 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (37.

8 to 42.2 Celsius). Although public baths still exist, the majority of Japanese homes have their own furo, which is used only for soaking. (All soaping and rinsing takes place outside the tub using handheld showers or buckets.

) Bathing remains an essential daily ritual in Japan.

The sliding doors are a great Japanese design solution. Image Source: Out to See

One word sums it up : Zen.  Yes, peaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture. Thousands of years steeped in tradition have influenced Japan’s architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very cultural interior design.

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Adding traditional Japanese plants, such as bonsai and bamboo, into your home will give it a small  Japanese cultural touch. Really though, you can add any sort of deep greenery and still achieve a similar style. Consider adding sleek plants such as palm or orchid to your home. It is not typical to see a lot of  colorful floral arrangements in a Japanese home, so whatever plant you choose, keep it simple,  natural  and green.

Walls, doors, screen grids and frames are all made of natural wood. The most common woods being western versions of maple, cypress, hemlock and red pine. Bamboo is also a popular wood used for decorative purposes, as can be seen in the image below.

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10. Multipurpose rooms. Because the traditional bedding (futon) is folded and stored in closets during the day, a single large room may be used for sitting, dining and sleeping. Flexible space and movable furniture enable small houses to comfortably accommodate families.

Most of Japan’s furniture is low to the ground, or when it comes to tea ceremonies, floor cushions usually forgo furniture. Mimicking this design aesthetic can be as simple as incorporating low-to-the-ground furniture into our homes, such as the simple side tables and bed frame featured in the image below.

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This design results in a simple color palette that is very neutral. How can we mimic this in our own interiors? Try incorporating these natural wooden elements through wood shelving, wall panels and flooring, or add the grey-tones of stone in your floors or even your furniture (see image below).

Jun Igarashi Architects found a work-around in Japanese building code to create this house on Hokkaido’s southwest coast, which features a larger than average roof to protect a pair of patios from snowfall. More

As you notice in the image below, the entryway has a shelf or cabinet called a getabako that is used for storing shoes (tips of the shoes are usually placed pointing outwards, unlike the image below). As you will also notice, the entry is simple in design with wooden elements and a lot of natural lighting.

While a lot of authentic Japanese homes do not segregate furniture-filled rooms for certain purposes such as sitting room or TV room, we can still mimic Japanese simplicity into our sectioned-off homes.

Ofuro, translated as bath in Japanese, is a tranquil tradition that is well-worth adding to your home. Japanese soaking tubs are small, deep tubs that usually have some sort of bench seat. These tubs are becoming an Eastern trend that many health conscious homeowners are flocking for.

Due to the high cost of housing, Japanese homes tend to be small and a lot of residents rent apartments, so conserving every square inch of space is essential. Unlike doors, these Shoji’s slide back and forth, saving space that a swinging door would take up.

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Japanese homes also bring nature inside through large, expansive windows that allow a view of nature from every angle. Like this bedroom, featured below, the large sliding glass door brings serene, natural views indoors. Open up your home to the wonders of nature today.

For this lakeside house in Japan, Tokyo-based studio Sugawaradaisuke used five interlocking levels to create multiple viewing platforms both inside and outside the property. More

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In order to achieve this style,  mimic its clean, simple and minimalist design throughout all the rooms in your home. Add to your home: natural wood elements, simple greenery, natural lighting, modern furnishings, water features, a deep soaking tub, plush floor cushions, sliding doors or screens, a room for mediating and plenty of colors derived from nature.

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This wooden bath house would fit perfectly into any Japanese home. Image Source: Right Arm Construction

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6. Exterior hallways. In addition to connecting rooms, these broad hallways known as engawa are the transition point between indoors and out. In warmer months, they function as verandas; year-round they let in light and air.

12. Minimal transitions between indoors and out. Access to the outdoors — a concept aided by easily opened sliding doors and windows — is paramount in Japanese design. This indoor-outdoor aesthetic greatly influenced modernist architects in California and around the world.

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8. Reverence for wood. The wood in Japanese houses is often stained but never painted, since paint would cover the highly prized grain. Entire tree trunks may be used as roof beams, while the most expensive piece, often an unplaned length of Japanese cypress, is reserved for the tokonoma.

