What is “Kawaii?” Kawaii is a Japanese word found in Japanese phrases. Some say it is the equivalent to “blushing” or “glowing face.”
The word has grown as a design style, often known as something being “cute,” “bubbly” or even “exaggerated – minimal.” This is why many kawaii kitchen interior designs have chunky, curvy and bold colors – especially the use of blushing colors like hot pink, rosey red or light pink pastels.
Kawaii design has evolved into different color schemes such as light teal blue, mint green and even sorbet orange, like a creamy popsicle. The playful and comical aspect of the appliances, fixtures and decor is minimal yet exaggerated, like an old school playskool toy (ages 3+).
And this doesn’t mean they are unsophisticated. Of course, the designs are evolving too. More metallic accents, colorful transparent acrylics, glass and hardier, contemporary materials are being used throughout the Kawaii kitchen designs. The retro “susie homemaker” vibes from the 1950s are present along with the newer neotenic funky ties and Japanese baby cartoon influences.
The reality is this style of interior design doesn’t mean you even relate to Japanese cartoons, old-school societal norms, funky design or classic mid-century modern furnishings like the Ball Chair.
It’s been said by some that your outer world reflects your inner world, and your inner world reflects your outer world.
For anyone who likes to have fun while cooking and experiment in the kitchen or maybe they might need to loosen up a bit more with rigid recipes, cooking times, baking preparations? Kawaii could be the interior kitchen design style for you.