Japandi the New Interior Trend

Want to decorate your home using the Japandi trend? Then read this post, I'm sharing some tips on how to apply this concept to renovate your space.

Japandi is a new trend where Japan meets Scandinavia to create an incredible decorating style, one might wonder how these two go together? they actually make a great style and design marriage.

Japanese style's main quality is the reduced simple aesthetic and Scandinavian style is also simple but has a certain edge, and cool sleek look.

Get inspired by the beauty from the colder northern countries and the natural style from Japan, they might be far away from each other geographically but mixed inside your home.

If you want to read more about the Japandi Minimalist Lifestyle, follow this link to another article I wrote.

Understand the Philosophy first

Please do not think that hanging some kanji wall prints or placing some Buda figures is what you need to do to achieve the Japandi style, that will only give a stereotypical version of an Asian decoration, if you are serious about this style, you must understand the basic concepts first.

Feng Shui

This concept is originally from China but it's applied in many East Asian countries including Japan, the topic itself is quite large, and some people are actually experts in this area. I can give you general advice from what I've learned.

You want to choose furniture and decoration that represent the natural elements, like water, fire, earth, steel, and wood. There's a guide called Bagua (energy map) which guides you on how to position the furniture depending on your house floorplan.

The main goal is to achieve a continuous ying-yang flow throughout the entire house, this way its inhabitants will lead a happier and healthier life.

For more information on home Feng Shui check out this site.


Buddhist Zen is not a teaching but a practice, the main ones we can name that apply to interior design are the focus on the important things, the careful handling of the environment and yourself, and the conscious refusal to search for new things. Japanese that practice this, do not attempt to accumulate and display material belongings. It is more concerned with keeping and storing necessary possessions as small as possible without disturbing the calm.

6 essentials of the Japanese home

The Japanese style, of course, has some essential traditional elements that bring the touch of the Far East and the quality of Japanese loving craftsmanship to our home.

Shoji walls

Allow residents of Japanese homes to separate small rooms in private without being completely excluded from the house or blocking out daylight.


These mats are indispensable in Japan because, unlike in the West, life does not take place at seat height but at floor level. The tatamis protect you from cooling down on the cold floor because of the straw isolates. It is also easy to clean, variable to replace, and looks wonderfully natural.

Futon bed

Japanese facilities mean futons that are rolled up during the day and hidden in built-in closets. This way they can free up the room area.


Cloth curtains with Japanese characters. In Japan, they are often used by in restaurants, but originally they were used as sun protection. If you want to add Japanese accents to your windows, you can use beautiful Noren curtains.


Metal chest of drawers that is so typical of the Japanese interior. Made of Japanese wood, you can store all kinds of objects.

Japanese decoration

Other typical home accessories are pillows, especially seat cushions, wall decorations with calligraphy, bamboo or wooden tables, zen, and bonsai gardens.

If you do not wish to design all your furniture in the Japanese style, you can choose a special room where you relax to give it this vibe.

Imagine a living room as a contemplative center with Japanese furniture, a guest room in natural finishes, or a bedroom as a quiet refuge, even the children's room can have this style.

What defines the Japandi style?

The mix of Japanese and Scandinavian design gives a simple and homely decorating style that is reduced to the essentials, but at the same time radiates warmth and comfort.

Here are some important points to take into consideration:

  • The design is laid back and serene but does not confuse it with boring or sad.

  • Japandi furniture uses clean lines, the great thing about this is you can mix and match all the furniture and it will always look nice.

  • This style searches functionality and serenity, the opposite of loud spaces.

  • The mix of both styles gives a color palette that includes white, natural wood tones both light and dark.

  • The accents are given by the natural wood grains, and black accents.

Japandi colors and materials

The simple and bright colors of the Scandi style meet the dark shades of Japan. Natural shades such as brown, beige, and terracotta are particularly popular here, but grey and black also occasionally appear on furniture. The color accents are deep blues and greens.

Black is an important color to use, and it's part of the traditional design, it helps create accents, this is why black color should be used with caution to avoid oversaturation.

The black color can be given by dark woods as well, and this is great for DIY projects if you own furniture that you are looking to renovate.

Other elements used are bamboo, paper, and china. For natural textiles are also essential in Japandi. Cotton, linen, jute, and wool can be found in cushions, blankets, and carpets, for example. Make sure they are clean without loud patterns.

Japandi furniture

Try to look for lower furniture with clean lines and thin legs also underline the simple and minimalist furniture in Japandi.

Also look for timeless pieces, that give a light feel, even your dark furniture should be this same way, you do not want massive furniture visually eating the room.

Japandi decor

Both Scandinavian and Japanese decoration concepts take into account functionality whenever possible, like a flower vase or a kettle.

The decor items should also be natural. For this reason, handmade vases, plates, and accessories are very popular in both lifestyles. Both styles also have in common that they focus on natural elements. Plants are also an absolute necessity here.

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