Décor ideas from the city where traditionalism and modernism collide.
The Greater Tokyo Area is an extremely vast metropolis—the most populous metropolitan area in the world, to be exact—jam-packed with people of diverse backgrounds. This makes it difficult to pinpoint a particular “Tokyo style" when it comes to interior design.
Some apartments are teeny-tiny and kept super minimalist. Many are colorful, quirky, and over-the-top. And then, there are homes that embrace traditional Japanese décor.
There may not be clear rules to follow on Tokyo style, but we suggest you go the quirky or traditional routes to have the most fun.
If you’re into bright colors and aren’t afraid to experiment, this decorating process is for you. Urban Japanese folk love to play with shape and incorporate neon accents and multiple patterns.
Many people living in Tokyo prefer the classic, minimal Japanese look. Typically, this includes items like chabudais (short-legged tables), zabutons (floor cushions), shoji screens, tatami mats, iron cast lanterns, and tansu chests. Bamboo wood panels may surround the iconic tatami beds, and walls are often adorned with large-scale ink paintings or scrolls.
To help get you started, we gathered a collection of products that work in both styles of homes. Below, you’ll see whimsical, colorful decorative accents juxtaposed with antique wooden treasures. Oh, and high-tech toilets are in almost every home (and hotel) in Japan, so investing in one of those is a must—regardless of which approach you choose to take.