30+ Japanese Bedroom Ideas (with Photos)

Japanese Bedroom Ideas

Japan has some of the most unique bedrooms you will ever see. These bedrooms consist of loft beds and full-sized rooms and have so many incorporated designs. These designs themselves make their bedrooms truly unique.

If you’ve been having thoughts of designing your Japanese bedroom, we have you covered with many different ideas. By the end of this post, you may have found everything you needed to start designing your bedroom.

How To Design A Japanese Bedroom

Here are some tips to get you started with designing your Japanese bedroom.

1. Use specific furniture: Once you have decided you want to design a Japanese bedroom, try not to focus on how you previously designed bedrooms. The Japanese culture favors a specific type of furniture that is close to the floor. This furniture is normally positioned in the center of the room. This means that you’ll want your bed to be low or even a mattress that is directly on the floor.

One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that any other piece other than what is needed will make your bedroom look cluttered. The great thing about Japanese bedrooms is that you can go big with furniture.

2. Natural light: Japanese bedrooms are mostly designed using their source of natural light. Zen bedrooms especially love to use natural light. This is exactly why most Japanese bedrooms have large windows with curtains open. The reason you’ll want to have as much sunlight as possible is to have your room as welcoming as possible.

If you don’t have large windows to provide enough natural light, you can use artificial light to arrange them in a way that will make every corner illuminated. Zen bedrooms encourage you to install lights even if you don’t need them. Some choices you can use are paper lanterns and wood-based lamps.

3. Tatami floors: One of the most important things you’ll do when designing your Japanese bedroom is to cover your floors. Covering your floors is a part of Japanese culture. You can even use a Tatami mat. If you haven’t heard of Tatami before, it’s a traditional Japanese material that comes from the processing of rice straw. It is soft and very comfortable for bare feet.

4. Fewer accessories: Your Japanese bedroom should have minimal accessories, even if your accessories are right from Japan. A Japanese bedroom style requires you to have a simple bedroom and not overwhelming. Whatever accessories you choose, you should beautifully organize them. Mix in some of your high-quality items with some of your more affordable ones.

5. Shoji screens: Shoji screens are as Japanese as you can get. These are bamboo panels that are used to cover certain sections of a room. People who live in Japan may also use them to cover their windows for more privacy. The real purpose of a Shoji screen is to limit space or to divide rooms into certain areas.

6. Sliding doors: You simply can’t have a Japanese bedroom without a pair of sliding doors. The reason for sliding doors is to create more air and spaciousness. For your ideal choice, you can select a pair of wooden sliding doors with glass or transparent panels.

7. Neutral walls: In Japanese bedrooms, earthy tones are usually dominant. Limit your color scheme to creams, beige, brown, and black. You can throw in some other colors with your accessories. Japanese design is mostly of simplicity. This means you don’t want to overwhelm with colors or wallpapers.

8. A balance of textures: Using a balance of textures is important in achieving a Japanese atmosphere. A balance of textures makes a room look beautiful and relaxed. Textures will always attract more people to implement this into their planning.

Japanese Bedroom Ideas & Accessories

Here are 30 Japanese bedroom ideas and accessories to give you inspiration for your home.

1. Floor Mattress

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Japanese styles are all about keeping their furniture close to the floor. When designing your bedroom, if you’re not using a bedroom, you can consider putting your mattress directly on the floor as shown here. The rest of the bedroom has a wooden design and sheer curtains that let enough natural light into the room.

2. Brown Shades

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When designing your bedroom, you’ll want to keep natural tones. As you can see here, this bedroom uses several shades of brown and keeps the same color scheme. You can add pops of color to your window treatments and pillows. In this bedroom, the curtains and pillows on the accent chair are a shade of teal.

3. Black

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Black is another popular to design your Japanese bedroom. This bedroom has privacy screens that have a black frame, as well as a black blanket and pillows. The walls are painted a shade of red to give the room some brightness since it doesn’t receive much natural light.

4. Sheer Shades

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Japanese bedrooms are all about natural light. This bedroom has sheer pull-down shades that even when pulled down let in some natural light. This allows the Japanese bedroom to keep its natural color in shades. This bedroom uses brown, beige, and earth yellow tones.

