Why go for one style when you can have two? Explore the hip hybrid that is Japandi for your home!

You have probably seen and loved this look even before you knew it had a name. We’re referring to Japandi, the cute moniker for the marriage of Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetics for the home that has been trending since last year. You see Japandi in the homes with bright airy interiors, timber flooring, dark neutral-coloured walls, and minimalist but elegant furniture pieces, probably accessorised with a plant or two.


The light hued wood-inspired tiles of Ragno Woodchoice, laid in a chevron pattern, sets this room up for the Japandi look with its Nordic feel.

Nordic style and Japanese minimalism might seem very similar, but they are different in many ways as well. While they go together like hand in glove, they each bring distinctive traits of their respective styles to the palette as well. Let’s explore what Japandi is about and how you can get the look!


Find the tiles in this Japandi moodboard at riceLAB. The tiles express the light timber and darker neutrals of this minimalist trend.

The Nordic look is all about warmth and comfort – think hygge, the buzzword of the interior design world for the past couple of years. Japandi takes the light timbers and relaxed style of Scandinavian design and pairs it with the darker richer shades and refined elegance of Japanese minimalism. Japandi also embodies the less-is-more, and function-led tenets of both styles, keeping furniture pieces to just what is necessary. Accessories are also kept to a minimum and are used as decorations to enhance negative space, as in the Japanese tradition.


The formal elegance of the dark wall is balanced by the warm hues of the Ceramica Panaria Chic Wood tile flooring.

To create the Japandi look, first decide on the materials for the largest surfaces in the room, namely the floor and walls. Go for wood floors in an even refined grain and light colours (classic Nordic style). As you see in the pictures above, tiles are a great substitute for natural wood, and you’ll know your floor will be much easier to maintain too.

Complement with a wall in a richer hue, but keep it neutral (that’s the Japanese influence). Then fill the space with furniture pieces made with natural materials which sport clean elegant profiles. For furniture and accessories, be guided by what you need to feel comfortable in the space, and add nothing more. Plants are always welcome in a Japandi space to add vibrance and life to this quiet look.


Plants add vibrancy to the Japandi look in this space, which features tiles from the Ragno Woodgrace collection on the floor.

Find tiles you can use to create the popular Japandi trend at riceLAB. Make an appointment to visit riceLAB by emailing them here or by calling 6692 1199. riceLAB is at 213 Henderson Road 01.03 Singapore 159553. They are open from Mondays to Fridays 10am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.