Japanese Themed Bedroom Ideas
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 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.
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.
Look closely and you will see images of women, fish and even peacocks. I love the pretty colors.
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.
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?
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.
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
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?