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?
The natural harmony found in Japandi style owes a lot to Denmark and Japan’s long-held cultural ties. It’s a relationship of influence that began over 150 years ago, when Danish architects, artists, and designers began travelling to Japan in search of new inspiration.
They were among the first westerners to visit the nation that had only recently lifted its 220-year closed border policy. Many believe traces of that early Japanese influence can be seen in today’s Danish ceramics, furniture, open-plan architecture, and minimalism. And the admiration is mutual, with Danish design being sought after throughout Japan for many decades.
And then, there is the nations’ shared respect for artisans, craftsmanship, and natural materials, chiefly wood. While both Japan’s philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’ and Denmark’s ‘hygge’ hinge on a deep appreciation for simplicity.
How to Create Japandi Style
KEEP IT CLEAN
Minimalism is essential to a Japandi styled room. Thankfully, the way to a zen-filled interior doesn’t require you to sell all of your possessions. Establish free-flowing floor spaces, clear of clutter. Choose furniture with pared-down lines and stay clear of designs with lots of ornamentation – the cleaner the better.
NATURE IS KEY
The natural warmth of wood is revered in both Japanese and Danish design. 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 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 styled 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 homely comforts with Japanese imperfection through contrasting cushions and throws.