The genkan is an important space in Japanese culture, serving as a transition between the outside world and the private realm of the home. Recently, we had the opportunity to design two different genkan schemes for a client’s Atlanta home. Both schemes balance modern pieces with traditional Japanese motifs, with lighting used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Scheme A leans a bit moodier with its dark floors and complimentary artwork, while Scheme B highlights natural elements like stone tile.

Both schemes were designed to create a welcoming and mindful transition space. Which do you like more, A or B?

Clockwise from Top: Japanese Wabi-Sabi Fabric Pendant Light in Style A from Lighting-Forest, Poppy #2 by Yurie Nagashima, Struttura Porcelain Tile available at SOURCE
Clockwise from Top: Luna Cord Pendant with 12″ Shade in True Black from Schoolhouse, B&W by Yurie Nagashima, Appalacian Grey Natural Stone Outdoor Paver Tile from Surface Group International