Have you picked up on the Japanese tea garden home interior trend? This trend is all about calm colours, nature-based palettes and creating a serene space. Think the blue of sea and sky, soft greens and ochre yellows, all accessorised with natural textures like stone and wood. Add a cup of green tea and some birdsong for instant relaxation. It’s a lovely interior trend and if you’d like to incorporate the theme into your decor, then here are our favourite picks.
Crane bird Japanese blue wallpaper, Nina Marika
Inspired by the Orient, Cranes is an eccentric, whimsical interpretation of traditional Japanese bird prints, perched in imaginary Bonsai style branches. Designed by Nina Marika, made in Lancashire and retailed by Woodchip and Magnolia at £85 per 10m roll. The soft, natural colours of this pretty wallpaper encapsulate the tea garden trend perfectly.
Japanese garden wallpaper panels, Mind the Gap
Perfect for bringing the outside in and creating a feature wall, these panels are made from non-woven substrate and printed with eco-friendly inks. They come complete with ready-mixed adhesive paste and can be repositioned slightly while the paste is still wet so that you can be sure of lining the pattern up correctly. £150 for three panels, available from Mind the Gap.
Purple Japanese maple, Trees Direct
Accessorise your tea garden with a real Japanese maple. This is a garden plant not a house plant, so position it just outside the window to help set the scene. The gorgeous purple leaves will turn bright red in autumn. It will eventually grow to around 2m high by 2m wide, but you could keep it in a pot to help contain the growth. It grows best in a sunny position. Prices start at £30 from Trees Direct.
Dragonfly cushion, Voyage Maison
This pretty midnight blue velvet cushion features a watercolour illustration of dragonflies from the Kyoto Gardens collection. Taking inspiration from the elegant organic forms found in oriental landscapes, it will provide a focal point on a neutral chair or sofa. It comes complete with a duck feather pad and the design is drawn and painted by the Voyage Maison design team based in Scotland and manufactured to the highest standards in the UK. Much of the collection is printed on locally sourced Scottish linen in their own print works. £47.95, available from Annabel James.
Cherry blossom reed diffuser, Price’s Candles
Create the right atmosphere with this delicate, fruity and floral fragrance from the flower of the exquisite cherry tree. Also available as a scented candle, this diffuser costs £13.50 and is available from Price’s Candles.
Weeping plum vase, Shimu
Display boughs of cherry blossom, pussywillow or minimalist bare twigs in this vase, which has a pattern of weeping plum blossom in blue and red. Available in two different styles, it costs £45 from Shimu.
Japanese Kettle/teapot, Le’Xpress
You can’t have a tea garden theme without a tea set, and this Japanese-style cast iron tetsubin kettle is perfect for making a superior brew you can enjoy in zen-like serenity. It features a fine stainless steel mesh infuser – making it easy to steep your favourite loose leaf varieties to perfection. Available from Kitchencraft and priced at around £35, see website for stockists.
To finish off the look, add the right atmosphere with a tranquil soundtrack of natural noises such as running water or birdsong.0