Peace and harmony. Those are the feelings you get in a Japanese kitchen

Every home needs that feeling. When the kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas in the home, it should be the place where peace and harmony are in abundance. Japanese kitchen design is all about balance, purity, and cleanliness, and with so many kitchens becoming a place full of clutter, mess, and stress, it’s perfect for any home.

Just like the very nature of its design, this style is so easy to implement it into your home. Read on for the keys to Japanese kitchen design.

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The Japanese appreciate simplicity, modesty and saving money. In short, this is what the belief of Wabi-Sabi is about. Your kitchen doesn’t have to turn bland and boring, however. The Japanese kitchen design boasts a minimalist beauty that is practical and beautiful. Keep your kitchen simple with minimalist décor and simple colours. Use simple lighting fixtures, such as globes or wooden shades. Dining tables and chairs should be monotone, simply comfortable and should not take up too much space. Avoid putting unnecessary décor and items on your counter tops, and store away anything that is not used every day.

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Shoji screens are traditional Japanese sliding doors, which are used to save space against traditional, hinged doors. They’re usually used throughout a traditional Japanese home to allow natural light to roam through each room. They are lightweight, airy and inexpensive to install, and are made of wood and translucent paper. If you can’t get hold of Shoji screens easily, use wooden sliding doors, with some translucent glass panelling, which will incapsulate the same element of bringing in light and saving space. If you don’t want to commit to changing your doors, add panels or blinds to your windows to create a Shoji-inspired window covering.

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The principle of Shibui is about minimalism and modesty. Your Japanese kitchen should have a small range of colours, few details and a lot of organisation. Go for simple cabinetry, which can easily store everything you need it to. In terms of shapes, go for clean lines and minimalism. Use the same rule in your plates and cutlery, going for simple white plates and steel knives and forks.

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A natural touch promotes health and vitality, and the minimalist quality of the Japanese kitchen means that it brings you closer to nature. Use earthy tones and neutral colours in your kitchen design, such as beige or stone. For flooring, use wood, ceramic or stone instead of vinyl or laminate. Porcelain counters provide that cool atmosphere that Japanese kitchens encapsulate. Avoid very colours in your décor, and use white as a complementary colour instead. If you can’t love without a pop of colour, add a hint that stands out, such as a touch of deep red or dark green. Resonate the closeness to nature in your décor, by spotting the space with some green, leafy plants. They provide a deep colour and a soothing atmosphere.

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Kanso is about only keeping what is really necessary and getting rid of non-essentials. In order to really incorporate this into your kitchen, you need to clear it of all clutter and rubbish. A lot of kitchen storage space is not used to its potential, so for a Japanese kitchen, make sure you use all of the storage. Organise your items so that they fit in cabinets and drawers, and make sure no mess is visible. Stow away the rubbish bin and cleaning equipment, and try to keep your sink and counters clear. Liberate your kitchen from intricate designs, small details and extravagant presentations, by only choosing décor that really fits and is absolutely necessary.