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Japanese Themed Bedroom Ideas

Updated on April 7, 2015
Medford 7 Piece Comforter Set
Medford 7 Piece Comforter Set

The bedroom should be our private sanctuary. The one room in the home, besides the bathroom, where we can just relax our mind, body and soul. That is why I have always loved the Japanese style of decorating. It is simple, yet refreshing. Almost like a relaxing day at the spa. But the style can also be very modern and quite elegant. Create the Japanese Bedroom Theme of your choice with the help of some great furniture, decor, accessories and tips.

Asian Inspired Platform Bed

Platform beds can be seen in many modern homes today. Lucky for us, the platform bed is also very popular in Japan. I guess it has to do with the bed being so closed to the ground. Did you know that some Japanese sleep on a futon and not on a bed? But not the futon that you are familiar with that looks like a sofa. No, this futon is sort of like a flat mattress with a fabric material. I guess by sleeping close to the ground, it equals stability. I think futons are pretty cool and I wouldn't mind sleeping on one.

Nightstand Floor Lamp

Adding a Japanese style floor lamp or two in the bedroom will create an oriental feel. Or you can always decorate with something that resemble this style of lamp. This nightstand is a great example. Also, notice the shape of the nightstand and how similar it is to those use in many oriental bedrooms. Japanese furniture is usually square and not round. But guess what makes this nightstand extra unique? Notice the little cord. Yes, it is also a lamp!

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms go by "Sakura" in Japan. They are normally pink in color but are mostly seen in red in Asian decor. Have you ever seen a cherry blossom tree before? I have but only in photos and decor. I am in love with them! Cherry blossom flowers look so beautiful hanging from their trees. I always imagined heaven to have lots and lots of cherry blossom trees.

Redbud Blossom Duvet Cover Set
Redbud Blossom Duvet Cover Set | Source

Round Paper Lanterns

In Japan, lighted paper lanterns are believed to help guide spirits to their ancestral home. Paper lanterns were used to adorn the streets during festivals and ceremonies.

Hanging paper lanterns is an inexpensive way to illuminate a Japanese Themed Bedroom. Not only do they add color to a room, they add pattern as well. I would hang two round paper lanterns above the bed.

Japanese Throw Pillow

I really love this throw pillow. The girl looks like a beautiful Geisha. I would pair this throw pillow with a solid colored sheet set. The pink on the pillow can represent the pink cherry blossom trees in Japan. I would place a large painting of a pink cherry blossom tree (branches) on the wall above the bed when using this pillow. Pillow available at Bedroom Duvet Spot.

Onitiva Oriental Love Large Decorative Pillow
Onitiva Oriental Love Large Decorative Pillow

Geisha Bedding

Geisha Garden Colorful Asian Tattoo Comforter, Full/Queen Size
Geisha Garden Colorful Asian Tattoo Comforter, Full/Queen Size

Look closely and you will see images of women, fish and even peacocks. I love the pretty colors.

 

Noren Curtains

Noren curtains are a great way to decorate a room. It is a traditional Japanese fabric that is divided into two long sections. They can be hung in doorways, on windows and even walls. Many people also use them to separate rooms. I would use a Noren Curtain for a closet that does not have a door or create a private area in the bedroom.

Another great option for your windows would be Shoji or bamboo blinds.

Made in Japan Noren Curtain Tapestry Japanese Black Cats
Made in Japan Noren Curtain Tapestry Japanese Black Cats

Black cats have always had a bad rep. I was always told to never cross a black cat because it would give me bad luck, especially on Friday the 13th. But in Japan, black cats are actually considered to be lucky. That is great news! Do you consider black cats bad luck or lucky?

 
Oriental Furniture 6 ft. Tall Asian Beauty Bambooo Room Divider
Oriental Furniture 6 ft. Tall Asian Beauty Bambooo Room Divider

Bamboo trees have been known to bend but not break during the most violent storms. That is why in Japan, the bamboo tree represents strength, flexibility and endurance. It is a great idea to incorporate bamboo into a Japanese themed bedroom because of its spiritual significance and popularity in Japan.

 

Room Dividers

Japanese room dividers are also known as shoji screens or folding screens. The Japanese used these screens as an exquisite backdrop for a concert or dance. These folding screens were also used as privacy screens for tea ceremonies and Buddhist religious rituals.

Shoji screens have become very popular in modern homes today. Their uses are unlimited:

  • Place a shoji screen in a corner and create an office area.
  • Use one as a head board.
  • Don't have enough storage space in your closet? Create one using a shoji screen.
  • Use as a private dressing area.
  • Place against a boring wall to add interest.

