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6 ways to create a stylish Japanese bedroom

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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What are the first words that comes to mind when you think about Japan? Perhaps it's the cuisine, Geisha girls or their ability to live large in small spaces? Due to the large population density, Japanese architects and designers are at the forefront of space saving and maximising design—you only need to tell them what they have to work with, and you'll get an astounding result, full of ideas you never imagined possible. The other words that come to mind when we think of Japanese culture is their fabulous take on minimalist design and the notion of Zen.

Minimalism and Zen go hand-in-hand to create the perfect Japanese bedroom, and with the help of our professionals, we'll show you five amazing ways to bring the coveted Japanese style into your bedroom. Take a look…

1. Be space savvy

Black linen bedding by Lovely Home Idea:  Bedroom by LOVELY HOME IDEA

Black linen bedding by Lovely Home Idea


This bedroom from Lovely Home Idea shows off just how to mix a monochromatic colour palette, storage, and a small space all together. With the bed taking centre stage, the other details are muted, and subtly merge into the background. As you can see, the dimensions of this room have not dictated a thing; it feels minimalist and modern even with the constraints presented.

2. Bring nature inside

Japanese culture respects nature; so it is only fitting if you have access to a stunning view such as this, to allow it to speak for itself. By keeping the other features subdued, the scenery can take hold. Campbell Watson brings us the Spillo Bed, a stripped back, minimalist bed that can be fit into even the tightest of bedroom spaces. Japanese design favours attention to detail in a different aspect, in this instance, the quality of craftsmanship and material quality is the most important, making this bed a stunning feature in this already beautiful room.

3. Clever partitioning

White Lace room partitions and dividers:  Bedroom by Laser cut Furniture & Screens
Laser cut Furniture & Screens

White Lace room partitions and dividers

Laser cut Furniture & Screens

Whilst the style of pattern may be distinctly English, adding screens to a bedroom is a great way to create added privacy or to split up a large room without sacrificing the available light. It also makes a space feel more elegant and mysterious given that you can only partially see what secrets are held behind. Available as 2 or 3 panels, this screen from Lace Furniture is sure to add that perfect finishing touch to your oriental or Japanese style bedroom, and can fit into a wide range of other decorative styles should you choose to switch it up later on!

4. Keep it simple

It is most important that when recreating a Japanese style bedroom to keep it simple! Let good quality materials and fine craftsmanship be the hero instead of loud and over the top decorations. The Shetland Bed by the Natural Bed Company, exemplifies the simplistic, modern ideals that Japanese design embodies. The bed frame is available in a range of hardwoods including walnut, oak, cherry and maple.

5. Screen it off

We saw a classic take on a screen above to be used as a divider, but now we're looking at a traditional Japanese style screen as a wardrobe door from Shades of Japan. Little would you know from the outside that inside is actually a small work area! This goes to show just how clever and inventive Japanese design is. 

6. Get inspired by the vernacular

Bedroom Furniture:  Bedroom by Orchid

Bedroom Furniture


By looking to the Japanese or oriental vernacular, you can find cues and examples of how you can make the perfect Japanese style bedroom. In this example from Orchid Furniture, we see a high gloss black lacquered bed made from Chinese elm. The style of the bed frame is reminiscent of a whole score of exotic Asian cultures, and can be manipulated to suit whichever part of the Orient you wish to recreate. Perhaps you want to spend time amongst a Ming Dynasty themed room in China, or feel like the Mikado for the day in Japan—either scene can be invented, all you need is a little imagination!

What do you think of the Japanese style? Would you decorate your bedroom in it? Let us know below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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