Create a splendid living room following the philosophy of Japanese style. Recreate the atmosphere of the Rising Sun in the living room, studying the arrangement of the furnishings and aiming for a Zen and minimal lifestyle.
Escaping the charm of the Far East seems difficult for some people: once it was said that Africa was sick, today it seems to be Japan that strikes the curiosity of many who travel to the Rising Sun to look for a modern destination but with that exotic flavor dictated by the ancient Zen philosophies, to get inspired and meditate.
Then, once back from the holiday trip, you want to re-propose in your home that series of furnishings that determine the true Japanese style in the apartment.
Let’s try to design a living room that is modern but, at the same time, is strongly influenced by Japanese culture and its millenary history.
Before opening your wallet, starting to wander around shopping malls and ethnic shops specialized in the furnishings that offer this style, let’s consider the focal points of this style that is proving to be inspiring even in modern European cities.
The prevailing philosophy in Japanese homes is based on the search for harmony and lightness, important founding points of the lifestyle known by the term Zen.
The apartment, and therefore its rooms, are designed and studied so that the coexistence and stay inside is marked by the essential, so much so that it can be identified, in some features, similar to the minimalist style.
The presence of large spaces, therefore the easy walkway and not hindered by bulky furniture or whose presence can weigh down the room, allows light to invade the interior spaces.
Hence the success of the sliding doors that allow you to join rooms with a simple gesture, but above all to let light and airflow between the rooms without obstacles
The colors follow this spirit of life, always harmonious and soft: therefore, temptations to exceed with flashy and contrasting chromatic games are banned.
It is the triumph of natural materials, such as wood, especially bamboo, with which practically most of the furniture is made, and rice paper used to cover the doors of the wardrobes, sliding doors, and dividers.
The sofa, main station, is placed against the wall, leaving the passage free as much as possible: the table, just in front, will be useful for lunch or dinner while on the floor you can sit on the cushions without running into obstacles and with large movements.
The tatami, known to be the carpet on which are held the judo and karate, is the typical coating of the surface in Japanese homes.
The tatami is built with a frame of wood or other materials, to then be covered with woven and pressed straw in order to present a certain degree of resistance to body weight.
In fact, when the Japanese eat, according to ancient traditions they sit on large cushions, practically sitting on the ground.
Having different sizes, it becomes an interesting option to create a corner in the living room where you can dedicate yourself to meditation, dialogue, or even simply place a large table on it.
Japanese living room: futon sofas
The sofa is a decisive position in the living room, even more so in Japanese homes where rest and meditation are a fundamental part of domestic life.
For those who love traditions, the sofa has the characteristic wooden structure and a futon mattress, which will then be placed on the floor for the afternoon or night rest, if you have guests.
The futon, let’s remember, is a comfortably roll-up mattress that is beaten in the morning to let it take in air and free it from dust. Then, wrapped like a sleeping bag, it takes up very little space.
Japanese living room: furniture
And ‘ thin the furniture of the traditional Japanese homes. Zen philosophy imprints a lifestyle on minimalism, the search for essentiality, and therefore tinsel and not very functional furniture is not foreseen.
Present the table or low table, depending on the space available in the living room, where you lean on when you eat, in order to have a multipurpose room.
Of rectangular or square shape, made entirely of wood, has accentuated edges while the colors remain on the classic brown wood or, in the version most modern, black.
Japanese living room: separe
The booths deserve a separate chapter, a true icon in the furnishing of the Japanese house.
Used to divide rooms in a discreet way, or to create a corner within an environment, as is the case in the bedroom, they are made of rice paper, preferably or in any case so that the structure is as light as possible.
They must in fact be able to be moved easily and represent an interesting decorative element.
Images of landscapes, volcanoes, country towns rather than gardens are often drawn on the doors when you want to embellish in a meaningful way.
The booth typically has a height of about 180 cm and have at least 3/4 ante.
The role of lighting is played by the large windows of the houses, which is why the sliding walls allow light to enter all the different rooms.
The charm of the ceiling chandeliers is instead unique, with luminaires with a simple shape, in the square, rectangular or spherical, regular dimensions.
There are no ornaments or designs on the lampshades while the colors offer dull and monotonous shades, mostly white, beige, or gray.
Glass, wood, and rice paper are the materials used while there are chandeliers with the structure in linen canvas, a material of great durability, and of the highest quality.