Japanese Style Bedding Sets

Atlantis Ivory 8-Piece Comforter Set
Atlantis Ivory 8-Piece Comforter Set | Source
Full Queen silk tan 3 piece Duvet Cover Set, coverlet comforter 88"x92", 2 Pillows 20"x26". Asian inspired fashionable decorative design featuring red butterflies and fans graphic
Full Queen silk tan 3 piece Duvet Cover Set, coverlet comforter 88"x92", 2 Pillows 20"x26". Asian inspired fashionable decorative design featuring red butterflies and fans graphic

This 3-piece duvet set features some elegant Asian writing, butterflies and hand fans. Folding fans can be incorporated in a Japanese-themed bedroom. Japanese writing wall decals and/or art make another great decor option.

 

The Tatami Mat

No, this is not a yoga mat! It is a tatami mat. It was traditionally used to cover floors. Usually made out of woven rush grass or rice straw, tatami mats have been around for a very long time. They used to be very expensive and were used only by the emperors, nobles and religious leaders of Japan. Covering an entire room floor with tatami mats would be great. But you can purchase just 3 or 4 mats and place them around the bed and still get that traditional feel. You can even use one as an area rug.

How would you use a tatami mat?

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      pamela-stone-5458 3 years ago

      The cherry blossom bed set is perfect for my daughter's Japanese-themed room. we used the cherr blossom theme throughout the room.

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      pamela-stone-5458 3 years ago

      My daughter's closet has folding doors, so we painted it to look like a folding screen. We painted the door panels white, painted stylized cherry tree branches with red/pink cherry blossoms onehtem, edged the outside of each panel with thin wood trim painted black, and hung them back up. The result was surprisingly awesome. The ceiling is vaulted and sloped, so to fill the really high spaces, we hung white icicle Christmas lights iand then took different colored paper/bamboo umbrellas with cherry blossom and bird designs and hung the handles from the corners so the upside-down umbrellas were light from behind. One wall is covered with ugly paneling, so we stretched white indoor/outdoor fabric across it really tight and added black wood trim on top to make it look like a shoji screen wall. Then we made large black Japanese symbols for things like love, peace, harmony, etc. and attached them to some of the white squares.

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      June Parker 3 years ago from New York

      I love these Japanese selections! My favorite is the Portland Burgundy Set and the Brown Duvet Cover Set feature right below the Burgundy set. very nice.

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      kathysart 3 years ago

      Ohhh my gosh.. I cannot believe it.. yet another thing I LOVE. I decorate in Asian, love Chucky and want to go to Paris! MARRY ME.. oh wait.. I AM married.. tee hee

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      Melissa 4 years ago from Florida

      These are really nice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cherry blossom stuff rocks

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      askformore lm 5 years ago

      I like the Japanese Design Platform Bed

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      These look great!

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      barberrela 5 years ago

      I like the japanese wall fans.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Panda Bedding is really something. Perfect for the kids.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like the cherry blossom beddings.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Really cool stuff here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Who wouldn't fall in love with the Panda Duvet Cover Set!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      our master bedroom has oriental theme. these furniture and fixtures will fit there. nice job.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely japanese theme. the cherry blossom is amazing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful Japanese decor! I love that Panda bedding!

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Japanese styles have always been elegant and these bedroom themes and decors are no exception. They have a way of soothing our minds and putting us in a zen mood.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I always love Japanese culture and I love their when I visited here.

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      HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Great article, I really like the Panda duvet set.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I love the elegant simplicity of Japanese design - when I eventually redecorate my room, this is definitely the look I'll be aiming for. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      loiuseanne 5 years ago

      Wonderful! I feel like sleeping now! :)) but seriously, these are great ways of decorating our bed, after all, just like what you said it is our sanctuary. This is the only place that can provide us with the most comfortable feeling. I'm thinking or re-inventing my room now :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have always loved paper lanterns - there is something very special about them, especially for such an economical item. I also like your Shoji blind selection. Thank you for some great ideas that now have me thinking.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love it, thanks for sharing, I'm even thinking of purchasing :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have never considered to decorate my room in this style .. but it actualy looks realy interesting :) good work ;)

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      JustGreatAdvice 5 years ago

      Japanese design is perfect for the bedroom in my opinion. I love all these great ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh Wow, this is an Awesome Lens! I really like these decor options! :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      the Japanese cabinets would add a beautiful touch to any bedroom.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Nothing says Japanese like bamboo and cherry blossoms. Beautiful bedding!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      The best bedroom I ever designed and decorated was very Zen. Love Japanese decor. Some lovely selections here. Thanks!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I've been drawing Asian motifs this winter - cherry blossoms, carp kites, fans - great memories from my business trips to Japan in a former life/career. Lovely decorating ideas and I agree Japanese bedroom furnishings are soothing.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I decorate in Asian except for the art on my walls, which is mine, so I really LOVE this lens. I need to get another Tatami mat.. thanks for the reminder~!! Blessed lens.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I really like your ideas. I don't know much about designing but I love the clean, beautiful look of these Japanese bedrooms.