How to create a Japandi bedroom: 11 ideas for a stylish and restful sleep space

These Japandi bedroom ideas will help you to style a tranquil space with ambient lighting, calming colour and on-trend Japandi furniture choices

Japandi bedroom with neutral linen bedlinen with wooden side tables
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Japandi bedroom ideas are the perfect choice for creating a soothing and restful space for sleep and relaxation. Combining all the comfort and warmth of Scandinavian ‘hygge’, with the simplicity and calm of Japanese minimalism, Japandi style is one of the biggest interior trends right now.

A combination of elegant Japanese minimalism and rustic Scandinavian simplicity, the Japandi style is a hybrid interior design trend that brings together the best elements of both and creates an eclectic, stylized look all of its own.

Rooted in natural materials, clean lines, and quality craftsmanship, the focus is on creating a calm, harmonious aesthetic and a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Here we explore the key interior design elements of this tranquil trend with designers and interior experts, who share their recommendations and insights into the best Japandi bedroom ideas for your home.

Japandi bedroom ideas: 11 ways to get the look

While Japandi kitchens and Japandi bathroom ideas are both hugely popular bedrooms naturally feel like the perfect fit when it comes to creating a Japandi-inspired scheme.

Tranquillity is key when it comes to creating a Japandi bedroom, with soft, soothing textures and muted, earthy tones in abundance. Create a tranquil atmosphere by looking to nature for inspiration and working warm wood finishes, natural stones, and mineral pigments into the scheme so that colours and surfaces merge harmoniously.

1. Create calm with light-filled spaces

Japandi style bedroom with wooden blind and en suite bath

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Allow natural light to flood a Japandi bedroom as much as possible, to retain a strong connection with nature.

"To achieve the Japandi interior, make sure the spaces in your home maintain an airy feel by maximizing the amount of light coming through your windows," says Yvonne Keal, senior product manager at Hillarys.

"If you’re lucky enough to have large amounts of glass on your window treatments, try hanging some waved curtains that hang right to the floor and keep them open throughout the day to let the sunshine in and naturally brighten up the room."

"Waved curtains are a perfect mix of luxury and contemporary, working particularly well in bedrooms and living rooms and suiting the Japandi interior style perfectly."

2. Seek streamlined surfaces

Japandi bedroom with wooden fitted wardrobes and wall-to-ceiling windows


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Streamlined surfaces and a calm, uncluttered aesthetic are essential in creating the pared-back style and harmony of the Japandi style. When it comes to bedroom furniture, the decoration should be kept low-key with clean lines, sleek shapes, and handle-free designs to showcase the grain and finish of natural wood or the subtle sheen of lacquered pieces. 

Fitted wardrobes ensure that bedroom clutter is kept in check, with clothes, shoes, and accessories hidden neatly out of sight. Keep display areas to a minimum with just a few key pieces out on show to aid the feeling of calm.

"Wellbeing is a fundamental characteristic of the Japandi trend," says Rachal Hutcheson, furniture design expert at Sharps. "Whether you’re looking at the door furniture on the cabinetry or the colour of the walls, the key is to create a concise set of materials and colours which feel calm and welcoming."

Good storage and a strong decluttering discipline are essential for maintaining the look. Rachal explains, "Less is more when it comes to the design. What’s on the inside is just as important, as the aesthetic relies on a clutter-free room."

"Make sure you spend as much thought on the way you want to store your possessions and the ability to access them as you do on the way each piece of furniture looks." 

3. Make a statement with stylized pattern

Japandi bedroom decor with landscape wall mural on wall behind bed

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While simplicity is key. That’s not to say that rooms should be devoid of all patterns. Introducing a stylized pattern, such as the landscape wallpaper mural by Kono Bairei above, from £37/m2 at Wallsauce, is a fabulous way of bringing in an accent colour that will provide visual interest and warmth against a calming, tranquil backdrop.

Evoking a feeling of stillness and harmony the watercolour scene depicts a roaming landscape with rustling long grasses and trees with birds flying overhead.

Choose just one statement pattern as the focal point of your scheme. This could be on a feature wallpaper or mural, on simple curtain panels, bed linen, or wall art. Then keep the rest of the scheme restrained and low-key in soft shades and toning textures that complement.

