Modern Japandi Style Kitchen

Japandi kitchen design
Photography: Dylan Riley Foto


 First off, what is Japandi style? Japandi style is a blend of Japanese and Scandinavian minimalistic design elements.  Next, Japandi design is typically relatively simple with an emphasis on function, natural materials, and detailed craftsmanship. Finally, if you follow kitchen trends, you’ll be seeing more of the Japandi kitchen, as it is one style that is quickly gaining popularity.


We designed a modern Japandi style kitchen and used rich walnut slats on satin black panels mixed with blackened steel.  The result of mixing the wood with blackened steel is  a richer and sexier version of typical Japandi style.  Because it is a style that fits in perfectly with the Monogram Appliances Minimalist Collection, we  decided to integrate the style into our kitchen showroom.

Minimalist Japandi kitchen design
Photography: Dylan Riley Foto

One would normally see lots of white and lighter wood finishes in a typical Japandi kitchen.  However,  we opted to go a bit darker with walnut, blackened steel, and a dark marquina countertop.  The  grey glass hexagonal tile on the backsplash adds a subtle sheen, pattern, and a little bit of texture.

A vignette from the Minimalist Kitchen in the Monogram Appliances Experience Center designed by Pasadena kitchen designer Jeanne K Chung of Cozy Stylish Chic | Designer Domicile - 112 S. Delacey Ave., Pasadena CA 91105
Photography: Dylan Riley Foto
Custom brass appliance pulls designed by Pasadena kitchen designer Jeanne K Chung
Japandi style kitchen - column refrigerator

We incorporated a black stainless steel sink from Rohl and dark platinum matte Lot plumbing fixtures from Dornbracht. Together, they give the space a sleek, sexy and modern edge to this Japandi style kitchen.  

To add more personality, the upper cabinets are made of etched glass and a blackened steel frame.  In addition, integrated brass hardware adds a little element of “bling” to the Japandi kitchen.

Modern Japandi style kitchen shown in the Monogram Appliances kitchen showroom at Designer Domcile


The panels and hardware to the two side by side panel ready integrated refrigeration columns were custom made and are available through our showroom.  


By styling the shelves with a curated selection of art books and artisanal pottery, we added an additional layer and personality to the space. As you can see,  the little details do make a difference when designing a high end kitchen.  We love using a mix of vintage and hand made accessories in a variety of materials and textures.  It’s all about the mix.

Lastly, if you’re in the Pasadena area, feel free to swing by and see this Japandi kitchen in person.  Believe it or not, it looks even better in person!