How To Create A Zen Oasis In Your Home With Japanese Design

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If you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed by your lifestyle, then Japanese design might help. The country is famous for having the longest-lived population of any major country in the world, despite the average working person spending an appallingly long amount of time sitting at their desk every week. And that’s why the people who live there have paid so much time and attention to figuring out how to build the perfect living environment. 

If you also feel stressed out after a busy day, then this post could help. We take a look at some of the ways you can create a zen oasis in your home and feel at peace with your life and situation. 

But just before we start, a word on Japanese design. What is it exactly? 

Essentially, it’s all about simplicity and harmony. Japanese designers attempt to evoke natural beauty, helping people feel more at home in the country’s large cities. Interior environments assist with feelings of well-being and mindfulness, allowing people to take their minds off the world. 

So, without further ado, how can you create a zen oasis in your home? Let’s take a look at your options. 


The first step is to declutter your space and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there. Many people live in messy environments which disturb them mentally and make it hard to concentrate.

By contrast, Japanese design emphasizes and values minimalism, stripping back unnecessary room elements (something it was doing before the movement became popular in the West). You’ll notice that traditional Japanese rooms look sparse, even clutter-free, and, in some cases, incomplete. That’s all a deliberate design choice to provide your unconscious mind with the room it needs to relax. 

Choose Natural Materials And Colors

The next step is to choose natural materials and colors that might fit your Japanese interior theme. Make extra use of cotton, wool, linen, and silk – a material that was only available historically from the Far East. These materials add warmth and colors to spaces, making them feel more inviting. 

You might also want to consider getting an interior barn door with natural knots in the wood. Sliding doors have been popular in Japanese room design for many decades, and continue to be so. 

In terms of colors, you’ll want to stick with gray, beige, white, brown, and black. Japanese interiors don’t often use highlight colors of any kind as these can make rooms feel excessive. 

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