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Tips for creating a Japanese Style Bedroom

At the Natural Bed Company we love the pared down simplicity of Japanese inspired interior design. This love of the Japanese harmonious, minimalist style has inspired our Kyoto, Kumo and Kobe bed collection. While our Oregon, Nevada and Kulu low 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?

Japanese style bedrooms generally incorporate a very low bed in a simple platform design, often without a headboard. The Kyoto bed is an oriental style, solid wood low bed (shown below in solid oak) 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.

The colour palette associated with this look is either very natural and neutral, or dramatic with splashes of black or crimson. The Kumo bed, shown above in solid pine with dark chocolate brown lacquered finish, is complemented with very simple bedding in beige and chocolate. The ultra low bed called Kobe is shown above in sanded pine with pale taupe, ivory and grey bedding. Both these looks are calm, utilising neutral tones to maximise the sense of restfulness.

The Oregon low platform bed (see below) in solid maple with matching bedside tables achieves a more dramatic 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. You may wish to add a simple futon mattress to add authenticity and complete the look.

Remember minimalist 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. 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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