What Is Japandi Style?

Japandi style is the must-have interiors 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 room mates? 

New trend. Old friends.

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.

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 achieve Japandi style in your home

Now for the tips.

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 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.

For easy decluttering tips, read our guide.

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 panelled walls make for great features. Then introduce natural accents with statement houseplants, preferably in terracotta pots. 

Natural colours
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 colour on walls and other elements. In both cases, work with natural tones like blues, greens, plums and browns. Black is also a favourite in Japandi styled rooms.

Accessorise with care
The philosophies behind both nations’ design languages call for accessories that prioritise 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.

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Make your own Japandi artwork

A sparing use of wall art is a great finishing touch. To inspire your Japandi styled room, we have produced a set of stencils, helping you create your very own Japandi wall art at home.

Download the stencils here

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