Who does not love to live in interiors designed elegantly? A well-furnished house is something which one loves to dwell in. It gives a cozy feel not just to those who live in it, but also to those who come or visit it. Japanese, have always been known for leading their lifestyle in a unique way. Their living standards have attracted many interior designers to adopt many of their interior decoration and furnishing ideas.
It said that a human being is a product of the environment. Very true indeed, and after a long tiring day when you come back home, to relax and unwind oneself, a cozy environment is all that one expects. That’s exactly what you find when you enter a home which has been designed on the basis of contemporary Japanese interior design ideas. The interiors used for a place needs to go with the use to which it is being out into. For, e.g. if it is a bedroom, the same should be designed with soothing colors. On the other hand a discotheque should have bright colors, interchanging the same would be absurd!
Japanese have always been keen in keeping to a particular lifestyle irrespective of the varied changes which the world has seen in interiors and furnishings. Japanese interior designs are based upon the simplistic concepts which are relaxing and soothing to an individual’s mind and body. They generally base their interior designs ideas on the concept of ‘ma’ which implies the distance or the space lying between the two objects which forms the essential criteria of ancient as well as contemporary Japanese interior design.
The concept of ‘Ma’ is defined as the realization which communicates a kind of sensation upon the person who enters the room. This is quite simple to learn and implement. Say for example if you need to place a sofa or a bed in a room, you would need to focus on the space which would surround the item for creating the right ambience. This technique is quite useful in the ‘Zen’ design where one brings together simplicity and know-how fact to face. The interior designers tend to base their designs targeting simplicity and used mostly natural materials like rattan, bamboo and wood in most of the designs. Dark wood is quite a popular usage with the use of wood is high as it generates cleaner lines and better shapes. Moreover the use of furniture is minimized in Japanese interiors.
The ‘Zen-like’ concept that is used in the interiors has become quite popular in the eastern regions of the world with a high demand for modern contemporary Japanese interior. Many countries have also incorporated these Japanese and Zen designs in their lifestyle as well. Defining ancient or modern Japanese is really tough as it encompasses both traditional as well as contemporary aspects. It brings together varied kinds of styles as well as designs which are really tough to define but there are few basic principles on which these interiors are based like:
- There is a great importance given to privacy hence all the interiors are designed incorporating the same, whether in home or offices, like using paper screen ( known as shoji) which not only allows light to enter but also gives privacy to the person.
- Whether ancient or modern Japanese, there is a great importance given to simplicity as well as space. Things are never cluttered around.
- The resources available are used efficiently where the rooms made are multi-functional in nature utilizing space to the maximum. Like using folding beds, walls with shoji screens (which can be folded to join the rooms in day), etc
- Traditionalist features still remains in all kinds of modern Japanese interior design like the use of Fusama (Sliding panels made of wood, cloth or paper), Shoji (wooden frame screen with translucent panes of paper), Tatami (Rice straw floors), Tokonoma (a kind of alcove used mainly in living rooms), etc.
- There is a great preference given to usage of natural materials like wood, bamboo, silk, rice straw, paper, etc.
- Usage of passive colors and diffused light is another important aspect in modern Japanese interior design.