Kitchen in Japanese style is at the height of fashion today. Japanese style interior is perfect for small spaces. Let us try to make the design of a small kitchen in Japanese style. You will feel as if it began to seem almost twice as much. The inhabitants of the country of the Rising Sun historically lived in tiny houses, and the typical Japanese flat is rarely bigger than 40 square meters. Though, thanks to design tricks, it looks more spacious than it actually is. It is hard to implement this interior in its pure form. Hence, we will show you simple ways to add the Japanese mood to your kitchen design.
Japanese style in the kitchen interior: the basics
The basics of the Japanese interior are natural light, natural materials and minimum of details. The essential points are simplicity and functionality, because the kitchen is simultaneously place for cooking, eating and living environment.
Get rid of disorder and unnecessary things
The kitchen in the Japanese style should have minimum of things. At the same time, the kitchen has everything you need, including the most modern equipment. It is just hidden from prying eyes in roomy cupboards with opaque doors. The Japanese adhere to the principle: if you want to have something, you must have a place to store it. If Japanese cannot find the place for a new thing, he perceives it as a sign that this thing is unnecessary. Nothing makes tiny kitchen look even smaller, than a host of different utensils, cookware and accessories that threaten to take over the space completely.
“Expanding” the space
Perfect order and absence of superfluous things is the best way to make the space more spacious and open. The walls can be visually widen with help of mirrors and right lighting. Do not forget the main rule for Japanese kitchen — add the natural lighting and soft diffused light in each functional area as much as possible. If you have a studio-flat, traditional Japanese screen allows you to zone the room and change the space depending on your desire and mood. For example, to separate the kitchen from living room. In addition, if the screen is made of rice paper, it will transmit the light, without compromising sense of privacy.
Select the right furniture
Have you ever been in a traditional Japanese restaurant? Surely, you noticed low tables and pillows on the floor, replacing the chairs. It is a great way to save space. However, if in you are not ready to go so far in Japanese style, you may find a worthy replacement to the traditional Japanese furniture. It is important that all the furniture is compact and unobtrusive. You should avoid heavy massive furniture made of very dark wood as it visually piles the room and occupies all the free space.
You would better give the preference to modular kitchen furniture made of light brown or beige wood and bright textiles. It is important, that it creates feeling of solidity and stability. Moreover, unpainted wood is used in traditional Japanese interior, as it accentuates the beauty of its natural textures. Artificial materials like plastic are taboos for kitchen in Japanese style. The Japanese use only natural materials for furniture and décor: wood, straw, jute, sisal, bamboo, clay, glass, rice paper, silk and linen fabrics.
Japanese kitchen interior. Let’s choose a color
This interior is characterized by the most natural colors: brown, camel, beige, white, cream, and pearl. Various shades of red and green act as accents for the kitchen in Japanese style. It is very important to avoid too bright colors.
Lighting in Japanese kitchen
Interior in Japanese style requires maximum of natural light. As for artificial lighting, you would better give the preference to lamps with spherical or rectangular lampshades that give soft, diffused and gentle light. It is perfect, if the lampshade is made from wood and rice paper.
Décor of the kitchen in Japanese style
Use concise and expressive decor. Kitchen in Japanese style is traditionally decorated with engravings, calligraphy scrolls with wise sayings, ikebana, porcelain and figurines of gods. The kitchen design will fit well with traditional ceramics and green plants like the real exotic bonsai tree or any healthy plants in pots. Niche in the wall may serve as good addition to the interior. It can be decorated with empty vase, flowers, statuette flow or ikebana.