A Japanese-style bathroom has a clear focus on relaxation and hygiene. It is important to understand that while these two concepts go together in this space, the Japanese believe in keeping them separated. In an authentic Japanese bathroom the place you relax will always be partitioned off in some form from the place you achieve cleanliness and maintain hygiene. Because the bathtubs are viewed as a place to soak, they are not primarily used as a place for bathing or cleanliness, and won’t be found in large sizes like in many households today. Additionally, the toilet will always be found separate from a soaking tub. In many cases, a door or separate small space is created singularly for the toilet. If it’s not possible to craft a separate room for the toilet in your given bathroom space, a DIY partition will suffice. A paper partition or hanging curtain will act as a barrier between the desire to relax and the necessity of hygiene.
Much like a Japanese garden, a Japanese style bathroom must be built with nature in mind. Utilizing greenery such as bamboo plants or mossy potted plants is a key element to creating the feeling that the peaceful natural world can exist within your walls. Placement of these plants is just as essential. Make sure that bamboo plants or potted moss is lined up in pleasing, lines that don’t overwhelm the senses. Lighting is another essential element in your Japanese-style bathroom. In order to create a space where your mind is free to relax, harsh lights and bold fixtures should be avoided. Keeping interior lines simple and accent pieces minimal is important in allowing for a calm and clear experience.