At the Natural Bed Company we love the pared down simplicity of Japanese interior design. This love of the harmonious, minimalist style has inspired our Kyoto collection. We are long-time fans of low beds, and our Oregon, Nevada and Sonora beds also suit this style.

With this in mind we thought we’d share a few ideas on creating a Japanese style bedroom at home. After all what could be better to aid a relaxing, restful night than a calm, zen environment?

Low Beds

Japanese style bedrooms generally incorporate a very low bed in a simple platform design, often without a headboard. The Kyoto bed is our most popular oriental-style bed. As with all our designs, it is made in solid wood – shown below in solid oak, and available with or without a headboard.

The legs are set back which gives the impression from the front that it floats above the ground. Add some simple bedding and low storage units for an eastern look. We also make our own tables to match the Kyoto, and these also compliment other beds such as the Kumo and Kobe from the same range. The Kyoto tables are available with a shelf or drawer option.

Colour Scheme

The colour palette associated with this look is either natural and neutral as above, or dramatic. Think splashes of black or crimson against ivory and white. The Kulu bed, shown below (first and third images) in solid Ash, is complemented with very simple bedding in beige and a splash of red. Set against a dark background wall, matched with dark pillowcases. The Black Oak Kulu bed shown below has a dramatic black oak headboard dressed with simple bedding in pale grey and dark blue.

The ultra low bed, Kobe is shown below (right) in sanded pine with pale taupe, ivory and grey bedding. In contrast, this look offers a harmonious, calming tone to the feel of the room. Both the Kobe and Kulu looks incorporate Japanese sensibilities, and allow you to bring your own flair to tradition.

The Oregon

The Oregon platform bed is pictured below in solid maple. Complimented by matching Oregon tables, this achieves a more modern, almost geometric, oriental look. The bold black bedding and emphasis on symmetry create a graphic, Japanese style. Add some Tatami mats and Japanese style screens (Shoji screens are the traditional rice paper screens that can be used to separate areas of a room) to complete the look.

If you are really bold, you could paint the wall behind the bed in black or deep red, and add some simple paper lampshades to contrast with the backdrop. We recommend a thinner mattress is best to suit these beds and complete the look. Most of these are part of our foam mattress range.

Remember, for this style, minimalism is the key. Choose a few simple designs, keep clutter to a minimum and keep your bedding simple in both style and range of colours. Finally, if you would like to see some images of great Japanese style rooms – please take a look at our pinterest board.

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