How to Decorate a Bedroom With a Japanese Theme

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How to Decorate a Bedroom With a Japanese Theme
Choose low furniture with simple, clean lines to complement your Japanese bedroom theme. (Hotel room with modern look image by TekinT from Fotolia.com)

Decorate your bedroom using a Japanese theme to take advantage of the modern, minimalist look Japanese decor is known for or because you find the Japanese culture and furnishings fascinating or comforting. Either way, a Japanese-themed bedroom should include natural elements that have a calming effect on you and any other occupants who share the room. Your bedroom should be void of any unnecessary furniture or clutter as that takes away from the simple and harmonious Japanese decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Accessories

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the walls in the bedroom in a neutral colour such as white or cream. The neutral tones will provide a backdrop that keeps the room feeling simple and clean.

  2. 2

    Choose low, dark furniture that has dual purposes if possible, such as a platform bed or futon for the bed. A storage chest could double as a bench at the foot of the bed. Dark wood or black lacquer furniture will contrast with the light paint while maintaining the natural and neutral look and feel of the room.

  3. 3

    Place the furniture in a way that makes one piece the main focus of the room and leaves as much open space as possible. For example, use the bed as the focal point by placing it in the centre of the room or free up extra space by placing your dresser inside the closet.

  4. 4

    Introduce texture and interest through bed linens, pillows, rugs and window coverings. Maintain a simple, neutral design in every aspect of the room except one single element. If you want that element to be your bed coverings, use a red, blue or green embroidered silk duvet cover or pillow. Natural materials, such as bamboo, work well as rugs and window coverings.

  5. 5

    Complete the room with accessories that maintain the Japanese theme. Bamboo water fountains, miniature zen gardens, samurai swords, Buddha statues, cherry blossoms or other natural elements can be used in wall paintings, vases or other decorative accessories. Use plants or shoji screens for an authentic Japanese touch.

Tips and warnings

  • Introduce a bright colour in only one single element in the room to draw focus and attention to that object. Repeating a bright colour will detract from its impact.
  • Remove all clutter and excess items from the room. If you must store multiple things or keep work space in the room, hide that area with a rice paper screen.

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