4. Simplify window treatments

Serene Japandi style bedroom with low bed and towel ladder

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Avoid heavy drapes and fussy window blinds to achieve the airy and light-infused spaces that are a core element of Japandi decor. Instead opt for lightweight panels, pleated blinds, and floaty sheers that are neat, and tailored, and let maximum light flood in through windows. Choose natural linens and soft textured weaves in plain colours and soft, mineral tones.

Better still, consider ditching curtains and blinds altogether and opting for the frosted film at bedroom windows, like the Cherry Blossom film by Purlfrost above. Positioned on lower panes, it will provide privacy while still letting in plenty of light. Opt for pretty blossom prints or simple geometrics to add just a subtle hint of pattern.

Adding decorative interest to the windows is a great way to make your house look more expensive from the outside on a budget too, an added benefit from dressing the inside.

5. Incorporate timber panelling

Relaxed Japandi bedroom with wood paneling feature wall and art work

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Despite Scandinavia and Japan being such different cultures and geographically apart, both share many of the same core design principles. Recognizing the beauty of natural materials and respect for craftsmanship is key, together with an appreciation for functionality and simplicity in design.

Using wood and timber as part of the decor is a design element that both share. From rustic timber cladding in Scandi-style oak, pine, or teak, to sleek vertical slats and panel screens made of Japanese-style Cedar, Red Pine, or Cypress. 

Panelling one wall in timber or adding a feature panel behind a bed is a stylish way of creating a focal point in a Japandi bedroom idea that will add warmth and colour too. DIY wall panelling has become hugely popular for making a home look more expensive on a budget, so is always a welcome addition to a stylish home.

"Wood is at the heart of Japandi interiors, due to its associations with nature, homeliness, and relaxation," says Yvonne. "Natural materials are proven to increase wellbeing in the home so it’s important to incorporate these materials in functional spaces. To cheat slightly, place some natural wooden slat wallpaper on one of the walls to make it feel like you’re in a spa."

6. Create a fusion of cool and warm colours

Japandi bedroom scheme with ladder towel and bed with coral and blue accent colors

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When it comes to the Japandi colour palette, it’s often a combination of the bright, light and cool tones of Scandinavia, partnered with the traditional Japanese palette, which features darker, richer and more earthy tones, which work well as accent interior paint colours.

Make the two palettes work in unison, by opting for cooler tones and paler shades as background colours, with deeper shades reserved for furniture and soft furnishings. Darker tones of black, brown and charcoal work well as accent colours, helping to provide edge and definition.

"Introducing the Japandi look into your home is a great way to create a sense of peace and tranquillity," says Helen Shaw, director at Benjamin Moore. "The simple scheme can be built around a neutral palette and colours seen in nature which will feel grounding and help to ensure the room feels serene." Unsurprisingly all of these shades are ranked in the list of best bedroom paint colours.

"Consider soft sage green hues to add a pop of colour without being overwhelming, as well as warm beige and grey tones which are a great alternative to white."

7. Choose low level furniture

Japandi bedroom with sage green wall, low bed and woven beside table

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Obstacle-free layouts are an essential part of minimalist design, as well as being beneficial to make a small bedroom look bigger

When it comes to arranging your bedroom leaving breathing space around furniture creates a better sense of flow from room to room, as well as allowing more light to travel through the space.

Japandi-style sleeping platforms or low-level beds are central to the look and suit the aesthetic perfectly. Somewhere in between a Japanese-style futon and a low-rise Scandi-style bedstead, the benefits of a low-level bed are that they make a bedroom feel more spacious, stay cooler (as hot air rises), and are easier to climb into too. 

Add to the literal coolness with a selection of the best cooling pillows, to enhance the overall comfort of your bed.

8. Create zen with balanced lighting

Japandi bedroom bedroom with low lights

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Lighting is a vital part of the Japandi aesthetic. In Scandinavian interiors, mood lighting is a necessity to counter the dark and gloomy winters, while Japanese culture puts value on creating serenity and calm, with the Japanese style marrying the two.

