How consumers are embracing calm, minimal Japandi-style bathrooms

BathroomsFeatures Mon 25th Apr 2022 by Nicola Hanley

How consumers are embracing calm, minimal Japandi-style bathrooms

How consumers are embracing calm, minimal Japandi-style bathrooms

Feature by Nicola Hanley | Mon 25th Apr 2022

Nicola is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about interiors for 15 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, she has also worked in PR and is now a freelance writer specialising in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. More

A soothing blend of Japanese design and Scandinavian style, the Japandi interiors trend has led to contemporary, wooden furniture taking centre stage in spa-style bathrooms. Nicola Hanley takes a look at this simple yet effective aesthetic.

Keuco has embraced organic materials and textures with its Edition Lignatur solid wood furniture collection, which gives a nod to the Japandi trend. Designed by Tesseraux + Partner, it is newly available in wild white oak, pictured, and features unique prominent dark knots

The perfect fusion of Japanese design and Scandinavian style, Japandi is the ultimate east-meets-west interiors trend. Offering a relaxed, minimal and modern aesthetic and characterised by natural materials and neutral colours, it’s a look that has captured the imagination of designers and consumers keen to create tranquil, spa-style bathrooms. 

Designed by Sebastian Herkner, Duravit’s new Zencha collection was inspired by Japanese rituals and craftsmanship. Seen here in a Natural Oak finish, the wall-mounted vanity unit and tall cabinet have a delicate, 6mm frame which enhances the furniture’s light, minimalist look

Japandi is not a new trend, but it is one that has gained traction in recent months, with contemporary wooden bathroom furniture leading the way. “Largely due to the stresses of the pandemic and the home being transformed into a multifunctional workspace, individuals find themselves in desperate need for that sanctuary space to take time out from the stresses of everyday life,” explains Holly Aspinall, channel marketing manager for retail and GAC at Geberit. “Japandi style achieves this with combined simplicity, natural elements and comfort. It’s no surprise we’re seeing more and more people combining the rustic minimalism of Scandinavian interior design with sleek Japanese functionality. The fusion has come along at the perfect time, blending function and form, focussing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colours.”

In Light Hickory, Geberit’s Renova furniture range comes in a variety of configurations and features clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, making it ideal for designers keen to introduce Japandi style to bathrooms of all sizes

With its solid oak worktop and Beech legs, Crosswater’s Artist 800mm-wide, single-drawer vanity unit in matt white is a great option for clients looking to embrace natural materials and a neutral colour palette

Favouring sustainable furniture, Japandi design is “a clear antidote to one-off, fast-fashion interior design purchases, with wooden bathroom furniture the obvious choice,” continues Aspinall. “The natural finish creates a sense of warmth and cosiness, whilst also delivering on functionality and longevity.”

Ideal for clients keen to create a boutique hotel vibe with ‘his and hers’ vanity units, the RAK-Joy modular furniture range from RAK Ceramics is available in a range of widths and finishes, including Scandinavian Oak, pictured

Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director at RAK Ceramics, agrees. “The trend creates a very clean, minimal look which is always popular in the bathroom,” he says. “Nature-inspired materials bring a sense of calm and tranquility into the home, something that is very important to people, particularly at the moment. Light coloured wood furniture is also very versatile, so it can be added to existing decors or combined with lots of other colours and materials quite happily.” 

Available in seven finishes, including this pale Nordic Oak, Utopia Bathrooms’ Qube range of bathroom furniture features open-shelf base and wall units, which enhance its natural look and relaxed styling

Another noting the popularity of contemporary, Japandi-style wooden bathroom is Helen Clark, head of marketing at Utopia, who attributes its popularity to the ongoing ‘back to nature’ move, with homeowners enjoying the soothing, harmonious feel of natural materials and the sanctuary they create. “It’s a look that’s typified by very clean lines, simple styling and a definite organic dimension,” she says. 

Featuring a warm woodgrain finish, Mereway Bathrooms’ contemporary Vogue vanity unit and tall cabinet in Natural Oak and white meets the demand for simple styling and clean, uncluttered spaces

Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, shares this view. “The Japandi trend has stemmed out of a love of simplicity,” he says. “It can appeal to those who like the functional Scandi style but with a warmer base palette and a pared-back minimalism that creates a sleek, sophisticated look. The tones and textures of wood work well with stone and whites so there is an appealing aesthetic when these are used together for bathroom furniture units and countertops. Wood has natural warm tones so it blends well with fresh, clean ceramics and therefore it is popular with Japandi designs. It is a material that has been used for thousands of years and each piece of wood is unique, which nicely links to the Japanese idea of imperfect beauty – ‘wabi-sabi’.” 

HiB’s Blend furniture comes in a trio of neutral colours, including Sherwood Oak, which gives this versatile collection a Japandi look and feel. The wall-hung drawer unit pictured comes in widths of 600mm or 800mm

Incorporating contemporary wooden bathroom furniture into a new or existing design is an effortless way to inject some relaxed, Japandi style to the bathroom without dating it, says RAK Ceramics’ Ben Bryden.  And, adds HiB’s Ash Chilver, designers have plenty to work with: "Either freestanding or wall-hung wooden units would be suitable as long as they complement the requirement of simple, minimalist style with a clear, functional purpose,” he says.

VitrA’s Nest Trendy furniture range combines contemporary lines with modern functionality and comes in a variety of finishes including waved natural wood, pictured, grey natural wood and high-gloss white

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