Japandi style interior decor is continuing to be a big trend in 2023 and if you’re a fan, you’re in for a treat with these wonderful Japandi aesthetic wallpaper ideas. With their clean, precise lines, regular shapes and cool colours, this blend of traditional Japanese style and Scandinavian design elements results in distinctive wallpaper designs that are perfect for your home and can add a calming feel to your decor. Let’s dig deeper into what the Japandi style of decorating is and how you can nail it in your home with your wall decor.
What is Japandi style?
The Japandi interior design style is an interesting trend that is essentially a fusion of Japanese design with Scandinavian style. Both styles share a love of minimalism and simplicity, and the Japandi aesthetic involves soft hues, muted natural colours and cosy comfort in a similar way to popular Scandi elements.
At first glance, they might seem like two contrasting styles to be fused together, but when you look more closely at the philosophies of life that lie at the core of both styles, you can see why they’re such as perfect combination.
The Japanese have the idea of Wabi-Sabi that promotes the importance of finding beauty in simplicity and imperfection, and the Scandinavians have the concept of Hygge (‘hoo-gah’) which celebrates the importance of contentment, wellbeing and cosiness.
So Japandi was born as a blend of both concepts, of East and West, bringing together the modern lines of Scandinavian design with the functional and elegant aesthetic of Japan.
Japandi colour palette
The typical colour palette of Japandi interior design combines the bright, light colours of Scandinavian style with the warm and natural tones of Japanese decorating. Think neutral colors such as white, cream or beige mixed with warm sage green, terracotta, brown or grey.
The key emphasis is on nature, light and space and rooms typically feature plenty of fresh green plants and a clutter-free environment.
There are no hard and fast rules, so you can add your own touches of muted shades such as blue, green or pink if you wish.
10 Best Japandi wallpapers for your home decor
If you want to create a Japandi interior, wallpapers and Japandi wall murals are ideal for helping you create the look with ease. There are lots of Japandi style wallpapers available, in some suitably calming colours and designs – here are our top 10 picks.
Japanese Wave wallpaper
This beautiful wallpaper features a classic Japanese wave motif and is available in several soft pastel colourways, including this green and white. The green colour palette is soothing to look at and the design of the waves adds a calming feel to a room. In fact, you can almost see the movement of the waves as you look it. It would be the ideal Japandi wallcovering for a bedroom or living room. It’s available from Feathr.
Morning Mountain Mist wallpaper
This morning mountain mist wallpaper is beautifully soothing and minimal in design, adding a tranquil atmosphere to a room. Even better is that it’s produced as a custom fit, so you can provide your own wall measurements. Choose between a paste the wall (where you supply your own wallpaper adhesive) and self adhesive option (perfect if you want an adhesive backing to just stick wallpaper straight on the wall with minimal hassle). Available from HappyWall.
Bed of Reeds Japandi style wallpaper
This is really unusual wallpaper design (and quite possibly our favourite), that is oozing with natural texture and movement. It’s designed by Outi Mustonen and was originally created with strips of cloth soaked in paint. The neutral colours of the sand colourway, coupled with the textural design (it looks reminiscent of bamboo), make it an ideal contender for a Japandi interior design. It’s available from Feathr.
Ogata Kuren wallpaper
This gorgeous mint green Ogata Kuren wallpaper features a classic Japanese crane bird design. The white cranes are shown with their wings open and beaks pointing upwards, with details in navy and red, and it’s a stunning Japandi design. There are five other colourways available too, including a soft peach which is equally suitable for a Japandi interior. Available from Lust Home.
Blue Bamboo wall mural
This blue bamboo wall mural is one of the wall coverings that will add a sense of calm and serenity to your home. The white canvas wallpaper, with its textured effect, features a delicate Japandi blue ink bamboo drawing. The mural can be made to order on a choice of premium papers. Buy it at WallpaperMural.
Takeda Cherry Blossom wallpaper
Another iconic Japanese motif is the exotic cherry blossom and it’s been brilliantly brought to life in Japandi style on this wallpaper mural. Designed by La Feature Wall Murals, the delicate blooms on the Takeda cherry blossom design paper are subtly set off by the sand background. It’s also available in eight more colourways, so there’s bound to be one that fits your home. Available from Feathr.
