How To Create A Japandi Style Dining Room

The combination of traditional Japanese style and Scandinavian design known as Japandi has become increasingly popular over the last few years. 

Both design styles are rooted in simplicity with an earthy color palette, which makes Japandi the perect compliment to a dining room space.

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What is Japandi Interior Style, The Latest Design Trend in Decorating Modern Homes

You might not think Japanese Design and Scandinavian Design have much in common, but they are more alike than you might expect.

Each has a distinct aesthetic that emphasizes simplicity, natural components, and comfort, so it’s no surprise that more and more designers are combining the two styles and calling it “Japandi” (aka Japanese and Scandi). Expect to see Japandi pop up on your Instagram feeds this year, even though it is a relatively new trend.

Despite being named for blending Japanese Style and Scandinavian styles, Japandi is a completely new minimalistic design all of its own.

In essence, Japandi is a combination of bright, simple, and uncomplicated interiors with natural themes and rustic materials and a light but contrasting color palette and clear lines, perfect interior design. The style also prioritizes form and function in the same way that its main influences do.

Create a functional dining space with the Japandi style

Put aesthetics aside for a moment and consider your living space’s utility.

The Japandi style tells us that an interior’s aesthetic alone is insufficient to elicit the desired feelings or create a healing retreat. Rather, the room must be utilitarian in order to improve your quality of life.

To bring functionality into your dining rooms and every other room, you should carefully consider every piece of furniture and every décor element.

Your goal is to make your life easier by arranging furniture to take advantage of natural light and paying specific attention to the floors. The carpets and area rugs you choose for your flooring can make a huge impact in terms of usefulness and aesthetics.

A Neutral Foundation

The Japandi style is defined by neutral, earthy tones that complement one another and create a relaxing atmosphere.

For example, you can’t go wrong with white walls. Or, if you want something a little warmer, an oat-like cream paint on the walls is a great alternative. Having a fresh pale wall will allow the rest of the décor to define the look and feel of the room.

With a neutral foundation, you have plenty of possibilities to play around with earthy tones, patterns, and textures on the furniture and especially the accents. 

Don’t be afraid to add contrasting accents like ornate seat pads and textured table linens. It will all tie in together, creating different textures. Also by adding vases and other accents in natural hues will give your room a complete & finished feel.

Natural Elements are Key

Both Japanese interiors and Danish designers value the natural warmth found in wood.

You should try and integrate it into your home with crucial pieces of furniture, ideally with minimal surface treatments. It is stressful to point out that you don’t want too much furniture in one room. It will become overbearing, completely not what Japandi design stands for.

Wood-paneled walls are a terrific addition to any room as they add texture and depth. It’s also a way to make the room grounded if you have tall ceilings.

The cornerstone of both Japanese and Scandinavian home design is bringing the outside inside to create a sense of nature in your living area.

Having a potted plant in the dining rooms is not just a classic design aesthetic; they also improve the air quality in your home, among other things, because of the contrast that they produce in a space. House plants like Monsteras, yuccas, palms, succulents, and bonsais are all excellent alternatives for a Japandi style home.

Colors of Japandi

Those that lean toward the Scandi aesthetic will most likely use a white or neutral-based palette with bold accents. Others will opt for vast expanses of vibrant color on walls and other surfaces.

Natural tones like blues, greens, plums, and browns are used consistently. Whether you swing more towards scandi or not.

In Japandi-styled rooms, black has become hugely popular in the design. People love the rawness and richness that the color brings to the wood tones and how it highlights their statement-furniture.

Accessorize with Thought

Accessories that prioritize functionality over decoration are crucial.

Flow and form are primary pillars of the Japandi trend. Incorporating simple patterns into your home decor, keeping surfaces free of clutter, and using non-ornate furniture can help achieve this look.

Limiting accessories on cabinets, having glass tabletops, and choosing geometric accent pieces are all also good ways to create clean lines when redecorating your home in Japandi style.

Remember that you don’t need to be as rigid when decorating a Japandi home as you would be with a minimalist design style.

Think beautiful unglazed ceramic tableware, chic vases, and a couple of books for talking points.

Lastly, combine Scandi’s homely comforts with Japanese imperfection through contrasting soft furnishings and linens.

But most importantly. Don’t over-accessorize!

Japandi Furniture Picks for your Dining Spot

Dining Room Table

When thinking about the main focus of your dining rooms, your dining table. Think about what material you would like to be made from.

Think about using natural materials such as wood and stone.

A Natural Wood Tone is my ultimate preferred choice when thinking of using a wood top in designs as it gives the room a feel of rustic minimalism, cozy, and inviting.

There are so many choices for picking your choice for the colors of wood you want to use. And feel free to mix and match as Japanese interiors like to mix wood tones.

With having the option of darker wood stains like walnut or light woods such as beech, you can create beautiful spaces that are either moody and dark or bright spaces, leaning more towards the scandi vibes, style of the room. This is a typical Japanese furniture with natural woods

The Belfast Dining Table

I fell in love with this table the moment I saw it! I loved that it was a round table as I’m not too fond of the feeling of the conversation being split due to who is at what end of the table, a very communal table design.

The washed oak wood tone is perfect for a light and airy design and will look stunning with a lot of natural light.

The legs on this table add that element of design that promotes interest while all being sleek, minimal, and practical.

Dimensions: 60″ diameter x 30″H

The Como

The Como Dining Table screams japan. With this design being clean-lined and minimalistic, it adds a modern, minimalist touch to your dining room.

This altar-style dining table is made of solid birch wood and has a sleek black finish with subtle gold accents for a touch of glitz.

The Como is a narrow but long table that seats up to eight people comfortably. I loved this as I could lay the table to fit everyone in my family comfortably.

