Here’s a collection of living rooms in the Japandi-style with a little transitional mixed in. But you may be asking yourself: What on Earth does that mean?
The outcome of this combination of aesthetics is a space that feels both fresh and timeless. The clean lines and functional approach of Scandinavian design complemented by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi – which finds beauty in imperfection – makes the space feel inviting and lived-in. Transitional elements bring in a touch of classic luxury without overwhelming the simplicity, often through the use of textured fabrics, plush seating, and classic details that provide depth and warmth.
In a Japandi-Transitional living room, there’s a harmonious mix of low-profile, comfortable furnishings that invite relaxation, paired with understated decorative elements that emphasize craftsmanship and quality. Natural materials like wood, stone, and fibers would be prominent, ensuring a tactile and visually soothing environment that’s both refined and approachable.
Check out these 16 incredible examples of the Japandi-Transitional Aesthetic:
You will soon discover that each one of these living rooms leaves you feeling a deep desire to step through your computer screen or phone screen and move right in to this room. They are impeccably designed, alluringly cozy, and timelessly stylish.
This room starts with brand new wood laminate floors in a gray tone stain – this is a very common stain choice in newer designs because it has a modern feel to it, and it really allows you to play with warmer tones in the rest of the space. The walls themselves are made from incredibly intricate wood panels which act as pieces of art.
Each furniture pieces is a different height, creating a dynamic flow. This gorgeous and hearty wooden coffee table with robust legs is the perfect shape and height to correspond with this cream colored sectional sofa with a low back and broad foundation.
A clear glass side table is a great way to book end the sectional, creating another surface but without clogging any angles with a chunky piece of furniture. And finally we see a higher side table behind the couch to elevate those plants to window level, and to really let decorative elements stand out.
If the previous room was perfect for curling up to read a book, this is a Japandi-Transitional living room that is begging you to pour a glass of scotch (or whatever after-dinner drink suits you) and to spend a long evening in front of the fireplace.
Darker tones in foundational elements like the fireplace and coffee table bring a sense of grounding, organic tones found in the absolutely gorgeous midcentury-modern inspired furniture are timeless and elegant, while lighter tones found in the throws, curtains, and dried plants bring a light and airy feel where they should be felt.
Something that you may be starting to notice is how these Japandi-Transitional style spaces rely heavily on the effectiveness of subdued tones. This room implements very light and serene colors with the sandy floors and creamy sofa, allowing the ample daylight to bounce off of them.
I adore how we receive so many smooth textures with the floor, the bean-shaped coffee table and gorgeous cushioned accent chairs, which are made more interesting by more textured elements like this neat wooden ottoman, cluster of decorative shells on the table, and gentle throw pillows on the furniture.
This room is interesting in compared to the others that we’ve started implementing tones that actually have color in them. Still very subdued, but the deep, regal blues that are present in this space bring a sense of freshness and elegance to the space, don’t you find?
We have more classic furniture in this room with more clean lines, creating a bit more of a formal environment – it’s less about lounging, and more about intentional interacting in this room. Beautiful ceramics on every surface help prevent the room from feeling a bit intimidating, as well as these incredibly fun golden bubble hanging lights.
It may be the gorgeous scenery on the other side of these generously sized windows, but this Japandi-Transitional living room feels like it’s been inspired by a zen garden. I think this because of the robust, darker elements as represented through the black leather ottomans and black velvet throw pillows, that kind of remind me of large boulders.
Lighter tones found with the floor, the area, rug, the soft upholstered sofas and gorgeous bleached wood coffee tables represent sand to me, and the glorious decorative tree in the corner of the room certainly represents itself. This space is highly elegant, impeccably decorated, and completely inviting.
Beige & black seems to be the theme of this elegant and comforting room. Various shades of tan and beige in varying textures creates a dynamic kind of monochromatic look, with bold contrasts of black accessories trickled throughout.
With the incredibly tall curtains pulled back, the room almost turns into a view room where you can revel at the beautiful bucolic scene outside, but with the curtains closed, it certainly becomes an ethereal and relaxing lounge in which you could spend countless cozy evenings. This room is splendid in its Scandinavian inspiration, pulling only the best bits from this aesthetic.
You can see that this room relies more heavily on Japanese aesthetic inspirations, as clearly scene in the super low set furniture and robust framing. You can be certain that these are traditionally wood jointed pieces of furniture, with more minimal cushions forcing you into practicing good posture.
