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How to give your dining room a makeover inspired by Japanese minimalism

Japanese minimalism is the timeless homeware style we can’t get enough of. Follow this easy shopping guide to bring some soothing simplicity to your home

  • Choose furniture and accessories made from natural materials such as wood, cork and jute have a timeless yet modern look.
  • Look for cool colours such as slate and charcoal create contrast with pure white and warm timber.
  • Find rustic forms and textures, as seen on these three-legged stools, to create a sense of soothing simplicity.
  • Set the table with handmade or neutral ceramics that feel good to hold and possess a few quirky imperfections.
  • Add delicate greenery such as maidenhair ferns, bamboo palms and dried willow bring the all-important connection to nature.

Shop the looks

  • Bench seat, $395, handmade bowl (on bench), $59, wooden tongs, $39, Renée Boyd bowls in black and olive green, $32 each, from Sunday Homestore.
  • Sicilian carafe (on bench), $99, from A&C Homestore.
  • Elm antique stools, $279 each, from Citta.
  • Japanese H&S stacking glasses, $30 a pair, everyday cork coaster, $5, everyday cork placemat, $15, from Everyday Needs.
  • Kinto pour-over kettle, $229, white Renée Boyd bowl (top of stack), $32, from Paper Plane.
  • Handmade vase, $60, from Ceramics by Jodie.
  • Broste linen napkins, $17.90 each, Wonki Ware salt dish, $15.90, Wonki Ware salsa dish, $26.90, Wonki Ware espresso mugs, $29.90 each, from Indie Home Collective.
  • Belly basket, $39, from Bohème Home.
  • Bamboo palm, $119.99, from Kings Plant Barn.
  • Tatami weave rug, $1900, from Nodi.
  • Wall painted in Dulux Concrete Effect ‘Pale Elements’.

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