Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
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.
- Light fixtures
- Japanese calligraphy
- 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 veryidea 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 bathroom. Japanese 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 woodenbathtub (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
A 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.
When we invoke Japan, different patterns and objects come to mind:
- Cherry blossom branches;
- Japanese calligraphy in ink;
- Bonzaï trees;
- Immacutely organized flowery gardens;
- 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!
For more ideas on different bathroom designs, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:
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- How to choose your Zen bathroom: the ultimate relaxation
- How to design a beautiful bathroom?
- How to choose your interior floor tiles?
- How to choose your bathroom lighting?
- How to choose your bathroom ventilation?
- How to choose your bathtub?
- How to choose your bathroom accessories?
- How to choose your bathroom units?
- How to furnish your bathroom?
- How to choose your kitchen and bathroom paint?
- How to install floating floors in your bathroom?
- How to choose your bathroom shelves and shower baskets?
- How to choose your bathroom radio and speakers?
Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 97 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.