I appreciate that there are more decorative element in this room, meaning we’re moving away from the Japanese minimalism a bit. Warmer toned upholstery found in the accent chair and ottoman are a welcoming bit of boldness, and flecks of gold found throughout the room have an enchanting effect.
Highly elegant, highly midcentury-modern inspired, and touches of Scandinavian simplicity are all at play in this fantastic living room design. Cooler tones of gray marry wonderfully with these matte pieces of wooden furniture with dramatic grain patterns.
This space is very smartly sectioned, using the backside of the sectional sofa to literally section the lounging part of the space, but still keeping it open to the dining area. This room matches itself perfectly, but not so much that it’s trying to hard. This room is effortlessly elegant, and timelessly stylish,
We’re getting into cozy territory with this gorgeous Japandi-Transitional style living room space. I adore how darker elements are kept to the outskirts of the room, while softer features like the textured area rug and very cushy sofa are kept to the middle.
This creates a closed in feel, which can really stand to work in a room that is so obviously huge and airy. Living rooms want to feel cozy, and with rooms that are larger, this type of tonal organization coupled with sheer, elegant curtains, is a great way to go.
This living room space is doing very similar things to the last one that we saw, but it is using wider, broader, or more squared off shapes in this space. Low-set furniture is a great way to say “hey! Sit down and stay awhile!” while the squared shapes still make it feel stylish and modern.
This is another gorgeous example of using various tones of beige and tan with flecks of darker tones scattered throughout to create dimension. More organic elements like the ceramic vases and huge leafy plants are a great way to ensure there is always movement and life in a more static space like this one.
I’m never tired of seeing just how well Japanese-inspired and Scandinavian-inspired spaces work together. It’s so clear where each element comes in to play: the tones and shapes are very Scandinavian, while the construction and arrangement is very Japanese.
This space is very simple and relaxing to see, with low set furniture turning into a great little conversation nook. I really appreciate how tall the ceilings are, but how this space is left to be, and the room itself prefers being low-set. The bulbous light fixtures provide a rather fun pop of something in a room that is more reserved.
While part of me is craving a bit of color in this collection, I’m definitely appreciating the patterns now that they are here. This marbled rug is such a great way to add a bit of interest in a room that is so dedicated to simplicity.
Beech-wood furniture is a surefire way to ensure that a room stays feeling beautiful and light, and really allows you to play around with darker features as seen through this sweet rounded ottoman, beautiful dark vases and pots, and even flecks in this gorgeous print on the wall.
I appreciate this room for all of its rounded edges. Sometimes Japanese-inspired designs can feel a bit harshly angled, so having such plush pieces of furniture is a great way to bring about a sense of comfort to a space. But they aren’t too rounded – sometimes furniture that’s too plush can make ya never want to get up again!
Lighter tones dominate this space and create a heavenly essence. Taupes and beiges couple with the light stain of the wood framing of the accent chair and gorgeous rounded coffee table, and woven wicker light fixtures bring a dash of bohemian eccentricity.
This gorgeous room has a bit more of a formal feel to it. You may able to guess why! The arrangement of the furniture is more close together, enabling closer knit conversations. The stunning furniture pieces are arranged in very direct angles creating a very squared off shape in the space.
Lower set furniture still allows for a lounging feel, while the gorgeous Scandinavian-esque wood choices contribute a light and airy feel. Earth tones in the ceramics and wall structures feel grounding and natural, and happy, leafy plants are always the perfect way to bring a bit of life and movement to a room that could edge on austere otherwise.
This is an undeniably beautiful room. While we’ve seen many instances of natural earthen tones creating spaces that are undoubtedly serene and stylish, this one in particular also has a bit of a family feel to it: it’s still classy, but incredibly inviting and casual at the same time. This can be a tricky balance to strike!
Everything here is super low-set; from the rounded ottomans, the bulky but chic wooden coffee table, and the wonderfully plush sofa. Wood panel walls give us a bit of a vintage feel, and bleached tables and chair framing almost give a beach-house essence. What a gorgeous space!
We’re finishing off this collection with a really spacious lounge room. A glorious L shaped sofa is upholstered with beautifully cloud-like cushions, and classy wood framing keeps it timelessly stylish.
Earth tones are scattered throughout in the plush ottoman and bulbous light fixtures, while lighter tones are maintained in the throw pillows and wall art. This space is beautiful, serene, and expertly designed.