Flooring for a Japanese Design Inspired Home

Have you fallen in love with Japanese design? What type of flooring should you consider as you create your home’s décor in this style? Although bamboo may seem like the obvious choice, you actually have many more options available to you!

About Japanese Design

Japanese design incorporates a few key elements:

  • Elements of nature: wood elements, simple greenery and water features
  • Minimalist principles (clean, simple and clutter-free)
  • Wood and bamboo throughout the home
  • Low-to-the-ground furniture
  • Clean, simple lines
  • Natural lighting
  • Open space

Flooring Inspired by Japanese Design

With the above elements in mind, how do you approach your flooring? Here are a few tips:

  1. Consider a variety of hardwood floors. Bamboo is a fantastic flooring choice, but it’s not the only one that fits with Japanese design. Because the style incorporates wood elements, many styles and species of hardwood flooring would fit nicely, too. As you consider which flooring to choose, remember to keep simple lines in mind, opt for a natural shade of wood and use a beautiful, high quality finish.
  2. Add an area rug. Because Japanese design features low-to-the-ground furniture, think about ways to make your flooring more comfortable. An area rug with clean, simple lines or in neutral colors with green accents would fit nicely into the overall look and feel of your home.
  3. Be careful with water. Japanese design embraces natural elements, including water. Be careful if you choose to add a water fountain or simple greenery that may drip water on your flooring. Some materials, such as luxury vinyl tile, hold up to moisture better but can still give you the natural look and feel you love about hardwood floors.

Want more ideas for your Japanese design inspired home? Come visit our showroom and talk to our flooring experts! They’re happy to answer questions, provide advice and show you examples that could be the perfect fit for your family. Make sure you contact us for a free in-home estimate, too!


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