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Japandi bedroom: 5 rules to achieve the look

Would you like to upgrade your bedroom and make it japandi? How can you achieve the typical look and have a truly japandi bedroom? In this article, we’ll give you 5 interior design tips that you can immediately put into practice.


Before you start, you can read more about the japandi style in this article: Japandi: the style everyone's talking about


1. Switch to neutral color tones


A japandi bedroom is not too colorful. Avoid vivid color tones and use earth tones and neutral colors instead. Muted colors work amazingly well in japandi bedrooms, such as greys, browns, beige, or the popular greige, which is a combination of grey and beige. You can add some dark brown or black for contrast, or maybe one accent color to draw the attention, like red. Below you can find some inspiration.



2. Get a low futon bed


In traditional Japanese interiors, furniture was typically low in height, so by selecting low height pieces, you can immediately take a big step towards a japandi bedroom. If you want to have a nice japandi-style bed, you have two options:

  • select a low height futon bed, with a japandi bedframe

  • or you can skip the bedframe entirely - you can just place your mattress on the floor.


If you have a low height bed, it is recommended to match it with low height nightstands as well, or optionally you can have floating nightstands. Floating nightstands have the advantage that you can mount them in any height you prefer, easily matching them with your bed height.



3. Go for natural materials and decor


Japandi bedrooms avoid plastic and other artificial materials. Go for solid wood furniture, natural textile, rugs instead. When selecting decor, organic options will be the best choice, such as plants (for example a bonsai or a sprig of bamboo), grass, tree branches and other natural decorations. In the springtime, don’t forget to place a beautiful cherry blossom as a centerpiece of decor - that is elementary in Japan.



4. Declutter your space


A japandi bedroom never has a cluttered look. Make sure to put things away, and for that, select such furniture that has the right space for storage - built-in cabinets can store a lot, or beds that have built-in drawers. Only your essentials should be visible and avoid having too much decor. In japandi bedrooms, decoration should have a meaning. Quality is always above quantity - remember: less is more.



5. Have something that is Japanese-inspired


The final touch to achieve the truly japandi look is to place a typical Japanese item in your interior. For example, a classic rice paper lamp - use the following search terms: japanese lantern, chōchin or Noguchi lamp.


Japanese artwork also does a great job on your walls. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars on it - today, there are many print shops online which offer reproductions of the original artworks. Look for these artists to start with: Hokusai, Kono Bairei, Taguchi Tomoki, Yatsuo no Tsubaki. If you are a creative person, why not try some similar DIY painting using Japanese motifs?



If you have a larger space, you may want to create two smaller spaces, and for that, typical Japanese room dividers can provide an authentic look. Look for shoji screens: it is a wooden frame with rice paper that lets light through but can efficiently (and aesthetically) separate two spaces.


We hope these tips will help you achieve your japandi bedroom goals!


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