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Get the Japandi Look in a small bathroom

Posted by Ruth Foster in Style guides | 2 years ago 5 min read

In part 2 of our latest “Get the Look” style guide, we show you how to bring Japandi style to your cloakroom, ensuite or small bathroom.

It’s the hot new trend we’re all talking about. The Japandi look draws on influences from both Japan and Scandinavia, with east meeting west in a fashionable fusion of design styles.

If you haven’t already done so, head to part 1 of this style guide, where we explain all about this fabulous new interior design trend with top tips on achieving the look in your own bathroom. Click on the image below to read part 1 now.

Get the Look: Japandi bathroom ideas

For those of us with limited space and limited budget, the Japandi look can still be something to consider when choosing the style of your new bathroom, ensuite or cloakroom. In this small space style guide, we show you how to “Get the Look” in your small bathroom or cloakroom.

Japandi cloakroom bathroom ideas

As we discovered in part 1 of this style guide, the Japandi look is all about minimalism, drawing on the Scandinavian concepts of Lagom (less is more) and Hygge (a feeling of comfort and contentment), plus the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi (finding the beauty in imperfection). These 3 concepts complement each other perfectly to bring you a look that is clean, uncluttered and comforting—perfect for a room in which visitors to your home should be made to feel welcome.

So, we start with perhaps one of the smallest spaces in your entire home: the cloakroom bathroom. Typically just big enough to contain a toilet and basin suite, we’ve come up with the following small bathroom ideas, so you can wow friends and family alike with a Japandi style interior.

Japandi style cloakroom bathroom

One of the first things which strikes you about our Japandi cloakroom bathroom is the use of natural materials and tones. From the rough plastered walls, which lean heavily on the Wabi-sabi concept, to the stone-effect tiles and wood-effect floor, the overall feel is at one with nature.

The wall hung toilet and vanity unit are simple yet stylish and highly functional…something that both Japanese and Scandinavian designers pride themselves on. Meanwhile, the neutral colour palette is calming, relaxing and welcoming; a key characteristic of Japandi style interiors.

To contrast with the lighter elements, we’ve also included on-trend black accents, through our choice of tap, mirror and accessories. The brass-effect heated towel rail adds another simple yet elegant piece to the puzzle. And, to finish, we’ve accessorised sparingly with natural influences.

Japandi bathroom mood board

Get the Look with our Japandi bathroom mood board

Which products?

We used the following products in our Japandi style cloakroom bathroom:


Washbasin area



Walls and floors

Japandi style small bathroom ideas

Drawing on inspiration from Japanese onsen (spa bathing facilities found throughout the country), our Japandi family bathroom is all about rest and relaxation for the body and soul. And, there are plenty of creative ways you can achieve this on-trend look in even the smallest of spaces.

Get the Japandi look in a small bathroom

The first choice you’ll need to consider is whether you focus on bathing or showering in your Japandi style small bathroom. We’ve opted for the former, but if showering is your thing, why not use the enclosure featured in part 1 of this style guide as inspiration?

The rough, plastered walls and asymmetrical design draw influence from the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, finding the beauty in imperfection, along with the patina effect textured tiles.

Meanwhile, the wall hung elements, such as the countertop basin, shelf, cabinet and toilet all help free up precious floor space, allowing the beautiful wood effect flooring to take centre stage.

New metallic finishes, like the brass effect towel heater and black basin tap, bring even more on-trend elements to the overall design, while organic accessories complement the calming neutral colour scheme.

Which products?

We used the following products in our Japandi style small bathroom:

Bath and tap

Toilet and bidet

Washbasin area



Walls and floors


Try our 3D bathroom planner

Want to see how your chosen products and a specific style look in your own bathroom? Use our 3D bathroom planner. It’s quick and simple, allowing you to create realistic 3D models and overhead plans. Simply click on the image below, or read our step-by-step instructions, complete with video.

Use our 3D bathroom planner now

More small bathroom ideas

From petite ensuites to the most compact of cloakrooms, at Victoria Plum you’ll find all the small bathroom ideas you’ll need. Check out our “Get the Look” style guides, where we demonstrate how the next big trend can be achieved in a small space.

Need a helping hand? We’ll show you how to go about planning a small bathroom and even discover how small a bathroom can be.

Head to our Small Spaces hub for all the small bathroom ideas you’ll need. Click on the image below to begin.

Small bathroom ideas at Victoria Plum

Author, Ruth Foster

Posted by Ruth Foster in Style guides | 2 years ago

As our resident Interior Designer, Ruth is passionate about home-related trends and loves light, airy interiors shaped by organic forms and colours. With a background in textiles for interiors, she is studying for a masters in interior design.

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