Minimalist living involves the ability to declutter your home. But first, let's focus on why this really matters. Japanese design is beloved the world over for its ability to transform your home into a tranquil and inviting space. At its root are seven core elements that are helpful to keep in mind when embarking on your de-cluttering project.
7 Japanese Aesthetic Principles to Inspire You
1. Kanso (Simplicity)
The goal of Spring cleaning is not merely a more attractive house, but the mental clarity that comes with it. The elimination of clutter is a profoundly transformative experience. When approaching your cleaning project, try not to limit your thinking to the work itself, but instead try to focus on the steadily increasing sense of tranquility that your efforts are achieving as you go. Incorporating Zen Modern style into your Springtime redesign plans will help you achieve this effect.
2. Fukinsei (Asymmetry)
One of the most popular motifs in Japanese brush painting is the enso (“Zen Circle”), or incomplete circle. The enso symbolizes the balanced but asymmetrical patterns found in nature, which are fundamentally pleasing to the eye. When arranging design elements in your home, there should be just enough irregularity to create visual interest.
3. Shibui/Shibumi (Understatement)
The overall effect of an inviting living space would be one of elegant simplicity. Brightly colored or ostentatious objects call attention to themselves in a negative way, and detract from the harmonious balance of the room as a whole. Modern platform beds are a wonderful way to add comfort to your life, while not detracting from the simplicity of the room.
4. Shizen (Naturalness)
Japanese design eschews artificiality. When de-cluttering your home, pay close attention to elements that strike you as false or unnatural. Removing such elements will simplify your canvas, leaving room for you to add focal points that echo the beautiful patterns found in nature.
5. Yugen (Suggestion)
A wonderful example of this principle is the traditional Japanese garden. Design is not accidental, it a careful process that requires planning and mindfulness. The end result should strive to recreate the beauty of nature while simultaneously avoiding the randomness of the wild.
6. Datsuzoku (Escape from Routine)
Rearranging the furnishings in your home from time to time is an excellent way to recharge your spirits. An overly familiar room can lead to complacency of thought and have a stagnating effect on creativity. When you enter a familiar room that has recently been transformed, there is a subtle sense of surprise that reminds the subconscious that anything is possible.
7. Seijaku (Stillness)
A lovingly ordered room promotes a sense of well-being that can have a a profoundly transformative effect on your life. Removing unnecessary detritus from the hidden corners of a room will remove the clutter from your mind, as well. You will often find that fresh ideas will rush in to fill the space you've cleared for them!