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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Tips for Creating a Japanese Style Kitchen

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If you want to introduce some zen into your life, it's a great idea to lean on some Japanese inspired design in the home. While it might be easier or more commonplace to integrate Japanese design into a living room or bedroom space, kitchens are also ideal for zen-inspired design.

The kitchen is probably the space in the house where stresses and tensions come to the forefront. Trying to cook family meals in short amounts of time, pots bubbling over, and rising temperatures can make for a stressful situation, but a Japanese inspired kitchen renovation can calm those troubled waters.

Here are some tips to make your Japanese kitchen design work:

Bring the outdoors in. Japanese design is all about harmony and balance, and bringing the outdoor elements inside is a way of creating better harmony within a room's design. Fortunately, there are lots of ways of doing this within a kitchen, because many of the ingredients you'll use inside a kitchen will be living plants. Planting an indoor herb garden close to a window where there is plenty of sunlight is a way of bringing the outdoors inside, and you can use all of your fresh produce to create delicious meals.

Lots of natural wood. Another way of bringing the outdoors in is by utilising beautiful natural materials like wood and bamboo. In a Japanese kitchen renovation, ditch the chrome, ditch the PVC, and use wood wherever you can. You should also keep the wood matte, because a glossy finish looks too synthetic for Japanese design. A good way of making your kitchen look ultra-Japanese is by investing in dark wood countertops that you'll need to protect with a sealant so they are protected against heat and moisture. You could also integrate wood into the kitchen with wooden blinds, wooden shelving, and wooden knife blocks.

Declutter. In Japanese design, the flow of energy is very important, and kitchen clutter will interrupt that energy flow. For this reason, storage is so important in a Japanese kitchen. Everything should have its place within a drawer or a cabinet, and things like mug trees or coffee machines have no place exposed on kitchen countertops. For this reason, you might need to invest in deeper cabinets and drawers in a Japanese kitchen renovation, and you can also save space by investing in appliances that perform multiple tasks, such as combination blenders and juicers.