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Four principles of Japanese design

Between busy meetings, time consuming commuting and the stresses of everyday life it can be hard to relax. Having a clean, happy home to unwind in is essential for feeling calm and composed, and where better to look for inspiration than Japan. With a Zen-inspired approach to interiors, the Japanese are masters at minimalism, adhering to principles that are easy to recreate. Here are our four tips for creating a harmonious atmosphere in every room.

Be adaptable

While you are unlikely to have soft tatami flooring to lay down on during the day, there’s no reason why you must only visit your bed at night. Allow your bedroom to become a den of relaxation during daylight hours, and retreat back to bed with a soft blanket and pot of green tea to recharge.

Keep calm

Throughout the day your eyes are overwhelmed by all kinds of sights and colours, exacerbated for some by staring a computer screen. Create a sense of calm by using neutral tones – white on white is a minimal look that brings respite from sensory overload.

Go natural

Natural, simple materials remain at the core of Japanese style. Wooden pieces remain classic and help balance out heavier furniture made of metal or contrast with other wooden pieces in the home.

Apply discretion

Sliding shoji doors, windows and room dividers are an integral part of traditional Japanese architecture, creating a discreet environment at home in a minimalist way. Strike a similar balance between transparency and privacy using medium-weight curtains. Block colours in neutral tones such as black or grey bring a tranquil finish to each room.

1. Vence Serving Board 2. Cuzco Alpaca Blanket 3. Corcovado Wool Blanket 4. Vence Small Bowl 5. Vence Serving Board 6. Vence Pestle and Mortar 7. Arvika Curtains

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