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How to build your Own Japanese Garden

In my opinion, there I nothing cosier than a Japanese garden in your home. That would be the ultimate space for relaxing. That’s the reason that even many luxurious apartments in Tokyo have invested in a Japanese garden to attract attention for the new potential buyers.

Peace, tranquillity, spirituality, contemplation, and beauty: the Japanese garden brings together all these qualities and can be a great way to make your home a serene and relaxing space to enjoy with family, friends or even just.

Even in small spaces, this type of garden can be done simply, helping you to have a much more pleasant routine. So how about finding out more about how to build a Japanese garden with our tips? See more details below.

What is the Japanese Garden?

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The Japanese Garden, also known as the Zen Garden, appeared in China in the 6th century and was spread by Buddhist monks. However, it was the Japanese, during the Heian Era, who perfected the technique of creating these gardens, incorporating symbolic and spiritual characteristics of connection with nature.

Through elements such as water, stones and plants, the Japanese garden aims to portray the paths of life, transformations and obstacles faced, allowing for a contemplative and meditative state.

This type of garden décor is also closely linked to the philosophical and spiritual conceptions of the Japanese, who see in nature the origin of life, the earth, and the very abode of spiritual deities.

What are the advantages of the Japanese garden?

Having a Japanese residential garden is a great way to increase your connection with nature and enjoy the sensations of relaxation, serenity and meditation provided by this type of space.

The Japanese garden can still be an excellent ally in combating problems such as anxiety and stress, contributing to health and well-being. In addition, it beautifies the spaces of the house, leaving the decoration harmonious and pleasant.

What are the elements of the Japanese garden?

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Whether to set up a small Japanese garden or a large version, it is always important to know the elements that compose it and the meanings of each one. Therefore, we brought the main materials used in the process to inspire you in your own creation.

Lakes, waterfalls, and streams

The presence of water in the Japanese garden is very relevant, because it represents the cycle of life, that is, the process of birth and death. In some projects, you can find carp, which symbolise prosperity and luck.

Plants

Plants are very present elements in this type of garden and help to compose the atmosphere of peace and contact with nature. Remember that flowers and plants are chosen according to the seasons, and some have sacred meanings.

Bridges

Bridges symbolise the connection between two spaces. In this sense, they represent the transition from mortality to the sacred and can be built with different materials, such as wood, stone, or bamboo.

Stones

Stones have a great symbolic meaning for the Japanese. The larger stones symbolize the mountains and hills, providing a feeling of contemplation. The smaller stones show the evolution of the human being during life.

Lanterns

Lanterns are another element that brings a spiritual dimension to the Japanese garden, as light symbolizes knowledge. Carved in stone, they come in different shapes and sizes.

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Tips on Choosing Furniture for Outdoor Spaces

It’s summer, and despite the weather not being the most ideal for enjoying the outside at this moment, we still want to make the most of our outdoor space in the house.

There are some activities that it’s always better when done outdoors, such as enjoy a sunny day at the swimming pool with the family, welcome guests for lunch in the garden, or even enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book alfresco. #

These are just some of the situations that put our gardens, backyards, and /or outdoor areas to the position of favourites in the house and, therefore, needing furniture for outdoor environments that provide warmth and lightness to such spaces.

Gravel Patio

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When we think floor, we don’t need to go just for the functional one. In this outdoor area, the wooden deck floor on gravel is noteworthy. Decks are easily found in stores and home improvement stores, such as large home centres, and can be installed with a blink of the eye. Then all you must do is combine it with some pebbles to make it look rustic, with a beach feel or a personal touch.

Cactus and Succulent Garden

Sometimes, we just don’t have a huge space outdoors. But it doesn’t mean we can’t make it looks better. If you don’t have a space with soil, but would love to have a garden, how about using wall- mounting or hanger pots?

And if succulents and cacti are your passion, they can be the protagonists of a beautiful arid garden, for example. It can look nice on the porch or in the backyard, vases of the same style form a harmonious composition, with species of various sizes and styles.

Natural Textures

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If you are thinking cosy, the natural textures can create this kind of atmosphere and bring a rustic touch, which has everything to do with outdoor areas.

They bring the feeling of a country house or beach, and it reminds you of a nice holiday in the countryside or the seaside, right?

So, they are a good choice to decorate the porch or backyard. You can use natural texture on the furniture, floor, and walls, which guarantees privacy to residents.

Boho Style

The boho style is one of the beautiful finishes that you can bring to your garden, because it mixes several styles, can be a good source of inspiration for you to decorate your outdoor area.

It’s naturally cosy and very colourful. So why not paint the walls a vibrant colour? Then complete the décor with weft rugs, patterned fabrics, and lots of plants.

Functional Furniture

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Unlike the living room or kitchen, the outdoor area is multipurpose, so it needs versatile and resistant furniture. Invest in items made of wood or steel that can are perfect for accommodate more people, such as wide benches.

If using cushions, choose waterproof fabrics, and avoid placing them everywhere. Furniture with more than one function, such as a table that can become a bench, is also a good option.