Understanding the Elements of Japanese Bathroom Design

Japanese bathroom design can range from simply adding natural elements that promote a harmonious feeling to fully integrating Japanese fixtures.

Use Natural Style Elements

Japanese bathrooms use natural elements extensively. Cabinetry is made of teak or other natural woods. Stone is used for flooring, sink vessels, and tile. Designs should be simple with clean lines. The decoration should not be elaborate, but it should incorporate things like a single plant, river stones, or glass pebbles.

Use Simple Fixtures

Contemporary Japanese design uses soaking tubs constructed from wood or stone. Showers are usually designed with water-saving features, including small heated shower heads. These heat the water as it flows through the shower head instead of using the extra energy to store water in a tank.

Sinks are very simple and often are made of stone in an countertop vessel. Faucets and showers have simple plain finishes with basic designs, including smooth curves in natural brushed nickel or stainless steel.

Use Shelves for Storage

Many modern Japanese bathrooms are in homes with very limited space. As a result, Japanese design has come to use shelves extensively instead of hooks. Basic shelves made from wood, metal, or even glass supply storage for folded towels, robes, and other items.