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How to Arrange a Living Room like Japanese

Updated on September 1, 2011

You probably observed very discrete style of interior in traditional Japanese architecture, if you have traveled to or lived in Japan for some time.

Replicating the discrete look in your own home seems a little hard, but creating a Japanese atmosphere can be achieved quite easily. You should know that simple techniques can help to arrange a living room with a touch of the Japan look.


Shoji Can Make a Big Difference

Shoji, a door made with wood and paper, is a significant element of Japanese interior. Although, installing Shoji instantly adds an oriental look to your room, it can be a little costly. Instead, consider using shoji screen, or blinds that are made of wood and paper. These are relatively more affordable than buying a real shoji door kit.

Next Step Is Replacing a Lighting Fixture


Take out your ordinary lamp shades and replace them with something more Japanese-like. You are probably using lamp shades made of metals, plastics, or cloth. Replace them with something made of clay, wood, or washi papers. You are one step closer to setting off Japanese atmosphere.

Get Ideas from Tokonoma Design


So, you have some Japanese home decor and wondering how to arrange them with your living room? Have a quick glance at images of Tokonoma online. Tokonoma is a built-in space in traditional Japanese homes, in which items like calligraphy, potteries, and bonsai trees are displayed. See the choice of items and how each of them is placed. It will help you gather ideas for decorating your own home.

Simplicity Is a Key

The last, but not least tip on arranging a living room like Japanese is to keep it less clatter. The core of Japanese interior is its sophistication. Select the most appropriate Japanese items for your interior in accordance with a season and the atmosphere of a surrounding environment.


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    • Jagodka profile image

      Jagodka 6 years ago

      I've always wanted a Japanese style room. Simplicity is key!

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      Jmarket Staff 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Joe, thanks for your comment!

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      Simplicity is key to a great Japanese styled living space. I've always kept bonsai trees to have a little Japanese in my place.

      Thanks for the hub and information. Voted up and useful