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02/25/2016 11:59 am ET

5 Design Tricks To Borrow From The Japanese

Clean lines and soothing colors -- what's not to love?

The Japanese are known for sleek, polished and impeccably organized spaces. From the stately architecture of religious temples to the tranquil atmosphere of a traditional tea house, beautiful design inspiration is everywhere.

If you wish to channel Japanese style in your own home, there are a few elements to keep in mind. Below, you'll find 5 of the major qualities that make Japanese spaces so captivating.

  • 1 Earthy Color Scheme
    An earthy color scheme will make your living space instantly more serene. Take a cue from this Japanese tea room and incorporate soothing shades of yellow, red and brown into your home.
  • 2 Greenery Inside
    Not only do plants purify the air indoors, they also set a tranquil mood in any space. Their vibrant color is just the just bold enough that it doesn't overwhelm the eye.
  • 3 Minimalist Serveware
    Opting for minimalist cups, plates and silverware is a surefire way to make your dining area look clean and polished. Plus, your brilliant culinary creations will really stand out.
  • 4 No Clutter
    Eliminating clutter will do wonders for your home and your sanity. Once you tidy up, you'll feel more organized and your space will look more inviting.
  • 5 Wooden Details
    Wood is a material often used in Japanese design. As demonstrated by the above soaking tub, wood adds a natural touch that makes a room look more lived-in without sacrificing sophistication. 
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