Japanese Interior / August 3, 2018 / Amaris Bustos.
Livings rooms in Japan are known as ima, and as shown before, by just moving around the shoji doors, any place can convert into a comfortable living space.
One can move effortlessly to and from the living spaces by walking in the room, which are similar to corridors and whose floors are made from wood or covered by tatami mats.
example of a tatami mat installed on Japanese homes - Living rooms typically feature paintings or bamboo wall scrolls, a chest or storage areas (so that the place can later convert back into a bedroom), a plant- which could be a bonsai tree or any big leafy plant – and a traditional coffee table with zabuton scattered around the room.
I’m sure you’ve read before, less is more in the Japanese culture, so the living rooms should not be too over-crowded with furniture or decorations. Traditional living rooms feature a tokonoma, which is a small alcove in the home dedicated to art.
Here, members of the family can hang paintings, scrolls, and any other pieces of art that they hold dear to them. To create the feel of a spacious living rooms decor with the furnishings centered in the middle, and by contrast, the outer zones of the apartment feature the open space. Like the bedrooms, patterns and shapes of the decorations and furniture should be smooth, thick lines that mirror the inner harmony of the home and its members.
Warm earthy tones are commonly used to also foster an ambiance of natural serenity(similar to feng-shui), and if any color used, it is done so in contrast with the other earth tone colors to maintain the balance.