Japanese House Design: Beauty and Simplicity

Japanese house design is unique. It symbolizes beauty and simplicity and it is strongly influenced by the culture and history of Japan. Japanese houses are completely different from the western houses, which are full of furniture and decorative items. There are two styles of houses in japan, modern and traditional.

The traditional Japanese house is usually made of wood so it is expected to remain about twenty years without being repaired. Traditional Japanese houses have an organic and natural feeling which is difficult to be found in other types of houses. It should be noted that the rooms of the traditional Japanese house do not have a specified use; one room can easily be turned into a living room, a bedroom or a dining room by using the fusuma (a kind of sliding doors which made of wood and thick papers called washi) as these doors can be removed if there is a need of a larger space.

Windows of traditional houses are made of wood and shoji paper (thin papers) to allow the light shine to enter. The kitchen of the traditional house often contains a very small oven, electric refrigerator and boiler. For heating in winter, Japanese use the kotatsu, which is a low table with heating element on the bottom and set around it.

Interior design of the Japanese houses is remarkable with simplicity, beauty and cleanness. It is deeply based on traditions and culture of Japan. Japanese interior design takes a good care of space, light, and considers the yin and yang concept. Tones of colors of earth, rocks and wood are a feature of the Japanese interior design. The most used colors are off-white, white, gray, brown and beige.

The Japanese interior design depends on soft lighting and the natural light if available. A Japanese garden is considered as a must in any Japanese house; it may be placed in pots through the house.  It reflects the beauty of earth colors. Also it is notable that the Japanese furniture is not very heavy. The Japanese dining room consists of low table with cushions as seats. Screen doors, which are framed with bamboo and decorated with rice paper, are used in the Japanese decor.