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.
Color schemes in Japanese style bathrooms should also be kept on the neutral or natural side depending upon your preferences. Clean lines matched up with light tones or natural hues are going to create a Zen atmosphere where you can experience peace and tranquility. Bright colors are too distracting in this type of environment and take away from your mind and body’s opportunity to find true calm. Don’t forget to bring bamboo into your décor wherever possible, but with a clear purpose. Whether it’s bamboo floors, trim or plants, it is a feature worth investing in. Bamboo is going to seamlessly incorporate a natural feel with the moisture resistance a bathroom requires to stand up under general use. Similarly, it is one of the world’s most renewable resources, which means your Japanese-style bathroom not only provides Zen, but works side by side with nature.