Dimensions: 95.25″W x 28″D x 30.5″H

The Meridian

The very modern Meridian dining table includes naturally attractive bluestone or white marble accented by hand-finished oak, promoting fashion-forward aesthetics that fit nicely with the more industrial side of Japandi.

The hand-cut stone tabletop is strategically matched with a radically slanted, spider-leg aluminum table base to add distinctive style to your dining room.

Dimensions: 78.75″ W X 43.25″ D X 29.75″ H

Dining Chairs

When you start to look for chairs to pair with the dining table, make sure that the design is comfortable, and if you need the chairs to be pushed under the table completely so that you can have as much floor space as possible to move around it when you aren’t using the table.

Dining Chairs are a great way to express your personality, as they are usually sat on and not seen all of the time due to being pushed under the table.

The stylish Jagger dining chairs are made of genuine mahogany and handcrafted by Indonesian artisans.

For increased protection and a delicate sheen, hand-stained finishes in a deep, black tone are meticulously applied, sanded, and sealed with lacquer.

Metal embellishments with a brass finish are stained and coated to give a warm contrast to the rich, dark wood. There are also different fabric options for chair seats.

Robin Wishbone

The Robin Dining Chair Collection has a simple, stylish design that is functional and adaptable to various types and dining room aesthetics.

Wishbone chair frames are extremely popular right now! I love them as they are full of character and flair.

They are handcrafted from solid beech or ash wood, which has been steam-bent and hand-finished. Artisans skillfully apply rich tones, which are then finished with lacquer for enhanced durability and a delicate gloss.

Create Soft Lighting

It’s important to set the right mood  especially in your dining room, no one wants to sit under bright lights while they’re eating, and at the same time, what good is a dark and moody room where you can’t even see your food?! 

Mood lighting is an integral part of Japandi styling. You want to make your space feel calm, comfortable and effortlessly stylish at the same time. This might sound very difficult to achieve but creating soft lighting for your Japandi style dining room is much easier than you might think. 

These days you can easily find a lot of great lighting options perfect for a Japandi style dining room from all over the world! Here are some of our easy to style and favourite Japandi Lights:

Perfect for minimalistic lighting needs. This sleek, versatile piece was designed by Paolo Rizzatto in 1973 and features an adjustable arm to direct the soft light.

Ideal for reading nooks or dining tables, this modern wall light will give your home a contemporary look. Whether used as a main light or accent piece, this stylish and timeless wall light is sure to impress. 

Dimensions: H35xW205xD85cmAdjustable arm

Weight: 6kg – Cable length: 203cm

Bulb required: E27

Wall Art & Decor

While too many wall hangings are a no-no in Japanese home decor, a few geometric or nature-themed art pieces, a colorful tapestry, a wooden mirror, or other minimalist wall hangings can help your house feel more like home wall art.

Photos of sentimental significance that evoke happy memories or creative inspiration should be minimized. After all, unlike pure minimalism, the Japandi style does not discourage such personal touches as long as they are done tastefully and in moderation.

Abstract Black and White Painting

Using a basic composition of non-figurative shapes in a bright, monochromatic palette characterizes this beautiful, large-scale painting.

It’s hand-painted on gallery-wrapped raw canvas and framed with a simple natural floater frame to maintain attention to the artwork.

It provides a gorgeous focal point and is sure to attract attention and spark a conversation around your table.

Dimensions: 49″W x 2.25″D x 81″H

This vibrantly green triptych is absolutely stunning. Enlarging the print to scale reveals the natural features of a fern branch. Taking you on a journey deeper into wabi-sabi by appreciating the natural environment.

It is printed on natural paper and framed in matte black wood.

This artwork will add a touch of earthy charm to your dining space.

Dimensions: 24″ W X 1.38″ D X 31.5″ H

Irvine Taper Holders

With the Irvine Taper Holders, you can create the perfect centerpiece and the ideal mood for your dinner party.

These slender taper holders are made from wrought iron, forged into simple designs with a blackened steel finish, and are vintage-inspired with an industrial flair.

Irvine Taper Holders are sized for a normal taper candle and will create a warm glow on the dining room table when used as a pair.


Religion, society, and cuisine all influence the type of dinnerware used. Serveware, dinnerware, silverware, and drinkware or glassware are the four categories.

Deciding on tableware can be a demanding task. So I have found the best design out right now to work with your japandi design.

Jars‘ historic craftsmanship is combined with magnificent contemporary designs and lush, gauzy textures created by imprinting linen folds onto unfired stoneware in this unique collection of ceramic dinnerware.

Each item lends a touch of handmade warmth to your table setting, crafted by master potters utilizing secret techniques passed down through centuries.

I loved that these were handmade, making each piece completely unique to your home.

The De dinnerware line, a variation on chiaroscuro, uses painted black and white tones on each porcelain item to experiment with light and shadow.

A “degrade” painted by hand in multiple layers along the piece’s margins creates a careful interplay of lines.

Each piece is really one-of-a-kind, resulting in you having a beautiful yet varied, unique aesthetic for your table.

I really liked this design as I could see fine dining skills being beautifully presented as the gradient drawers your eyes to the centre of the plate.


What is wabi-sabi style?

A wabi-sabi home, in the context of interior design and decor, values authenticity, finds value in the beautifully aged and lived-in and uses simplicity to produce an overall sense of serenity and tranquillity. This is why it is often found in Japandi Designs.

Why is Japandi Popular?

Japandi is becoming popular due to the combination of east and west design and its ability to combine Scandinavian influences with Japanese design traditions.
The organized element of the design produces a peaceful vibe with its pared-down styling, natural materials, and use of craftsmanship, making it the ideal trend for those who enjoy the rustic traditions.