The bamboo ladder in this bathroom is a nice nod to Japanese design. Image Source: Custom Made

Paint the room in calming greens or browns, add some live greenery, play some calming music and Voila! You have your very own, very Zen Japanese hideaway.

Large eaves and a metal-mesh canopy that will eventually be covered with plants help to shade the interiors of this concrete house on Japan’s Okinawa Island. More

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1. Gated entries. Because most residential streets in Japan lack sidewalks, the delineation between public and private space begins at a property’s gate. This traditional roofed gate in Kyoto separates the street from a hidden residence.

An old cherry tree hints at an impressive garden inside the walls.Photo by Hope Anderson

How can you achieve this design aesthetic and still have a home full of furniture and modern comforts? The trick is to keep your design simple and uncluttered. Most modern design aficionado’s will find this style easy to replicate.

Japanese style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, order, ancient customs and a love for natural beauty.

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While you may not have grown up surrounded by the ancient Japanese culture, you can still fall in love with its very peaceful design aesthetic that is deeply rooted in history.

Japanese architect Takashi Okuno designed this house with a U-shaped plan, to ensure every room has a view of the tree in the central courtyard. More

There is always a place to store shoes in a Japanese entryway. Image Source: CCS Architecture

The living spaces in this house designed by Suppose Design Office in Higashihiroshima, Japan, are arranged around a dirt floor, which is a modern interpretation of a traditional doma. More

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One of the best ways to harmonize with nature is to add natural wooden elements into your home. Japanese culture is known for using wooden elements throughout their homes.

This is a gorgeous Japanese-inspired bedroom. Image Source: WB Homes

Floor-to-ceiling windows let a lot of natural light into this room. Image Source: Doba-Arch

An authentic Japanese screen is usually made of fine translucent paper held inside a  wooden frame. However, modern versions of these screens can be found online and are usually made of glass panels inside a wooden grid.

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This modern TV room has plenty of natural light via the floor-to-ceiling windows. Image Source: Logue Studio Design

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As mentioned above, open space and minimalist design principles reign in Japanese design. So let’s look at another way this design aesthetic is achieved — Natural Lighting.

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An authentic Japanese screen is called a Shoji, and it is an essential design element in Japanese homes.

Essentially, the texture of wood can be seen everywhere in a Japanese home. Try bringing these natural wooden elements into your home by adding a bamboo floor, or wooden screen. You will love the serene calming effect that clean-lined wood elements can add to your home.

The Japanese entry is called a genkan.  This is the area that greets visitors and also the place where shoes are immediately taken off and usually replaced with indoor slippers.

Another key element of these screens is that, unlike doors, they do not block the natural light and views of nature. Replacing a large expanse of wall with a glass-panelled sliding door could be a great way to incorporate this style into your own home.

Heavy draperies are also a big no, no. All they do is block this natural light. Try keeping your windows clear of any obstruction, but if this is not possible, then opt for a simple bamboo shade or sheer, gauzy curtain panels.  Natural light — what a bright way to light up your home!

The serene sounds of water bubbling will fill your meditative ears and immediately have a calming effect. Just like plants, elements of water are imperative in the Japanese home.

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2. Walled properties. Privacy from neighboring houses is achieved through walls at the property line. Concrete block is the most common material for the walls, both in cities and villages, but some large houses in Kyoto boast stone walls topped with wood fences.

This wall is topped with wattle and daub.Photo by Hope Anderson

Sliding doors are a common interior design element in Japanese homes. Image Source:Dennis Mayer

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Also, don’t forget to add plenty of green through natural houseplants. Simplicity is key when choosing your color palette. Look outside your windows to see what natural color elements you can incorporate in your home today.

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4. Optimal siting. Japanese houses are sited north-south, with the main rooms facing south, to ensure steady sunlight throughout the day. Views — ideally of mountains or water but more often of a garden — are essential.

Natural light is considered a human right in Japan for homeowners and apartment dwellers alike.

Since Japanese interior design has this tranquil decorating touch perfected, let’s look at 10 ways to add some of this becalming style into your home today. You may want to visit 30 Of The Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs, as well.

All of these small pieces pull your home together into a rich Japanese interior design that speaks to its culture and love of nature.

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