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Mixing Scandi interior design with Japanese minimalism, how to create a Japandi bathroom in six stylish steps

A fusion of modern Scandi interior design and Japanese minimalism, Japandi is being touted as the new trend that combines warm tones and natural forms with eye-catching accents. 

Reflecting a surge in popularity; there are now thousands of posts tagged with #japandi on Instagram and a boom in more searches asking ‘what is Japandi?’ 

With growing interest in the harmonious decor style, what better place to celebrate bamboo, wood and neutral hues than the bathroom, suggests one leading bathroom design company. 

From wooden bathroom accessories and humidity-loving houseplants, to floating vanity units and neutral coloured flooring options, there are multiple ways to incorporate Japandi styling into your space.   

With growing interest in the harmonious decor style, what better place to celebrate bamboo, wood and neutral hues than the bathroom…

The experts from Victorian Plumbing have come up with six routes to a Japandi style bathroom. Read on for top interior design inspo…

It’s all about the colour palette

Japandi design favours a muted colour palette of dusty greys, pale blues and soft pinks and richer tones such as teal, indigo, emerald and black. Start with a neutral shade and create contrast by adding a mix of light woods and stark black hues. Keep the palette monochrome for a relaxing feel, but don’t be afraid to incorporate vibrant tones through houseplants or small vases. 

It’s all about minimalism

The object of this exercise is to blend a Japanese aesthetic with the classic modernity of contemporary Scandinavian style. So look for wall mounted features to maximise surface space and choose contemporary finishes such as matt black or brushed gold to adhere to the Japanese colour palette. For easy decor inspiration, take from Scandi style and consider a patterned or wooden bath mat, wooden stool or bath caddy. 

Contrasting furniture is cool

Japandi looks to nature for inspiration. Bamboo and rattan furniture, linen soft furnishing, and accessories with a natural finish will achieve the perfect foundation, and Japanese features such as tatami mats and origami shades complete the look. 

Mixing both trends makes for harmonious contrast. Use a mix of wood tones and begin to incorporate pieces with both curved and straight lines to add a unique sense of texture to the bathroom. 

Be one with nature

Natural fibres and sustainable materials are key ingredients when it comes to Japandi style. When searching for decorative pieces for your Japandi style, look towards indoor plants, but instead of colourful flower displays, go for the simple deep greenery of a houseplant in an understated terracotta pot, or elegant vase. 

Low light, high humidity and temperature fluctuations need to be considered when choosing plants for a bathroom. Opt for a spider plant, aloe vera, snake plant or Chinese evergreen, which thrive in the bathroom environment. 

To instill a sense of  tranquility, focus on raw materials like marble, wood, brass and slate.  

Clean and clear is the mantra

Decluttered, functional spaces are essential to creating a zen-filled interior. The minimalist Japandi vibe advocates zero clutter. Try establishing free-flowing floor and countertop space by clearing toiletries and other bathroom products, choose a wall hung vanity unit to free up floor space and give the illusion of a bigger bathroom, or opt for enclosed storage baskets. 

Finally, add texture to your space 

The base of the bathroom should be kept clean and minimal, but textures will bring warmth and personality into the room. The Japanese are recognised for incorporating beautiful patterns into their interiors, while the Scandinavian trend is known for adding intensity through accessories. Combine the two trends by adding a patterned bath mat, Namiko hand towels or a stylish plant pot! 

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