Scandi-Japanese design: Natural Bed Company

Cosy minimalism: how to bring the 2021 Scandinavian-Japanese interiors trend to your home

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Combining sleek Japanese minimalism with the warm and cosy feel of Scandinavian design, this is the biggest interiors trend for 2021.

Whether you like to read up on the latest interiors trends or browse them on Pinterest and Instagram, keeping an eye on new ideas can help to spark inspiration for your own space. From mid-century modern and rustic to industrial and contemporary styles, there really is something to suit every room and every taste.

As it turns out, though, the biggest trend about to hit our homes is a fusion between two much-loved styles that may, on the surface, seem quite different to one another.

Combining the sleek lines and clean minimalism of Japanese interior design with the warmth and cosiness typical of Scandinavian styles, the Scandi-Japanese design fusion is all about bringing simplicity and calm into the home.

A subdued colour palette made up of greys, pale blues and earthy tones alongside a few richer shades and carefully chosen statement furniture characterises the style, making it perfect for those who love comfort as much as they hate clutter. 

According to Pinterest, searches for the sort of sophisticated statement pieces that you might find in a Scandi-Japanese bedroom or living room rose massively in 2020, and a 500% increase in searches for modern wooden beds was noted in countries such as the UK, Australia and Canada.

There was also a 400% increase in the number of people looking up “minimalist bathroom design” across the globe, and a rise of 115% in searches for “modern minimalist kitchens.”

Clearly, then, Scandi-Japanese interior design is piquing people’s interest. If it’s caught your attention, too, then read on to find out how you can bring it into your home. 

Living rooms

Combine muted tones with sophisticated, comfortable furniture and vibrant houseplants to make your living room feel airy, spacious and oh, so comfortable. Bring in other simple pieces such as coffee table books, cosy cushions and blankets to make it feel that bit more homey. 


The kitchen is very often the hub of the house, so why not make it shine as the functional, sociable space it is with attractive furniture that is both bold and practical, as well as carefully selected utensils and eye-catching vases and bowls.


With warm, earthy tones, comfy cushions and statement décor, Scandi-Japanese design can turn your bedroom into a cosy, uncluttered haven. 

Scandi-Japanese design to shop now 

  • Natural Bed Company Kyoto Japanese Bed With Headboard

    Scandi-Japanese design: Natural Bed Company
    Cosy minimalism: here’s how to make the most of the Scandi-Japanese interiors trend that’s set to take 2021 by storm

    This bed, with its clean lines and unfussy design, will pair well with cosy bedsheets and warm lights, making it a great addition to any bedroom influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese style.

    Shop Kyoto Japanese Bed With Headboard at Natural Bed Company, from £530.

  • Six The Residence Metal Side Table

    Scandi-Japanese design: Six The Residence
    Scandi-Japanese design: Six The Residence

    Managing to be both intriguing and simple, this metal side table is the perfect spot for a standout ornament. 

    Shop Metal Side Table at Six The Residence, £325.

  • Wayfair Beyonce Ladder Bookcase

    Scandi-Japanese design: Wayfair
    Scandi-Japanese design: Wayfair

    Keep the clutter to a minimum and showcase your statement ornaments with this ladder bookcase. You can also add some warmth with plants, picture frames and accessories with richer shades, for the ultimate in Scandi-Japanese fusion. 

    Shop Beyonce Ladder Bookcase at Wayfair, £169.99.

  • Cult Furniture Ceramic Bud Vase

    Scand-Japanese design: Cult Furniture
    Scand-Japanese design: Cult Furniture

    Make your kitchen or living space pop with this bold, sleek navy vase, which you can either fill with fresh flowers or leave empty as standalone piece.

    Shop Ceramic Bud Vase at Cult Furniture, £24.

  • Harlow Sofa

    Scandi-Japanese design:
    Scandi-Japanese design:

    Enjoy your calming, cosy Scandi-Japanese living space from the comfort of this sofa, with its minimalist design and muted tones. 

    Shop Harlow Sofa at, £699.

  • Fy! Mango Wood Metal & Wood Dining Table

    Scandi-Japanese design: Fy!
    Scandi-Japanese design: Fy!

    This modern, eye-catching table is the ideal centrepiece for your kitchen or dining room. Its black legs provide a pleasing contrast to the light wood, and it would look great with a bright, leafy plant perched on top. 

    Shop Mango Wood Metal & Wood Dining Table at Fy!, £318.

  • Skandium Peek Mirror

    Scandi-Japanese design: Skandium
    Scandi-Japanese design: Skandium

    The round mirror is a classic element of the Scandi-Japanese style. This one is both simplistic in its design and bold with its eye-catching black frame and contrast glass.

    Shop Peek Mirror at Skandium, £129. 

  • CB2 Congo Media Credenza

    Scandi-Japanese design: CB2
    Scandi-Japanese design: CB2

    With dark wood contrasting with shiny black surfaces, this modern cabinet is the perfect storage solution for any pared back room or entryway. 

    Shop Congo Media Credenza at CB2, £557.60.

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