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How to Achieve the Japandi Look Using Tiles

How to Achieve the Japandi Look Using Tiles

Date: February 20th, 2020 CTD Tiles | Tags: Japandi, Japanese design, scandinavian design, wooden floor tiles, neutral tiles, grey tiles, cream tiles, beige tiles

You’ve probably heard of Japandi by now – the latest hybrid design trend to take the interiors world by storm. A visually stunning fusion of Scandinavian Hygge influences and Japanese minimalist style, the look is clean, warm and modern incorporating natural materials and contrasting textures.

Japandi - the unique fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design

Often playing on the use of light and dark, Japandi style favours a rustic twist, making use of dark woods and sleek shapes. Scandinavian style tends to incorporate pale woods and light shades, while the Japanese use rich nature-inspired tones that are earthy and dramatic. Saturated colours are avoided, except for as minimal accent highlights: instead, black is used to highlight lines, curves and shapes. Overall, a neutral colour palette is favoured.



Playing with Light and Shade

Tiles provide the perfect opportunity to create this light, bright backdrop upon which to form your beautiful Japandi design. Use cream, beige or light grey tiles for an overall visually soft effect, which can then be framed with darker tiles to create the outlines, contrast and drama often seen in these styles.

Inwood and Cuban tiles by Gemini in white, cream, and beige.


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Creating the Japandi look doesn’t need to mean a complete renovation, especially if you’re planning to use tiles to complete your design scheme. Instead, simple updates will refresh your entire scheme. For an instant win, think about incorporating gentle monochrome patterns: this can be done through using an interesting combination of light and dark tiles in a symmetrical pattern, or even just find some contrasting cushions, linen, a rug or sculptural ornaments.



Incorporate Textural Appeal

Choose tiles with textures and visual interest to incorporate the Japanese conceptual idea of wabi-sabi, which refers to ‘the acceptance of imperfection in life’, such as rugged edges and visible flaws. Available in neutral soft cream and crisp white, our Knole and Polesden collections are the perfect tiles for achieving this look as they celebrate natural influences with subtle textural appeal. The raised surface of the tiles mean that your design will look unique and varied, with ridges, edges and dimension for extra effect, and these surface details will create a truly modern Japandi aesthetic in your home.

Knole wall tiles by Gemini.


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The raised surface of the tiles mean that your design will look unique and varied, with ridges, edges and dimension for extra effect, and these surface details will create a truly modern Japandi aesthetic in your home.

Polesden white textured tiles by Gemini.



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Using Natural Materials

Another key way to integrate the Japandi look into your home through the use of tiles is to choose a finish that replicates the colours and patterns of the natural world. Wood is a hugely popular material to use in Japandi schemes, thanks to its prominence in Japanese interior design, and there is a huge range of wood-effect tiles to achieve a similar style aesthetic. 

Wood effect floor tiles by GEMINI.


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Our wood-effect tiles are the ideal way to add a warm and harmonious finish to your Japandi scheme; effortlessly crafted with the durability of glazed porcelain alongside the textured appeal of natural wood, you’ll be able to transform all areas of your home with an undeniably stylish look. Beautifully finished with distinctive knots and natural markings, each tile delivers an authentic aesthetic to help you achieve the final look.

Aspenwood wood effect floor tiles by Gemini.


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To finish the overall design, include pops of greenery such as bonsai trees, to bring an element of natural life into the design. We look forward to seeing your Japandi design ideas come to life – let us know how you get on!


Take a look at our GEMINI Japandi Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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