Modern minimalism and zen living:
Simplistic and minimalist living has become increasingly popular in recent years. Our current busy and stressful lifestyles crave a simpler and more natural way of living. It is escapism at it’s finest and the Japanese are all about the peace, harmony and ‘Zen’ in their homes. Their style is clean and uncluttered, balanced and enhanced by natural beauty and timbers.
TIP: Keep your home uncluttered with clean lines and lots of natural light. Timber furniture, flooring or lanterns over benches is in true Japanese style – but remember to keep it simple. You can buy some lanterns that might fit the bill on BHG Shop...
Japan is a heavily populated city, which requires homes to be on a very small scale. Japanese designers need to design homes that are flowing, warm and inviting, yet fit the small layout. Minimalist style is perfect for these small spaces, with clean lines and no place for clutter.
TIP: Design your home with the space in mind. Simple, minimalist design is achieved when clutter is eliminated. You can even think about rugs and comfortable elements, but keep them clean and easy, like these ones on BHG Shop...
With a respect and love for nature, the Japanese like to maintain a strong connection to the outdoors. This is achieved with large, expansive windows that display the entire view. Japanese culture is also known for using wooden elements in their design, whether it is with a wooden screen, lantern or timber wall feature. The Japanese also like to bring the outdoors in by displaying traditional bamboo and bonsai plants around the home. The use of these natural products enhances the calm and ‘Zen’ feeling of their homes.
TIP: Bring your plants indoors and add that little bit of greenery to create an outside oasis in your home. When designing your home, natural lighting with large windows and skylights are key. Sliding doors or screens, timber floors, modern timber furniture will also achieve this look. If you're bringing plants in, go for something clean and simple like a white tulip bulb. You can grab some bulbs to plant now for spring for a steal on BHG Shop!