What is Japandi?
Japandi style is the must-have interior trend that is a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics. The look is minimal, functional, warm, and calming, with touches of wabi-sabi enthused imperfection. We’ve compiled some tips to help you work Japandi style into your home. But first, why are the two styles, such happy roommates?
You may not think that Japan and Scandinavia have a lot in common, but when it comes to design elements, they’re more similar than you may think. Each one’s aesthetics focuses on simplicity, natural elements, and comfort, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more designers combine the two looks together and calling it “Japandi” (aka Japanese and Scandi). Though a relatively new trend, expect to see Japandi pop up on your Instagram feeds this year.
The Elements of Japandi:
Japandi styles feature beautiful craftsmanship with a focus on quality and handmade pieces over throwaway, cheap structures.
NATURE IS KEY
The natural warmth of wood is revered in both Japanese and Danish designs. Work it into your home with key furniture, ideally keeping surface treatments to a minimum. Wood-paneled walls make for great features. Then introduce natural accents with statement houseplants, preferably in terracotta pots.
Here is where the Japandi camp divides. Those tipping toward the Scandi expression will likely opt for a white or neutral-based palette with rich accents. Others will choose large swathes of rich color on walls and other elements. In both cases, work with natural tones like blues, greens, plums, and browns. Black is also a favorite in Japandi style rooms.
ACCESSORIZE WITH CARE
The philosophies behind both nations’ design languages call for accessories that prioritize functionality over decoration. Think unglazed ceramic tableware, vases, and a few books. Lastly, combine Scandi’s homey comforts with Japanese imperfection through contrasting cushions and throws.
How Can I Decorate in Japandi Style?
If you’re a fan of minimalism and “Hygge,” chances are that you have already started to experiment with the Japandi style. To really play with this look, focus on natural materials such as unfinished woods or bamboo pieces that bring in the feeling of nature and simplistic beauty. We also recommend using muted colors with hints of pale green or bringing plants and greenery into your home to give it a sense of outdoor living.
Reducing clutter is also key to achieving the Japandi style. This design aesthetic focuses on clean lines and open spaces. But if you have an active household and struggle to find that minimalist look, we recommend trying “faux minimalism” with natural containers such as boxes and baskets, built-ins, or folding screens to hide excess items and keep your space feeling clutter-free.
To get the best of both worlds, draw on the coziness of Scandi design with warm textures and soft pieces while maintaining the elegance of Japanese decor. While both styles have a focus on the utilitarian, it’s important to maintain a zen-like sense of calm in your space.
Because Japandi design is focused on craftsmanship, it’s not meant to be disposable. Look for pieces that will stand the test of time and work with your decor for years to come. It’s a clear antidote to the one-time-use culture we have embraced for so long. Instead, focus on pieces that are sustainable and safe for our planet.
Though both Japanese and Scandi decor aren’t new, the combination of the two is sure to be a rising trend in the future.