Japanese bedroom designing is truly unique as it incorporates only those materials which exude warmth and colour. Moreover, they are expected to be small in size and minimalist, even though the home itself may be large in area. If you want to make your private space into a comfortable Japanese-styled bedroom, here are some ideas to get you on the way.

Neutral Walls

Since calmness is the focal point of Japanese bedroom decor, you will not find any striking wallpaper or garish paints on them. Instead, the walls should be done in earthy neutral shades such as beige or light grey and adorned with minimum Japanese-inspired murals like bamboo branches or a bonsai motive.


Footwear of any kind is considered taboo inside any Japanese home. To make moving around in bare feet as comfortable as possible the bedrooms are normally covered with Tatami mats. However, these come at a cost and are difficult to find, so a better exchange option can be soft carpets.


The two golden rules to follow when installing a bed in a Japanese bedroom are location and height. First of all the bed should never be located in a corner as is the won’t in Western culture. Secondly, the bed should be as close to the floor as possible or exclude the bed itself with a mattress placed directly on the floor. Remi declutter is the rule, so only the bare necessities like a small nightstand or a low chair should be in the room.

Natural Light

Light, particularly from a natural source, is an essential element of any Japanese bedroom as described in Zen literature. The room should have big windows and be designed in such a way to have enough light even on the darkest days and nights. If natural light is limited, wood-based lamps or paper lanterns can be used to provide adequate lighting.


Japanese bedrooms should have sliding doors. Since light is a must in the design the sliding doors or screens should be made of such a material which do not block out the light from outside. They should be translucent and preferably be of paper (Shoji screens) or lace fabric which allows light to pass through them.

Folding Screens

To allow partition and privacy in the bedroom, folding screens are a staple in most homes in Japan. Since the bedrooms have limited space, if people want to incorporate a sitting area in them then folding screens are the best way to separate the sleeping areas from the rest of the room. They also serve the purpose of hiding any clothes hangers or furniture in an aesthetic way.

Balance the colours and texture

This is, without doubt, the most vital part of Japanese bedroom decoration. No matter how elaborate or minimal your bedroom is, it should have a well-balanced mix of fabrics, textures and colours. It should not stand out boldly but instead should instill a feeling of balance as the teachings of Zen have emphasized.