Zoom On Japanese Houses

We’re talking about a Japanese house, do you think tatami, sliding partitions, Zen and minimalism? You have it all. Because Japanese decor draws its zenitude and taste for simplicity from Buddhism, we take stock of these assets that we admire so much … and that we would like to copy.

The layout of Japanese houses

In traditional Japanese homes, it’s impossible to overlook genkan: this minimalist entryway usually has a shelf to put your shoes on. Since no, you don’t go into a Japanese house with your shoes on, but you can exchange for slippers. An idea to keep for an interior that is always clean.

Once past the genkan, the space is divided by frames of light wood and rice paper, with thick sheets forming opaque panels for bedrooms, fusuma, or thinner to let light into the rooms. life and passage, the shoji. Simple and refined, these panels are available in fixed partitions, movable partitions or sliding doors.

Result? These paper partitions are one of the keys to the brightness specific to Japanese houses, even when all the doors are closed … and in the absence of a shoji, you can always choose openwork shelves or trellises which also let in the light!

The materials of Japanese houses

Much of the zenitude of Japanese homes comes from the ubiquity of natural materials. We told you about wood panels, often bamboo, and their more or less opaque rice paper. There is also no question of forgetting the essential wooden floors, covered with tatami mats in the sleeping rooms.

Their particularity? These woven rice straw rugs in Japan have ultra-precise dimensions, which even serve as a unit of measurement in homes. Soft and firm at the same time, one can walk, sit on or lie on it, and the typical look of tatami mats evolves even over time: green when they are fresh, they turn yellow with age.

Shall we summarize you? For a Japanese-inspired house or a Japanese decor, we focus on nature. Warm shades of wood or straw, white and ecru, not to mention porcelain for the tea service … As for the contemporary version, we add glass, plants, stone and why not a few touches of Grey. In all cases, we limit the mixtures and colors, minimalism obliges!

Furnishings of Japanese houses

It’s hard to be more zen than Japanese interiors, furnished to a minimum, preferably with low furniture with clean lines that do not block the outlook. The dining room table is also located at ground level, the Japanese generally eating seated on colorful cushions placed on the ground, the zabuton. The principle is simple, we eliminate everything that is not essential and we only keep what is needed! As for the utility, it is hidden in cupboards with sliding partitions.

Even beds tend to disappear, since tradition has it that they are futons simply placed on the tatami mats at night, and hidden in a closet the rest of the time … a very useful habit in micro-apartments in modern cities. , although beds have become more frequent. But yes, you can adopt the Japanese style without making a cross on the king-size bed, as long as it is minimalist!

Japanese houses and nature

The Japanese house is traditionally turned outward, with a garden with all Japanese precision. More or less large, it follows the Zen precepts of Buddhism. The result is uncluttered, green exteriors with stones and at least one water point, designed to invite meditation and contemplation.

You might as well say that you can still admire them, unless you have a green thumb and the time to devote to them, you will rather fall back on plan B: large openings allowing you to enjoy the outdoors inside. Since traditionally still, Japanese houses are surrounded by passageways, passageways called engawa, isolated from the interior by sliding panels. With us, we are more bay windows, but the concept remains. And if there is no garden, all that remains is to bring bonsai inside!

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