5. Textured Ceilings

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If you’re up in the air about using texture in your bedroom, don’t be. Textures are a must-have when creating a Japanese bedroom. This bedroom has a large textured ceiling that is designed in brown shades. It also has a pair of wooden sliding doors with transparent panels that complements the darker tones.

6. Keep It Simple

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When figuring out what furniture you want to include in your bedroom, it is always important to keep it simple. Japanese culture thrives on minimalist designs. This ensures that you will have room to come home to that is both peaceful and relaxing.

7. Bedframe

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When choosing your bed frame, you’ll want to make sure that it is close to the floor. This bed frame is built into a shelving unit behind the headboard. It has a low frame design with a ledge that pops out slightly from the mattress.

8. Bamboo Shades

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Bamboo shades are becoming more popular even in other cultures. Many people use them now even for their farmhouse homes. If you don’t want to go with a simple window shade, you should consider a bamboo shade. You can normally find them in about 5 different shades, although natural looks best for Japanese rooms.

9. Use Bright Colors

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For Japanese bedrooms, it is still fine to use bright colors, as long as they’re not overwhelming. We would suggest incorporating colors through your accessory pieces. In this bedroom, the lighting fixtures and pillows are a shade of purple that provides just enough color.

10. Fabrics

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When designing your bedroom, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of fabrics. This bedroom uses a beautiful green fabric on its bedroom bench and orange and yellow shades on its pillows. When designing a Japanese bedroom, fabrics are an important touch to have.

11. Wooden Material

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This Japanese bedroom is designed with a lot of wooden material. It has hardwood floors, the doors are wood and even the bed frames. Wood is a fantastic material to use if you want to keep your bedroom using natural, earthy tones.

12. Beige

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This Japanese bedroom has beige and brown shades. These shades especially look great against natural light. The bed frame is a low natural wood, and the nightstand to the left matches the rest of the bedroom decor.

13. Natural Walls

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This bedroom has gorgeous natural walls. When trying to think of wall color, it’s important to keep it as natural and light as possible. These cream walls do an amazing job at complementing the rest of the bedroom, especially with the darker hardwood floors.

14. Dark Gray

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One color we haven’t mentioned but is also acceptable to use, are shades of gray. This Japanese bedroom has Tatami floors that provide a comfortable floor to walk on, the mattress sits on the floor, and there is also a paper lantern that sits on the beside for illumination.

15. Storage

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Even though Japanese bedrooms are on the minimalistic side, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of storage. You can consider having a bed frame that has storage drawers underneath. This would be a great way of holding your bed linens and clothing items out of view.

16. Orange & Purple

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Orange and Purple are a very popular color combination that is very popular among Japanese culture. This bedroom has long orange curtains with purple trees on its accent wall.

17. Sliding Doors

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One of the most popular features a Japanese bedroom could have is sliding doors. These sliding doors have a wooden frame with transparent panels. You can also design sliding doors to have glass panels. These particular sliding doors match with the natural hardwood floors.

18. Wooden Table

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If your bedroom is large enough, you can even incorporate a small wooden table for entertainment purposes. This table is great to sit down at to have a cup of tea. For this purpose, it is also important you also include a few floor pillows for comfort.

19. Area Rug

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If you’re using hard floors, you’ll want to make sure you include an area rug. Whether it’s large or small, they’re always a great addition to have. This room has a cream-colored area rug that pairs beautifully with the white textured walls.

20. Desk

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Since rooms are on the minimalistic side, even with a small room you’ll probably have plenty of room to work with. This bedroom only includes a bed and a desk. If you’re the type of person who loves to have a little nook to journal or read, you should consider adding a small desk to your bedroom.

21. Light Fixtures

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If your room doesn’t have much natural light, you can add light fixtures to your Japanese bedroom. This bedroom has light fixtures on each side of the bed. They each hang down at the same length and give enough light for the bedroom area.

22. Panel Blossom

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This Japanese-inspired divide has four rice paper panels in a blossom screen. The frame is made of wood with a black wood veneer finish. This Japanese divider folds flat for easy storage and has hinged sections to accommodate for space.

