Seeking a new style for your home or office? Do you want less clutter with a touch of Zen? Then consider Japanese styled interior decorating. For centuries, the Japanese have mastered the art of minimalist living space with an emphasis on harmony and balance.

In this three part series, we will guide you through the creation of your own sacred space. Whether you are looking for a few design concepts or wish to create an entire Japanese-style room, the end result will be both calming and rewarding.

In part one of this series, we introduce the basic components of Japanese design, understanding the connection of the minimalist style through the use of natural elements, colors and textures. The second segment will guide you through the selection of traditional and some modern flooring options as well as wall and window treatments to create that personalized Japanese feel. The last segment will explore “low living” furniture styles and placement and the selection of accessories to maximize your space while creating a calming and meditative atmosphere. Let’s get started!

Choosing your colors

The foundation of Japanese design is based on honoring simplicity and nature by using clean lines, natural colors and earthy textures. Based on the principles of Feng Shui, the aesthetic goal is to balance open space with the symmetric placement of furniture and accessories. This allows Chi, or good energy, to flow efficiently throughout the space. The result will provide a calm, serene feeling—ideal for small space living.

The essence of Japanese style begins with selecting a calming and tranquil color palette. Color can enhance the shape and scope of the living space. Painting your room in muted, earthy shades of white, beige, tan, brown and green will lay the foundation for connecting to natural elements. In Japan, green represents rest and freshness and is an ideal color to use in a room.

Next segment—Traditional and Modern Flooring and Wall and Window Treatments

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