Going Zen with Japanese Bedroom Furniture

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Nowadays, interior decorators try to out-do one another by coming up with thematic ideas for the houses and buildings they decorate. A small house in the suburbs can transform from drab to a quaint house on the prairie with the right furniture, colors, and accent pieces. Indeed, nothing is impossible with these interior decorators.

Nevertheless, even someone without formal training can decorate his or her house superbly. All it takes is the right mixing and matching of furniture pieces. Let’s say for instance that you want your house to have a Japanese feel to it.

Sleek, minimalist, earth colors, accents of astonishing colors, and the sound of water silently gushing in the background in an Oriental Zen theme – all these typically describes what a house with a Japanese-inspired interior looks like. Many people are partial with this theme because Japanese Zen normally denotes peace, tranquility, and simplicity. The understated beauty of a room with Japanese interiors underscores the truthfulness of the saying, “Less is more.” The trend goes with the consequential rise in demand for Japanese bedroom furniture and accessories.

Japanese Bedroom Furniture

To breathe Japanese ambiance in the bedroom, it will take some Japanese bedroom furniture to make it authentic. Fortunately, it isn’t that hard to look for platform beds that mimic Japanese beds anymore because of the demand for modern designs that like Zen also exhibit “less is more” concept, which was already mentioned previously. While Japanese beds were originally floor-bound with Tatami straw mats, use of very low platform beds is highly favored these days. Platform beds retain the same appeal found in traditional Zen beds – simplicity and functionality – while the aesthetic allure has been enhanced. Moreover, platform beds rarely wobble. However, any wobbling furniture that can dampen the mood you’re trying to create for your bedroom may be remedied with a wobble wedge so it shouldn’t pose any problem. Using solid, austere colors for the beddings with a hint of color as accents complete the ensemble.

If you are really aiming for authenticity, there is no other better decorative Japanese bedroom furniture but Shoji screen. If you can afford it, opt for Shoji screens, which are made up of kiln dry hardwood or match sticks and opaque rice paper. These may come plain or printed with Japanese symbols like Cherry tree, Kanji scripts, or tall cranes. As far as other furniture like oshiire (closets), drawers, and nightstands go, these can follow the Shoji theme. These may also take other designs and construction that still follow the Zen influence, easy on the eye and in harmony with the rest of the Japanese bedroom furniture and nature.

If there is too much black and/or brown, which are common in Japanese interiors, wash these off with the neutrality of traditional tatami mats on the floors. A typical tatami room needs a scroll (kakejiku) and a flower arrangement (ikebana) in the alcove (tokonama). Some colorful pottery, wall art, lamps, and pillows can splash color throughout the room. Red is a familiar color in Japanese theme but deviation is alright so long as it can achieve the same effect of breaking the monotony and inspiring interest.

Finally, seal that tatami room of Japanese bedroom furniture with a sliding paper door or fusuma.

Author: Marian Rivers is a writer from Tallahassee. Her passions include photography, arts, and home improvement.

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