The Japandi color palette includes layers of neutrals, with black accents and greenery from nature. Balancing these colors creates a calming, serene atmosphere.

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Japandi is a hybrid of Japanese minimalism & Scandinavian cozy, based on the philosophies of wabi-sabi and hygge respectively.

Combining these philosophies creates the Japandi fundamentals; embrace minimalism, nature, neutrals and comfort. ☺️


"...nature is the great master of wabi-sabi philosophy, because it is the inspiration for the beauty of that which is imperfect, incomplete and perishable." 🍃⁠- Nobuo Suzuki⁠

As we explore the Japandi color palette, remember to appreciate imperfections. Nothing is perfect (wabi-sabi), colors are inspired from nature and materials and nothing has to be exact.

We love how interior designer Laura Calleeuw invites nature inside and surrounds it with calming neutrals. photo @lc_interiordesigner.

The Japandi Color Palette is most commonly associated with the calming Japandi interior design style. Neutral colors absolutely help create calming spaces, making the Japandi style very desireable.

The Japandi Color Palette can be applied to rooms in a variety of ways; furniture, textiles, decor, window treatments, walls/ceiling/floor, and lighting.

Maria Killam Understanding Undertones®

Neutral colors are calming, timeless and easy to style.

Examples of Neutral Colours

Whites, browns, blacks, greys, beiges, taupes, and surrounding variations.

All neutrals, due to being easy to look at, commonly symbolize relaxation, neutrality, and tranquility.

Neutral colors are muted shades that appear to lack color but often have underlying hues that change with different lighting.

The four most common are black, white, brown and grey, and are created by mixing two complementary colors, making these to be considered 'pure' neutrals.

"80% of the time, when choosing a paint colour, we’re looking for a neutral or a white." - Maria Killam

Maria Killam is an acclaimed decorator, stylist, and a leading authority on colour.

We really like that Maria brings up the point of undertones and gradations of white. Colors can be warm (oranges, yellows, reds, etc) or cool (blues, purples). Neutrals will have undertones you can start to notice. Cool gray with a warm beige may not be complementary. Maria Killam's Understanding Undertones® Neutral Colour Wheel (shown above) includes her 9 most useful neutral undertones and 4 most useful gradiations of white.

Now let's explore how the Japandi Neutral Colour Palette can be applied to interiors.

Layering Neutrals

We love how interior designer Laura Calleeuw combines layers of complimenting neutrals all working together in harmony creating a peaceful, restorative space. Laura includes neutrals in textures in the walls, textiles, materials and showcases nature's beauty with natural wood accents. Explore more of Laura's stellar designs @lc_interiordesigner.

Layer different tones, shades or tints of neutrals to create a calm, serene Japandi interior. A calming neutral palette is inspired, timeless and creates a comforting environment. 

Ways to layer neutrals:

Japandi encourages a change in thought; buy less, buy better.

Neutral Furniture Made-for-lifetimes

Embracing the Japandi fundamentals of minimalism, nature, neutrals and comfort means Japandi inspired furniture includes:

  • High-quality natural materials
  • Minimal, timeless design
  • Comfort in materials and thoughtful design
  • Durability, sustainability, circularity, meant-for-longer
  • Celebrate imperfections, age, wear-and-tear

When seeking out neutral furniture for your Japandi inspired room, check out the CondeHouse Collection.

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Black Accent

Japandi interiors are calming. This can be created by focusing on the lighter neutrals; beige, grey, taupes, creams, whites. This lightness will be balanced by the colors of natural materials. Black accents are often included providing contrast and timelessness.

There are no hard rules; Japandi is an inspiration to help you find calm in a stressful world.

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Japandi Colour Palette using warm beige, inclusive of various wood tones in natural materials. The black accent in the bowl and bird create a visual focal point, balancing the light neutrals. Inspirational design by Laura Calleeuw @lc_interiordesigner.

Embrace Nature

In addition to neutrals, Japandi embraces plants, beauty in nature's imperfections, the color of natural materials and appreciates their wear-and-tear.

Include green plants (typically non-flowery) and natural materials (woods, stones, metals) when creating your Japandi interior.  Seek out wood furniture showcasing the beauty in the grain, timeless pieces meant-to-last (which helps reduce fast-product waste.)

And remember to include plants. Plants increase focus and creativity and can help alleviate stress, depression and anxiety. ☺️🌱

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Japandi Lifestyle Color Palette

In addition to interiors, the Japandi Color Palette is applied in a Japandi lifestyle. Japandi as a lifestyle embraces minimalism, nature, neutrals and comfort.

High-quality natural materials meant-to-last, easy to intermix neutrals, and comfort. Carry over the Japandi color palette into your daily rituals with Japandi apparel, footwear, bath & body and scents.

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In summary, the Japandi Color Palette features neutrals and colors of nature. Be inspired and remember to celebrate imperfection. 😌

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