The Japandi style has made waves in recent years and is showing no signs of slowing down. With over 5,000 searches for ‟Japandi bedroom” over the last 30 days in the UK and over 3.6K searches every month for ‟Japandi”, interior design experts at Graham and Green share how to achieve the Japandi look in your bedroom this autumn.
Japandi is a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian styles, inspired by the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, a way of life which values slow-living, contentment and simplicity, as well as the Scandinavian practice of hygge, which embraces comfort, cosiness and well-being.
Keep in natural
When it comes to selecting your colour palette in your bedroom, opt for understated, muted hues. Consider shades like beige, sand, cream, taupe, oatmeal and stone. Steer clear of overly bright or stark whites, your goal is to cultivate a serene and harmonious ambience. If you find these shades a bit bland, you can add a contrasting colour. For this, choose soft Scandi shades – pale pink, blue, green or grey – or add some richness with a darker accent colour, such as black or a charcoal grey. Light-toned natural materials like rattan, bamboo, cotton, hemp, and paper play a significant role in the Japandi style.
Japandi is all about having zero clutter. Here, less is more, so keep your home accessories to a minimum. To achieve the look in your bedroom this autumn, invest in a few beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time. Carefully curated mirrors, artwork, picture frames, wall hangings, bedside table lamps and rugs can really transform the feel of your bedroom to make it feel cosier without adding clutter. Plants are also a great natural accessory to use. The added benefit is that they improve air quality – perfect for emulating all that healthy Scandinavian air. If you want to reference the Japanese influence more, you can include a bonsai tree.
Mix and match
Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles to increase visual appeal. Alongside bamboo and rattan, wood is an obvious choice for bedroom furniture. Scandinavian pieces typically feature clean, simple lines. Meanwhile, in Japan, it’s more common to have stained or painted woods and curved shaped furniture. Both light and dark-coloured woods work, but try to make the colour of your wood match as much as possible. This helps to bring a room together, creating a modern and harmonious feel.
The perfect complement to your minimalist bedroom is some sleek and beautiful lighting. Make sure your rooms are softly lit to encourage a peaceful feeling – incorporate industrial lights to add a Scandinavian vibe to a darker Japanese-inspired colour scheme. Or bring in some handcrafted, retro pendants in pewter or copper colours, to add contrast, warmth and elegance.
The best way to add some warmth and interior to your Japandi bedroom is to use different textures and fabrics. Japanese culture is renowned for using exquisite patterns – invest in your cushions, curtains, throws and tableware. Indulgent textures will help to create hygge and patterns will add vibrancy.
Rugs are hugely important in nailing Japandi interiors. Find a big, cosy, subtly patterned rug made from natural materials to lay beside your bed for that moment you slip your feet out in the morning. Make sure your bed is sumptuously cosy too by adding wool mix throws.