Style Secret: Natural Colors
Nature has an immense influence on Japanese style, and the palette is pulled from the world around us, inspired by earth, wood and stone. Use neutral, subtle colors that don't fall at extreme ends of the spectrum. Think creamy whites rather than stark ones, espresso browns instead of black, pale and midtone woods, and subdued greens and grays.
East meets West: If you long for a bold stroke of color in a Japanese interior, you can pull it off — carefully. Limit yourself to one or two hues, in very restricted focal points, or else you risk upsetting the balance that's so vital to Japanese design. For instance, you might group a few sculptural red vases on a mantel or strew deep blue floor pillows in the living room.