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5 Japanese-Inspired Design Trends for People Who Love Minimalist Looks

Japanese designers have just mastered the art of minimalism.

Japan has an aesthetic like no other. While most parts of the world find beauty in extravagant styles and embellishments, Japan finds beauty in serenity and simplicity. This is seen in how they design their home spaces and this is one of the reasons why places like The Grand Midori Ortigas have taken inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic to provide the same feeling of calm to their residents.

If you want to see more of this simple yet stylish aesthetic for your own home, check out these five popular interior design trends that hail from the land of the masters of minimalist design (AKA Japan!). Minimalist Zen

Living and Dining Area Three-Bedroom Unit in Federal Land’s The Grand Midori Ortigas | Artist’s Perspective

“Zen” means meditation, so a room that follows a minimalist Zen aesthetic should foster an atmosphere conducive to it.

To create a meditative space, stick to a neutral palette, which helps instill a sense of calmness. In the same way, fill your room with textures from nature, like wood, stone, and linen. Keep your lights soft and gentle—it’s a good way to set up the mood!

Stay away from clutter and choose furniture with straight, clean, and simple lines. When it comes to decor, remember that less is more!


There’s beauty in imperfection, like in broken potteries painted with gold (see: kintsugi) or an exposed brick wall. This is the wabi-sabi aesthetic in a nutshell.

Wabi-Sabi sticks to a philosophy that makes room for asymmetry and intimacy. To achieve a wabi-sabi look for your room, use decor that adds a personal touch—like art made by a child or a statement vase. Be as real and raw with your elements, even if they’re aged, unpolished, or cracked. You can also upcycle your old items and furniture and choose earth colors to match your theme.


Chikyu is about reconnecting with the earth. In a chikyu-style home, everything—from the walls, to furnishings, to the sinks, right down to the utensils, fabrics, and decor—uses organic materials that make you feel grounded with nature. You can clad your interior walls with a large reclaimed wood, or place cotton twigs in a handmade clay vase. For the ultimate experience, check the soothing scent of agarwood—a well-loved room scent in Japan.


Living and Dining Area. Three-Bedroom Unit in Federal Land's The Grand Midori Ortigas | Artist's Perspective

Minimalist and functional, yet welcoming, chic, and homey—Japandi perfectly fuses Japan’s simplicity with the Scandinavian hygge (/hoo-ga/), or feelings of coziness and contentment.

To curate a Japandi home, mix and match simple and sumptuous elements, like a rustic rug on a warm white colored room. You may also blend in modern elements like industrial lighting against a wood slat wall.

As for color, the Japanese like warm earth tones while Scandinavians use whites and light neutrals. Pops of bold colors work, too, but these are generally kept at minimum. For a more natural feel, feel free to add in a few bright green plants.

Dark Japandi

Japandi heads over to the dark side with the Dark Japandi trend. This style emphasizes the contrasts between Japanese and Scandinavian styles while still keeping harmony.

This is done by creating sharp contrasts like in the juxtaposition of a charcoal black dining set with a soft white wall. Dark Japandi is usually interpreted through the mixing of relaxed Scandinavian-style furniture with elegant and sometimes darker toned Japanese-style textures. Overall, Dark Japandi is on the elegant and edgy side of things, a little different but similarly cozy, comforting, and healing, like its other design siblings.

Modern Japanese Zen living in the heart of Ortigas

All these minimalist home concepts complement what awaits at the doors of The Grand Midori Ortigas. A residential condo designed with sophisticated and minimal finishes, this development offers an antidote to the stresses of city life.

The Grand Midori Ortigas by Federal Land | Artist’s Perspective

Developed by Federal Land, Inc., The Grand Midori Ortigas is the developer’s first foray in Ortigas Center and is poised to exhibit the art of zen living. World-renowned Tokyo-based Japanese architectural firm Tange Associates was especially tapped as Design Consultant to ensure infusion of Japanese aesthetics, technology, and innovation to the development. The two-tower condominium takes inspiration from the Japanese concepts of ‘wabi-sabi’ and ‘miyabi’ in designing its units and amenities, like its lobby, lounge area, multi-purpose room, fitness area, yoga room, lap pool, landscaped area with lounge, Zen Garden, and more.

This Zen lifestyle is also deeply intertwined with the build and aesthetics of the units which considers creative and practical space planning. Each unit is thoughtfully designed with expansive windows and a balcony to provide a light and airy interior that fosters serenity. The natural light from the windows compliment minimalist Zen designs that focus on bringing out the beauty of warm-toned palettes.

Unit sizes vary from 35 sq.m. to 109 sq.m. to provide residents comfortable living spaces as well as the flexibility to maximize their units according to their needs and preference. This focus on space allows residents to create a sanctuary of their own, a unit designed to adapt though different life stages.

The Grand Midori Ortigas is created to offer an escape from the bustle of everyday city life. Step into its tranquil ambiance with inner energy boundless, mind and body in sync.

Learn more about The Grand Midori Ortigas by checking out the website and Facebook page. You can also e-mail for inquiries.


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