How to Decorate Japandi Style Interiors

How to Decorate Japandi Style Interiors

Suzanne Anderson
5 minute read

Japandi Style style interiors are calming, airy, tranquil, and warm.

This style blends Scandinavian modern-rustic functionality with Japanese Zen minimalism, to achieve a space that reflects a deep appreciation for natural materials.

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Japandi Style Colour Palette

The Scandinavian colour palette is monochromatic, softened with light neutrals, pale wood tones, pastel greens, blues, and pinks.

Japanese design places emphasis on warm, richer earthy colours and darker woods.

In Japandi style, these colour palettes combine to create a harmonious, peaceful foundation of neutrals including beige, cream, oatmeal, tan, and stone.

For visual richness, include organic elements that are naturally deeper in colour such as tan bamboo, dark woods, and rattan. Soft blues, plums, grey, mint, and emerald green add softness when combined with these materials.

For added contrast, add accents of indigo blues, dark greys, black and brown. 

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Japandi Style Architecture

Architectural features include oak ceiling beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding screens, wooden wall slats, lime-wash finishes, hand-cut millwork, and stone slabs.

Value is placed on the beauty of the materials and quality of craftsmanship involved in building the home, selecting materials can naturally patina over time.

Japandi Style Architetcure

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Japandi Style Flooring

Natural wood flooring is the perfect addition to a Japandi home, in either dark stain, or natural or pale oak finishes, depending on your preference.

Add visual interest by incorporating different-textured rugs in warm neutrals, and layering them for a cosy and tranquil space. 

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Japandi Flooring

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Japandi Style Lighting

Organically shaped lights and lamps are often the key statement piece. Pendant lights crafted from paper, sisal, jersey or bamboo add visual weight, balancing out the low-sitting furniture and while rattan floor lanterns provide a soft diffused, ambient light.

Scandinavian-style adjustable floor, wall, and table articulated lights feature matte black or white shades to provide structure and a modern feel. 

Disio Jug Table Lamp | Brown / Black | Excludes Shade

Disio Jug Table Lamp | Brown / Black | Excludes Shade

$698.00

STORE PICK UP/LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY/FREIGHT QUOTE ON APPLICATION  Due to the size and weight of this piece we are unable to offer our regular Australia wide delivery.  For Australia-wide deliveries, a freight quote does apply for this piece.This is not calculated online… read more

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Japandi Style Window Treatments

Japandi design favours a seamless indoor/outdoor experience, with strong ties to the natural environment. As such, window treatments are kept to a minimum, with fabric choices including ultra-sheer linen or cotton muslin curtains and roman shades.

Bamboo or roller blinds are perfect for adding privacy, whilst preserving the circulation of natural light and tying in with the existing materials.

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Japandi Style Furniture

Choose functional and simple furniture with pared-down lines and little to no ornamentation, crafted from natural and organic materials of bamboo, rattan, and unfinished wood.

Japandi-style homes aim to evoke a sense of spaciousness and calm, so low-sitting furniture choices such as low benches, futons, beds, pedestal tables, and chairs will make the space appear visually open and expansive with a zen-like quality.

With a preference for clutter-free spaces, this style makes use of clever and discrete storage. Baskets, containers, folding screens, minimalist shelving, and built-ins are designed to fade into the background,  allowing the craftsmanship of each furniture piece to breathe and stand out.

Upholstered linen, cotton, flax blends, or woolen armchairs chairs, and sofas add cosiness and warmth.

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Japandi Furniture

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Japandi Style Texture and Materials

One of the most notable features of this style is the layering of different textures and materials. As mentioned earlier, natural wood in both light and dark tones is the main element used in furniture, flooring, wall treatments, and architectural details.

Other materials include bamboo, rattan, paper, iron, marble, stone, and leather.

Decorative cushions, throws and bedding are crafted from textured linens, brushed cotton, velvet, chunky wool knits, jute, and hemp, in warm and earthy neutrals. 

Amelie hand Knitted Cotton Throw | Natural | 130x150cm

Amelie hand Knitted Cotton Throw | Natural | 130x150cm

$475.00

Our Amelie hand knitted cotton throw is the perfect accessory for your lounge, alfresco evenings and to cozy up your bed. Material Cotton Dimensions 130x150cm… read more

The Belgian Pillow Cover | Nairobi | 50 x 50cm | Libeco Linen

The Belgian Pillow Cover | Nairobi | 50 x 50cm | Libeco Linen

$195.00

Experience the ultimate in comfort and style with our high-quality pillow covers, designed to elevate your home decor to the next level. Made from the finest materials and crafted with exceptional attention to detail, our pillow covers are the perfect… read more

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Japandi Style Artwork & Mirrors

Art is intentional and minimal, featuring simple shapes, watercolour designs, and abstract prints in slim, wooden frames.

Large mirrors in rounded, half-moon, or asymmetrical designs are positioned intentionally, to reflect the indoor or outdoor greenery and plants, and contribute to the feeling of spaciousness. 

Formation Framed Landscape

Formation Framed Landscape

$860.00

STORE PICK UP/LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY/FREIGHT QUOTE ON APPLICATION  Due to the size and weight of this piece we are unable to offer our regular Australia wide delivery.  For Australia-wide deliveries, a freight quote does apply for this piece.This is not calculated online… read more

Japandi Artwork

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Japandi style artwork

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Japandi Style Home Decor

When it comes to Japandi-style accessories, every item has its purpose and is often hand-made. The ancient Japanese concept of wabi-sabi refers to harmony, balance, and beauty evident in imperfections and the passage of time.

This philosophy prizes handmade, timeworn, and irregularly shaped objects, seeing cracks, uneven glazes, and chipped paint as unique and special elements.

Eldvarm Emma Fire Set | Lichen

Eldvarm Emma Fire Set | Lichen

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Items include:

  • Earthy ceramic tableware
  • Handmade vases
  • Sculptural objects crafted from clay, terra cotta, and wood
  • Wooden or rattan trays
  • Old books
  • Foraged branches and stones
  • Gently fragranced candles and incense

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Japandi Style Living Energy

For a seamless indoor/outdoor space, including an abundance of greenery and plants such as ficus, ferns, vines, fiddle leaf figs, bamboo, potted hanging plants, or bonsai. These add a natural vibrancy, add freshness, colour and soften the clean lines and minimal interiors.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers, such as orchids and cherry blossoms with cut stems, leaves, grasses, and branches according to ancient principles, rooted in Zen Buddhism, to create movement, balance, and harmony.

We recommend researching this form of floral arrangement, as this practice is beautifully rich in history, culture, and spirituality. 

Ficus Umbellata Plant | 2m

Ficus Umbellata Plant | 2m

$438.00

Artificial foliage has been expertly crafted onto a real, natural tree stem to create this magnificent, authentic replica, real touch Fiscus Umbelleta Plant. A steamer can be used to correct any unwanted folds. Materials: Plastic/Polyester Colour: Green  Dimensions: 2 metres… read more

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