Order a sample now

What is Japandi Style?

In the world of interior and exterior design, Japandi style has been having a bit of a moment, gaining significant attention for its harmonious blend of traditional Japanese minimalism and cool Scandinavian simplicity. The resulting aesthetic is a timeless, calming, and elegant design approach that resonates with those who appreciate clean lines, natural elements, and a sense of balance. If you’re looking to infuse your spaces with Japandi design principles, IRO Timber’s range of Yakisugi-inspired cladding and decking might just be the perfect choice to achieve that serene balance between East and West.

Japandi Style

Japandi style, as the name suggests, is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Here’s a closer look at the key characteristics of this unique design trend:


Both Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions share a love for minimalism. In Japandi style, you’ll find uncluttered spaces with simple, functional furniture and a “less is more” approach to decorating. The natural simplicity of IRO is in line with the minimalistic approach of Japandi style. The clean lines and unadorned surfaces allow the beauty of the wood grain to shine through, creating an inviting and serene ambiance to a home.

Natural Wood Aesthetic

Natural elements play a pivotal role in Japandi design. Natural wood is widely used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Yakisugi, is a traditional Japanese method of charring wood to increase its durability and longevity. IRO Timber has beautifully recreated this technique, offering cladding and decking with the rich, natural aesthetics of charred wood. This 100% natural material brings warmth, character, and authenticity to your space.

Neutral Colour Palette

A neutral colour scheme, primarily composed of whites, greys, and muted earthy tones, forms the backbone of Japandi design. It creates a sense of tranquillity and serenity. IRO’s core colour range offers a selection of muted, tones that perfectly complement the Japandi colour palette. You can choose from a variety of colours that fit seamlessly into your design vision, from the soft Mountain Grey and Driftwood White to warm Natural Brown and Dolphin Grey.

Textures and Contrast

Japandi style emphasises the interplay of textures and contrasts. You’ll often see smooth surfaces juxtaposed with rough, textured materials, creating a visually engaging dynamic. The unique charred brushwood effect of IRO complements this characteristic perfectly, the raised grain surface creates a visually stunning and naturally charming texture to the wood.

Functional Design

Furniture and decor in Japandi design serve a purpose beyond aesthetics. Form follows function, and every piece is carefully selected for its utility and longevity. IRO Timber’s cladding and decking are not only visually appealing but also sustainable and durable. This ensures that your design will stand the test of time and remain eco-friendly.

Japandi style is all about creating a harmonious, balanced, and inviting living space by combining the best of Japanese and Scandinavian design. IRO Timber’s Yakisugi-inspired cladding and decking perfectly encapsulate the essence of this aesthetic with their natural wood aesthetics, minimalist design, neutral colour palette, durability, and versatility.

If you’re looking to embrace the tranquillity and timeless beauty of Japandi style in your home or commercial project, IRO Timber’s range of Yakisugi-inspired products is the ideal choice. Elevate your design to a new level of sophistication while maintaining a connection to nature and the essence of East-meets-West design.

This project at Fritton Lake by Koto Cabins embraces true Japandi style utilising the IRO Timber range, resulting in a unique space where tradition meets innovation with stunning, sustainable results.

Design – Koto Cabins @koto_cabins

Interiors – Koto Living @koto_living

Photography – Edvinas Bruzas @edvinasbruzas

Location – Fritton Lake @fritton_lake

Share Blog