The world has, for many years, been deeply fascinated with Japanese interiors. Its simple lines and muted colors carry the essentials of Japanese culture – tranquility, harmony, and balance with nature. The Japanese interiors offers a private sanctuary hidden from the chaos and hectic pace of the outside world. A few quality pieces of furniture are desirable in Japanese interiors, as a minimalist look is preferred. The straight-lined, unembellished type of sofa bed called the futon is popular in North America and other countries, but it originated in Japan. In Japan, the futon is lower in height and often covered in quilted rather that printed fabric. One pillow or a simple silk throw may be added rather than many pillows. The overall feeling of Japanese interiors is spacious and serene.
Accent pieces are kept to a minimum. A tall, striking flower arrangement called an ikebana is a classic Japanese accent for a room. A large lacquered box and dishware arranged on a table top are sometimes the only other decorative accessories in a room. Plain neutral colored tea sets placed on small tables are used frequently as functional accent pieces in Japanese interiors. Stone wall sections as well as pebbles and stones displayed as decorative accents are popular touches in Japanese interiors.