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4 Stunning MUJI Homes That Will Leave You Inspired!
The brand MUJI is certainly no stranger to us. The success behind this Japanese brand is its ability to deliver simple-designed home products with maximum efficiency to cater to the lifestyles of homeowners who seek to bring zen into their homes with the hope of fostering peace and relaxation. In addition, its popularity has earned MUJI quite a number of loyal followers around the globe including Malaysia!
Need some inspiration to transform your abode into a tranquil retreat? Check out these real-life examples of home décor styles inspired by MUJI that is guaranteed to bring a peaceful vibe to your home.
1. Less is more, right?
There’s a natural aesthetic attached to MUJI design which is clean, impeccably crafted, and as a whole appears ‘necessary’. The essential appeal forgoes redundant attachments i.e. anything that does not add to its effectiveness.
The 3-bedroom condo done by Pocket Square executes MUJI style with hardwearing, warm-toned flooring that visually opens up the space; clean, minimalist features (e.g. unadorned wall, ceiling, and border panels); natural materials; as well as an expertly crafted and perfectly-proportioned furniture.
2. Keep it minimal
As Kenya Hara has pointed out, MUJI isn’t limited by minimalism or simplicity; its core concept is much more elaborate than its creations may imply. Decorating with MUJI in mind doesn’t immediately mean choosing pieces that are plain and stark; instead, it involves carefully considering additions that will improve your life. In this way, it isn’t confined to a single aesthetic, but rather to a purpose.
For example, this home done up by ZI Atelier in Selangor reflects much of the MUJI philosophy with its inviting colour scheme, stylish utilitarian kitchen, cosy layout, and eye-pleasing and practical furniture. The décor, while relatively bare and minimalistic, is still soft, homely, and warm!
3. Start from a blank slate
Kenya Hara also underlines how the concept of ‘emptiness’, perhaps more than ‘simplicity’, defines the design motivations of MUJI. To gain a better understanding of emptiness in design, imagine an empty world and imagine how you can rebuild it. Emptiness in design allows for freedom to reconstruct as we rethink the design conventions of modern pieces. In this context, emptiness represents a blank canvass that you can fill with to make your life better.
This charming condo reflects the essence of space. Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd left large spaces bare to create a more visually ‘expansive’ appearance. Light, glossy floors paired with streams of natural light reflect the emptiness and fill it at the same time. Then, natural materials and sleek, pristine features such as white brick walls and minimalist lighting fixtures tie the style together in MUJI fashion!
4. Simple but functional
In a way, MUJI looks can be defined as both effective and attractive, and this opens up the style to limitless possibilities; where there isn’t a specific colour scheme, print or treatment. Still, even with all these design freedoms at its disposal; the reason why MUJI appears effective and attractive in the way that it does is that it is planned to perfection.
It’s the same reason why this home by PINS Studio looks picture-perfect; everything from layout to colour scheme, even its accessories (e.g. clocks, kitchenware, vases, and other decorative pieces) were carefully selected. And do take notice of the flawless balance achieved by pairing a soft colour scheme with vertical motifs (on wall panels, features, furniture, and fabric, etc.) as well as the use of natural light, instead of things to fill spaces.
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