23. Cherry Blossom Rug

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This Japanese floor rug is made out of high-quality materials. It is soft and comfortable being made out of memory foam microfiber. The best part about this rug is that it’s non-slip and doesn’t skid. Another great thing about this rug is that it’s easy to clean and machine washable.

24. Japanese Table Lamp

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This Japanese light gives off incandescent light and is a minimalistic contemporary design. It has an open-top cloth shade of beige linen that hovers over a small black base of solid wood.

25. Hanging Tapestry

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This Japanese tapestry is perfect for hanging up on your bedroom wall. It has a nice scenery appeal that shows a Japanese Zen garden. You can machine wash or hand wash this tapestry.

26. Japanese Paper Lantern

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These Japanese lanterns will express your unique taste. The cherry blossom pictures are said to bring peace vitality. You can transform your bedroom into a Japanese oasis. These lamps will help beautify the light in your room.

27. Cherry Blossom Curtains

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This Japanese curtain is made from high-quality materials. They are wrinkle-resistant that will give your Japanese bedroom an elegant look and have a silky touch. These curtains allow light to come through without compromising any privacy. If you have any red in your bedroom, these red Japanese curtains are just what you need.

28. Bedside Table Light

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This bedside lamp is a great addition to your Japanese bedroom. You can put this on your bedside table to give your room an oriental style. If you’re wanting to add some decoration, this is a great lamp to take into consideration.

29. Mountain Tapestry

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This mountain tapestry is stunning. It comes with two tapestries that are made out of high-quality cotton and linen. The fabric won’t fade and is comfortable, durable, and soft. The tapestry itself contains, forests, rivers, sun, moon, and stars. The bright colors will give your Japanese bedroom a unique touch.

30. Japanese Lantern Fairy Lights

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These string fairy lights are a great decorative item to add to your Japanese bedroom. These lights give off a nice soft glow, look warm and bright, and will make your bedroom look peaceful. You can wrap these lights around your bed, window, doors, or other frames.

Related Questions

How can I decorate my room in Japanese style?

If you want to decorate your bedroom in Japanese style, you can use textures with natural colors, have a laundry drying corner, spruce up the walls, go bright, create a well-organized closet, and use a lot of artistic decor.

How do you make a traditional Japanese bedroom?

To make a traditional Japanese bedroom, try to select decorative elements like bamboo, rice paper, or wood. You can enhance your bed area or chairs by using silk pillows or other cushions. You can hang silky or artistic curtains on the windows, and even have rice paper lanterns that hang from the ceiling.

What is a Zen bedroom?

Zen bedrooms give you a balance of design and other elements. Zen bedrooms are clutter-free and have very minimal furniture and other accents. When entering a Zen bedroom, you should feel more relaxed rather than overwhelmed.

What should every bedroom have?

Most bedrooms should have a comfortable rug, layered bedding, stylish bed frame, appealing curtains, lighting, and storage.

Why are Japanese beds so low?

For many generations, the Japanese have always slept on the floors rather than in Western-style types of beds. Sleeping on the floor or low to the floor is a part of Japanese culture that has stood even through modern times. This culture has stood in place and will not be changing.

The surface the Japanese people sleep on is called a Tatami mat. Tatami mats are made from rice straw. Another reason why Japanese beds are so low or on the floor is because of space. By sleeping low to the floor, this saves space in their bedrooms.

Wrapping It Up

Bedrooms are the first thing people see when they wake up in the morning and the last they see before they go to sleep. Bedrooms provide us with hours of peace and relaxation so it’s always important we design them to our liking. Bedrooms are the one place where you can be yourself without any judgment.

You must design your bedroom to your particular needs. A Japanese bedroom can provide an artistic style, while also achieving needed comfort levels. Whether you’re designing a traditional or modern style Japanese bedroom, we know it will look simply amazing!

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Nicole Abbott

I'm a stay at home mom of 2 who loves DIY projects! Since childhood I've always enjoyed to design and put personal touches on rooms around my home that fit my personality. When I'm not writing I'm doing DIY projects, as well as homeschooling and caring for my 2 children.

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