Tokyo’s Tiny Interiors with Lots of Charm and Character

For a little bit of interior design inspiration we head on over to Tokyo, Japan, zoning-in on how they make the most of what are really small interior spaces and yet still maintain a lot of charm and character. If you were seriously looking for an apartment or any other type of property in the heart of a city such as Tokyo, the bulk of the money you’d be spending on the high rental prices would be for the location and very little else. The apartments are indeed quite tiny to say the least and if you were looking at the price for an outright purchase, it’d cost about the same as a nice, big house with a big yard in a suburban area somewhere.


People naturally have different preferences by way of their ideal living environments though, but if doing up your interiors has you limited for space and you don’t really have an alternative choice, all’s not lost because as they do in Tokyo, you can make full and effective use of even the smallest of interior spaces.

The Barefoot Culture

Before we even get to the actual interior decor items such as easy-stack and low-density contemporary dining chairs and the like, we perhaps have to talk about the Japanese and perhaps broader Asian culture of taking one’s shoes off and leaving them in a designated shelf, container or on the floor by the door. Shoes take up a lot of space inside in a rather inconspicuous manner, so that’s one option if you can leave them somewhere safely. It’s also a matter of keeping your interiors clean by walking barefoot on surfaces such as rugs and carpets.

Multi-Functional Furniture Pieces

Look if you were to peep into a real Tokyo apartment and you’re from somewhere else in the world, you’d probably be surprised at just how small they really are. They are tiny! So if they can make do with such small spaces, so can you…

So the main secret to it is making use of multifunctional furniture pieces and other interior decor items. Low-hanging contemporary ceiling lights make for the perfect example of this multifunctional interior decor approach because the different designs available mean that you can install just one light in one location and use it flexibly to illuminate any other area of the general space you need. The same applies to furniture pieces, which together with all other furniture and interior decor pieces should effectively come together to form a compound-style. So everything fits in with everything else, both in terms of the design and function.

Folding dining room tables also make for a perfect example of this multi-functional property in that the typical Japanese folding table looks great when it’s folded up, but looks just as good if opened up for more space to perhaps make for the extra space needed when you’re entertaining guests. You look at that table when it’s all folded up and you can’t even tell that it opens out.