Bird Prints in Japandi Interiors: A Celebration of Beauty and Symbolism

October 02, 2023

Bird Prints in Japandi Interiors: A Celebration of Beauty and Symbolism

In recent years, interior design has witnessed the rise of a captivating fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian styles known as Japandi.  This unique aesthetic combines the simplicity and minimalism of Scandinavian design with the tranquility and mindfulness of Japanese aesthetics. Japandi interiors are all about creating a harmonious living space that promotes relaxation and connection with nature.

One way to enhance Japandi's serene atmosphere is to incorporate bird art prints. Birds have long been revered in both Japanese and Scandinavian cultures for their grace, beauty, and symbolism. Sounds like just the thing to up your Japandi game, right? Here's how bird art prints can add depth and visual interest with just a few quick tweaks.

The Power of Simplicity

The principle of simplicity lies at the heart of Japandi design. The Japandi design philosophy seeks to eliminate excess and instead focus on essential elements, allowing for a sense of calm and tranquility to permeate the space.

Bird prints are particularly well-suited to the simplicity of Japandi design. They often possess clean lines, elegant forms, and uncomplicated compositions that align with a minimalist aesthetic. The Rudbeck swan below was painted centuries ago in Sweden, yet fits seamlessly in this Japandi-style bedroom.

Rudbeck Swan over a bed in a Japandi Style bedroom

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And there's no shortage of birds to fit your style. Whether displayed prominently on a feature wall, like Rudbeck's swan, or thoughtfully integrated throughout your space, bird art prints contribute to the overall Japandi aesthetics with minimal effort.

Nature's Serenade

Japandi emphasizes a strong connection with nature and what better way to bring the outdoors inside than with a bird print or two? The collection of Terns by Louis Agassiz Fuertes does just that, bringing the beach straight into the sunny kitchen below. 

Louis Agassiz Fuertes print, seagulls on the beach

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Bird prints remind us to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the natural world. Taking a moment to observe and appreciate these prints can help us slow down, be present, and find moments of tranquility in our busy lives.

A Splash of Color

In Japandi interiors, the color palette is largely dominated by light, earthy tones and pastel shades, with an occasional splash of bright, bold color. These natural hues create an understated ambiance that is essential in a Japandi-styled space. From muted greens that mimic the verdant outdoors to soft beige and browns that are reminiscent of wood and stone, every color is thoughtfully selected to emphasize tranquility and nature.

ohara koson bird painting over a wooden bookcase

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The pastel colors in the Ohara Koson's songbird on a blossom branch might not seem the obvious choice above a dark wood bookcase, but they create a beautiful contrast that adds a touch of whimsy to the space. This unexpected combination draws attention to the print, making it a focal point in the room. It's a subtle yet captivating way to infuse a bit of playfulness and personality into the space while maintaining the overall simplicity that defines Japandi style.

On the other hand, introducing a bold pop of color through bird prints can be a captivating way to elevate your Japandi interior. While these interiors are typically characterized by their minimalist and understated color palettes, incorporating vibrant bird prints can add a striking element of visual interest.

Audubon flamigo in a modern Japandi kitchen

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Audubon's flamigo looks right at home in this sunlight-infused room. By carefully selecting bold artwork with sharp lines and vivid colors, you can create a focal point that brings energy into any space.

When introducing bird prints into Japandi design, it's important to strike a balance between boldness and restraint. Opt for artwork that complements the overall aesthetic while adding that desired pop of color. 

Symbolism and Storytelling

Birds have long been recognized as powerful symbols in different cultures around the world. In the context of Japandi-inspired interiors, incorporating bird art prints can add a layer of storytelling to your space. The crane is a good example. In Japan, cranes symbolize happiness, longevity and good fortune. In Sweden, the annual arrival of cranes in mid-March is a sign of spring's imminent arrival, ending the dark days of winter.

Cranes from Momoyogusa–Flowers of a Hundred Generations (1909) by Kamisaka Sekka

The use of bird prints in Japandi-inspired interiors goes beyond mere aesthetics. It allows you to express your personal connection to the symbolic meanings associated with birds. 

Personalizing Your Space

Personalization is a key aspect in creating a unique and meaningful Japandi rooms. Incorporating bird artworks that resonate with you can add a touch of individuality to your home. Perhaps you are drawn to the majesty of eagles, the delicacy of hummingbirds, or the mysterious allure of owls.

5 Rudbeck bird prints on a gallery wall

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You might opt for a large, statement piece that is the focal point of the room, or perhaps a series of smaller prints that subtly contribute to the overall design. Whatever your preference, showcasing these birds in art form gives your space a personal touch while maintaining the minimalist and nature-inspired aesthetics of Japandi design.


One of the greatest strengths of incorporating birds into your Japandi-styled interiors lies in their versatility. Bird prints range from the abstract to the highly detailed, allowing you to select the level of realism that aligns with your aesthetic preferences and the style of your space. They can be seamlessly incorporated into various rooms in the house - from the living room to the bedroom or even the bathroom - enhancing the ambiance of each room.

Rudbeck Duck Print in a dark grey bathroom

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Furthermore, these prints can be easily rotated or replaced, giving you the flexibility to refresh your space or adjust the mood. With bird art prints, you have an ever-evolving, adaptable decor element that continuously rejuvenates your Japandi-inspired interiors.

Final Thoughts

In essence, Japandi style marries the minimalism of Scandinavian design with the sophistication of Japanese aesthetics, creating a living space that is harmonious, calming, and deeply connected to nature. Japandi is more than just another interior design trend; it's a lifestyle that promotes balance and mindfulness.

By embracing Japandi style, we're not just creating an aesthetically pleasing environment, but also a space that tells a story, reflects our personal values and intentions, and ultimately, enhances our overall well-being.

Have a look at our collection of Swedish and Asian bird prints and get inspired to invite some feathered friends into your home.



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