Avoid common lighting mistakes by positioning lighting strategically to increase the sense of balance and flow in a Japandi bedroom, creating pools of light to make the space feel warm and cosy. Low-hung light pendants on either side of the bed are practical and give the space some symmetry too.

A sophisticated level of lighting is an easy way to make your bedroom feel more expensive and make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel too.

9. Focus on bedding

How to get Japandi style with red leafy bedlinen

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In any bedroom scheme, the bed is generally the focal point, so even if there is minimal colour or pattern in the rest of the interior, the bed is the one area where you can go to town a little. 

Layer up the bed with linens in subdued, muted tones for a soft and soothing effect, or introduce a little extra colour by going for earthier reds, terracotta, or darker denim blues.

Introduce subtle patterns here too, with leafy prints, stylised botanicals, or blossom-inspired designs on duvet covers and cushions. We love the print of this Japandi duvet set in red clay, from Fy!.

Organic bedding is a worthwhile investment when looking for bed sheets – organic cotton and linens help to regulate body temperature and humidity naturally.

10. Connect with nature

Japandi bedroom with potted plant beside the bed and eucalyptus in handing vases

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Both cultures have a connection with nature, so pull in touches of greenery around the bedroom to bring the outdoors in. Try small arrangements of house plants in pots and hanging planters, mini Bonsai trees or tubs filled with bamboo.

Plants are the perfect finishing touch and will help to pull the paired back scheme together without it feeling overly done. Consider consulting the best places to buy plants online who share recommendations on what plants are most suitable. Also, keep in mind that certain plants can help with condensation and improve indoor air quality – ideal attributes for a bedroom.

Alternatively, create a sculptural display by filling a simple ceramic vase with a few stems of cherry blossom or a shapely branch.

For the best of both worlds, use the cosy appeal of Scandi style with the softer pieces of Japanese decor, to accessorise the spaces in your home. Dried Pampas Grass has Japandi interior written all over it. Place some of the grass in a clear vase in your bedroom, to create a serene and calming environment.

11. Layer textures throughtout

Japandi bedroom with wooden walls and beige upholstered bed with rust colored bedding on a subtle patterned rug

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When styling a primarily neutral colour palette the decor can benefit enormously from layering different textures to add depth and a tactile quality. Scandi is famous for its cosy and warming textures while Japanese design is famed for the artistic touches using exquisite patterns and materials. 

The fusion of the two styles creates Indulgent textures that will help to create hygge and patterns that will add vibrancy and decadence. Layer the bed with tactile throws and patterned cushions to inject an accent of decoration. 

Rugs are hugely significant in Japandi decor, to add both texture and warmth to floors. Position an oversized rug beside the bed to cover a large floor area, to welcome with a subtly patterned design made from natural materials to introduce a touch of Japandi style to your flooring.

What is a Japandi style bedroom?

A Japandi-style bedroom is effortlessly chic, with a rawness that keeps it grounded rather than looking too curated and polished like the quiet luxury decor trend. The beauty of a Japandi bedroom aesthetic is that it keeps a touch of Scandinavian cosiness and comfort in mind while factoring in the Japanese theory of ‘wabi-sabi’ - where nothing should be too polished. The results are an effortlessly serene space that is not only stylish but sure to help you sleep better, too.

The colours are mostly neutral, but that's not to say strong hues don't feature because red and black or also key colours that are often incorporated into the look. the general rule when it comes to adding accent colours is to seek pigments derived from nature. So black is reminiscent of charcoal, red is the colour of glay and terracotta while greens are of course taken from plants and the natural world.

Japandi bedrooms may be one of the most popular bedroom trends of 2023 but it's a timeless aesthetic that is more of a lifestyle than a fad or a soon-to-be outdated interior design trend, so rest assured that Japandi bedrooms will always prove popular.

Lisa Fazzani
Homes and interiors journalist

Lisa is a freelance journalist who has written about interiors for more than 25 years and has worked on all the major homes titles, primarily Ideal Home, but also including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Style at Home, Livingetc, Woman & Home, Easy Gardens and Good Homes magazines. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person, as well as being a serial shopper/bargain hunter.

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