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Japanese-style bathroom: between purity and cherry blossoms

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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

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A classic interpretation of what has become a passion across the Japanese archipelago, Asian style decor has become exceedingly popular, including for the home's bathroom. Do you feel like having a Japanese-style bathroom? We've got some design and decor tips to obtain your soothing and stylish bathroom.

Important features

  • Light fixtures
  • Japanese calligraphy
  • Ofuru
  • Choice of colors
  • Japanese accessories

Bathroom lighting: dare to go paper shade


Let's focus on the lights. The distinctive paper lamp shade, well known all over the world, is a ball shape. With its discreet frame, it yields a clear, bright light, expressing the very idea that one generally seeks in this Japanese style. For even more originality you can choose an origami paper shade (named after the Japanese art of folding paper).


The origami motif can also be incorporated into other bathroom accessories such as soap holders or vases. Thanks to modern technology, this stylish motif is also ideal for towels, both embroidered or printed, so don't hesitate to use it!

Japanese panel partition


Often the centerpiece of Japanese-style decor, whether it's in the living room or the bathroomJapanese panels can be used to create a divider within the master bedroom, to separate the sleeping area from the bathroom. It can also be installed as a privacy screen, ideal as a discreet changing room.


Japanese panels can be composed of paper or plastic, and is held up by a solid pine frame. Very practical, it is not susceptible to the bathroom's humidity and are easliy cleaned. If you end up choosing a removable model, it is a decorative jackpot, allowing the user to modify and adapt the bathroom's volume, all the while staying in the Japanese tradition.

Installing an ofuru: a traditional Japanese individual bathtub


While it is true that the Japanese tradition of public baths is still a relevant practice, individual bathtubs for private bathrooms have evolved leaps and bounds since the 70s.


An ofuru is a large oval or rounded wooden bathtub (most commonly Japanese cypress and pink cedar) that allows a persom to immerse themselves up to the neck. With colors ranging from light brown to camel, this Japanese bathtub makes you immediately think of the old-time barrel with the classic metal straps. In current times, plastic versions of this bathtub are widely available, for they are much easier to maintain.


Did you know ? Traditionally, a Japanese bath water's temperature is between 36 and 40 ° C.

Decorative accessories for a Japanese bathroom




Choosing your colors

Japanese-style bathroom decor is characterized by the use of a limited number of colors. In general, the following associations are most common:

  • Burgundy and beige;
  • Black and white;
  • White and bamboo hue;
  • White and gray.

It is of course possible to add polychrome materials like pebbles to reflect the wall and the floor's color.





Japanese accessories

When we invoke Japan, different patterns and objects come to mind:

  • Japanese calligraphy in ink;
  • Pebbles arranged in pyramid (referred to as a cairn or a montjoie), Zen symbols on the wall or the floor.

To succesfully incorporate these different Japanese-style features into your bathroom's decor, you have several options. They can be perched on one or two natural wood frames or be embellishing a wall with a wall sticker. You can also add a painting of a cherry branch or dress the bathtub's panel with pebble tiles.


With its elegance, its discreet decor, and its natural tones, a Japanese-style bathroom will never stop seducing you!

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