Norwich interiors are turning Japanese

Mix florals with geometric prints for this autumn's take on the Japanese trend. By Emma Harrowing.

British interiors have always been captivated by Asian inspired design. The Far East gave us minimalism at a time when our Britishness made us hoarders. Streamlined shapes, intelligent storage and stark white decors made us rethink the whole concept of the home. Then there was the red and black era of design. Teenagers would paint their walls black or red and throw down a bamboo rug, light a few candles or burn joss sticks in a bid to recreate the relaxed ambience of Japanese style.

For 2012, the look has been updated with Japanese floral prints mixed with minimalist geometric shapes.

Get the look with a colour palette of rich blues and navys mixed with light blue, white, grey and a splash of orange. Look for light wood pieces such as bamboo and throw in a bird print or sculptured ornament for good measure.

An easy way to mix pattern in a room is by layering different printed cushions on a chair, bed or sofa. Look for simple Asian-inspired florals and minimalist geometric shape prints, all should be in your selected colour palette of blues, greys and whites.

And the long-standing rule of Japanese minmalism still applies – declutter your room and let the simple style speak for itself.

See our pick of some of the best Japanese inspired home accessories by clicking on the photo gallery link at the top right of this page.