What is the Japandi Interior Trend?

The Japandi Trend is the hottest trend this past year. Don’t miss out on it.

Japandi is the 21st century’s new interior design trend. It is the cultural fusion of two distinct interior design styles to create one hybrid style for a new type of design. This includes combining traditional Japanese minimalism with the postmodern, minimalist, yet soothing style of Scandinavian design.

Both styles have long been popular choices for decorating around the world, and the combination of the two has generated a global craze. Today’s hybrid décor style has taken aesthetics to a whole new level, blending nature, nurturing, and neutrality into the comfort of your everyday living area.

What is The Philosophy of Japandi? 

Japandi is a mixture of not only two distinct genres, but also two distinct cultural perspectives.

This design is inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese philosophy and lifestyle known as “Wabi-Sabi,” which welcomes imperfection in everyday life by finding beauty in every thing and situation. Consider a lovely Japanese garden and the “imperfect” way the curving trunks of tiny Bonsai trees grow upwards.

The new style combines the emotion of embracing and transcending imperfection in natural beauty with the Scandinavian perspective of “hygge,” which emphasizes environmental comforts and self-nurturing.

A zen inspired living room.

Why Does The Japandi Hybrid Style Work So Well?

Because both Japanese and Scandi styles integrate naturalistic and minimalist aspects while delivering a pleasant and comforting ambiance, the aesthetic of this combination is so beautifully matched.

The Japanese style is more concerned with nature, whereas the Scandinavian style is concerned with a rustic appearance. Both use natural components to add accents of light and shade to the area. They also both use subtle colors to appreciate the beauty of simplicity while still enticing and engaging the individual with the environment’s excellent decor.

Japandi is the perfect combination of light and shadow, as well as the mixing of outdoors and inside.

A very neutral and cozy studio apartment.

What is the Style of Japandi?

The goal of this design is to create an atmospheric zen vibe within any living area by merging old and new elements.

Japanese design uses richer, warmer hues with natural neutral undertones. Through the use of neutral hues and soft textures, the Nordic aesthetic includes lightness and comfort, mixing simplicity and light to create a pleasant environment and inviting atmosphere.

Natural textures, such as the warmth of wood, and neutral colors, such as white and black, are used by the Japanese to blend in with the surroundings both inside and out. The combination of the two provides a balance of light and dark in a simple yet subtle and appealing way. For example, you can have a lot of brightness and pure white splashes across a space while also adding a bit of real wood to give it some character.

What Materials Should I Use? 

Use natural materials such as bamboo or wood to create this simple setting. The color palette should be muted but can include brighter, however subtle colors such as pink pastels.

Organic cotton, linen, muslin, and wicker can be used to make furniture such as couches and chairs. Vases can be created out of pottery, clay, glass, terra cotta, or wood. Plants provide harmony from the outside world inside, while also providing character and substance. You can incorporate a few books on your end table as part of the scandi design style to create a functional yet minimalist Scandinavian ambience.

A very simple yet comfortable white living room.

How To Create a Japandi Style Living Space 

To create your ideal living space, choose a calming blend of simple, neutral colors for your living room or bedroom. You want to choose colors that are subtle, such as beige or gray to keep the area neutral and in the most minimalist kind of fashion. 

You can also use accents such as a vase with a small plant to add depth and character to the room. Adding character is an essential trait of Japanese design. To incorporate the Scandinavian decor, make sure there’s a mix of brighter colors with pastels if you need an extra splash. To incorporate the coziness of hygge, add super soft rugs underfoot and soft pillows to your couch for a touch of elegance and warmth. 

The aesthetics of Scandinavian craftsmanship is to minimize clutter. Make sure your furniture has clean lines and is set up to embrace simplicity in a functional living space. The Japanese aspect involves subtle yet sometimes darker and natural materials, such as plants in vases, while the Scandinavian palettes involve neutral yet brighter shades and more modern materials, including minimalist art in this hybrid decor.  

A powder blue sofa with elements of lightwood furniture.

What Spaces Work Best? 

Any space can be used to make this kind of environment, especially as long as the space incorporates warmth, light and simplicity as the focal point. Characteristics include inviting one into a comforting space while providing a functional living area. Living rooms are especially popular spaces to work with as they are large and open spaces with plenty of light and less room for clutter. 

Tips from Experts on Creating Japandi 

Japandi is an inspiration for all who are a fan of Japanese and Scandinavian design trends. Experts suggest beginning with an empty room and then arranging your furniture and items in the most simplistic and minimalistic manner possible. 

Ceramics and vases are excellent items to introduce to the room to keep it subtle yet elegant. Reducing your clutter is key to keeping a minimalist environment. 

It’s also helpful to play with the use of natural light, which adds color and depth to a room. The aim is to keep the room functional and elegant while creating a sense of contemplative relaxation. 

A New Kind of Lifestyle 

If you’re looking for simplistic urban-style decor with a flair of tradition, combining Japanese and Scandinavian style is the best style for you. It will give you comfort like nothing else as you move through the colder parts of the season when you want coziness and comfort and closeness with your loved ones. It will also provide a space to have small gatherings with close friends. You can also use this kind of space for work in a minimalist environment, with natural light and warmth as the focal point. If you are looking to embrace timelessness and transcendence, while balancing modern permanence and elegance, look no further than Japandi. 

Sarah Wolfenstein
Sarah Wolfenstein is a mother of three and is skilled at DIY projects, design, and cleaning and organization. She never accepts a mediocre job - she is always challenging herself to make things appear better than even professionals with many years of training. Sarah has always strived for perfection in all her projects. She is also very active on Pinterest , where she posts tutorials, ideas, and home decorating tips that are simple enough to even be done at home by anyone with a moderate amount of experience doing basic DIYs.
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