Combine the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi – embracing the beauty and imperfections of nature – with Scandinavian hygge, which is all about cosiness and comfort, to bring the benefits of minimalism and an appreciation of the natural world to your bathroom.


Introduce this soothing concept with soft textures, earthy hues and materials such as rattan and bamboo to create a harmonious haven. We’ve chosen a lighter colour palette to keep the scheme fresh for summer, but the Japandi look also works with black accessories or dark tiles to dial up the drama.

Japandi interiors are underpinned by soft, neutral colour schemes, chosen to promote tranquillity. Think off-white tones, soft greys and blush colours, which all add a sense of serenity to a space. If you want a splash of colour, opt for blue or green shades, while pale yellow adds warmth.
Catharina Björkman, Scandi Lifestyle Expert at Contura

Japandi bathroom ideas

Black metal synergy leaf round wall mirror, £113, Wayfair

Japandi takes inspiration from plant-inspired motifs such as cherry blossom and bamboo leaves.

Quickly ramp up the at-home spa feeling with wooden accessories. The ash wood bath rack (£15) and ash wood duck board (£25) above are both from Dunelm.

Peace lily, from £10, Beards & Daisies

Break up the neutral scheme with plenty of greenery – plants such as Boston ferns and peace lilies thrive in humid environments and are easy to care for. Here are our favourite plants for the bathroom, from ferns to succulents.

Brooklyn outdoor and bathroom globe pendants in brass, £80 each, Industville

Hang warm white LED lights either side of your basin to diffuse a cosy glow around the room.

Meg (@megcoatess on Instagram) added a DIY touch to her Japandi bathroom with wooden slats that add texture and contrast with the curved shower alcove

For a similar print try Abstract paint figure no2 poster (above), from £10.95, Desenio.

water-resistant bamboo furniture is great for bathrooms

Rågrund wash-basin/corner shelf, £25, IKEA

Fill awkward spaces with hard-working furniture. Prevent rot with water-resistant bamboo – just give it a wipe down if the room gets particularly humid.

Alex brass heated towel rail, £295, Victoria Plum

Warm up a cool scheme with metallic touches, reminiscent of the powdered gold used in the Japanese art of kintsugi.

Asanoha Japanese patterned window film, from £25 for 50 x 50cm, Purlfrost

Add privacy to your windows or glazed door panels with patterned window film – a quick cover-up if your bathroom is on the ground floor.

Dial up the drama with some black accessories, like this Orchard Dal black coloured countertop basin - currently on sale for £155 at Victoria Plum.

Vellamo twist matt black basin mixer tap and waste, £89.99, Drench

Cubiko black bathroom mirror shelf unit, £105, Beaumonde

Cubiko black bathroom mirror shelf unit, £105, Beaumonde