Beige Japandi wallpaper mural
This lovely beige Japandi wallpaper is a made-to-measure mural that features crane birds on reeds. It offers a stylish way to add Japanese minimalism into your home decor. Order yours at Wallsauce.
Japandi Wave wallpaper
Another wave design wallpaper, but this time in a more contemporary linear style print. The Japandi Wave wallpaper evokes the feel of water and it’s a lovely shade of blue. It’s available from North & Nether.
Ki Japandi wallpaper
This tree design Japandi wallpaper is by Tecnografica Italian wallcoverings. The design is a lovely combination of Oriental and Nordic styles and is the ideal design to bring a sense of nature into your home. It’s available in several minimal color palettes and is perfect combined with fresh green plants in a room.
Scion Passaro wallpaper
You can instantly see the Scandinavian influence in this stylised bird design Japandi style collection of wallpaper from Scion. The lino cut design features cheerful looking birds perched on branches. The wallpaper is available in three colourways, but we rather like the soft muted colours of steel grey, blue and a hint of rose pink, in the rose/steel option. The wallpaper is available to purchase from Scion.
Tips for buying Japandi wallpaper
When you’re buying wallpaper for a home decorating project, keep these tips in mind to help you get the best results:
- It’s normal for there to be slight color variations or tiny differences between the design repeat of different batches of wallpaper. For the best end result, always try and buy all the paper type you need in one go, rather than as separate purchases, so that they’re from the same batch.
- If you only want the design on one wall, or in a small room such as a cloakroom, mural designs may work better for you instead. Many of the mural wallcoverings can be made to order using your own measurements, so there’s no wastage from buying a whole roll of wallpaper.
- If you’re shopping for wallpaper online, get samples of wallpapers first. This helps you get an idea of the exact colours of the design, as well as the type of paper (for example, if it’s heavyweight fsc paper) that’s used.
- If you like to frequently change your decor in line with new trends, then removable wallpaper might be a good choice for you.
- Unsure how much Japanese wallpaper to order? Use a free wallpaper calculator tool to help you work out the right amount. In case of any unexpected wastage or mistakes, it’s always worth buying an extra roll just in case. If you have paper left over, you could use it cover furniture, line drawers, make framed wall art or other creative ideas.
Materials to use with Japandi style wall decor
Once you’ve got your walls decorated with Japandi style wallpaper, you may be wondering what sort of materials to use to accessorize your room. Although Japandi style is minimal and has an emphasis on a clutter-free environment, it also recognises the importance of natural fibres, natural materials and handmade items and a few well chosen pieces can help to personalize your space and balance the clean decor lines to create an attractive modern Japandi interior.
Some of the organic and natural materials worth incorporating with your Japandi wall decor for an authentic, rounded look include:
Rattan – choose pieces of furniture or accessories made from rattan, such as light shades, chairs or storage options.
Wood – the Japanese favour stained or painted wooden pieces and furniture with curves, but natural wood works equally well. Look for vintage or reclaimed pieces of furniture for sustainability.
Wicker – great for furniture like chairs or side tables, as well as trays and baskets.
Bamboo – a lovely durable and sustainable natural material for furniture, trays, bamboo benches or headboards
Linen – natural materials in delicate colors can be used for cushions, throw pillows or furniture upholstery.
Organic cotton – use cotton materials to add rustic minimalism for curtains, blinds or soft furnishings.
Velvet – add a touch of soft velvet for texture and layering, for example for upholstery on a chair or sofa.
Silk – add a touch of soft and luxurious silk in the form of cushions.
Stone – use natural stone tiles in a kitchen and mix different textures.
Pottery and stoneware – a handmade piece of pottery or stoneware in earth tones is the ideal touch of elegance for a Japandi room.
Clay – clay art pieces with simple lines make great accessories for a Japandi room.
Hopefully this has given you a good insight into the range of Japandi wallpapers available, the typical colour palettes associated with Japandi style, and how to use the design trend when decorating your own home. Do let us know which are your favourite Japandi wallpapers or drop us a comment below if you’ve got any more recommendations.