Japanese modern Denver living room
This Denver “California Contemporary” has the ideal architecture to accommodate the Japanese modern style the homeowner loves. Photo by Jim Brown.

If you’d like to create a calming vibe in your living room, you might consider the “less is more” mantra and incorporate Japanese modern pieces into the space. Rather than bold patterns and bright colors, this style focuses on simple, thought-provoking pieces that include nature and relax the mind. Here are some essential items to get you started.

Japanese lacquer wall plaque
19th Century Japanese Lacquer Wall Plaque, 1stdibs.com.

19th Century Japanese Lacquer Wall Plaque

Japanese wall art is intriguing and will take away the need to fill your wall with multiple objects. Use this as the starting piece that will determine your other décor choices, including the color palette and overall theme.

DHP Aria Futon
DHP Aria Futon, bedbathandbeyond.com.

Aria Futon

For a modern seating option, upgrade your couch to a futon for a thinner style that promotes function more than over-the-top comfort. White is neutral option that represents purity and will add positive vibes to the space.


wooden trunk
Rebecca Trunk, potterybarn.com.

Rebecca Trunk

You can never go wrong with wood, and this old trunk makes a solid coffee table option. Hide everyday items in the trunk to keep the room minimalist and clean.

artificial yucca
Artificial Yucca Foliage, wayfair.com.

Yucca Foliage

The best way to connect with nature is to bring the outdoors in through plants. Yucca, bamboo and spider plants are great options that will add some visual interest without too much drama.

fireball orange paint
Fireball Orange Paint, benjaminmoore.com.

Fireball Orange Paint

Wall color can change the vibe of the room, so it’s important to choose a shade that complements your modern aesthetic. Orange is the perfect complement to this style and room, providing an almost neutral backdrop for the limited furniture and bringing out the subtle color in the wall hanging.

jute floor cushion
Jute Floor Cushion, cb2.com.

Jute Floor Cushion

Add texture to your space with floor cushions made from jute, banana fiber or bamboo. Bring them out for extra seating when you have guests or use them for a low table dining experience.