A subtle blend of Japanese delicacy and Scandinavian ingenuity, Japandi is the modern, soothing style you don’t want to miss. At the heart of this design trend? Minimalism and sophistication. So if you like functional and warm interiors, this Nordic-Japanese movement is definitely for you. Between the choice of colours, materials and decoration, your interiors will evolve into a calming, functional and chic space.

A combination of minimalism and subtlety for a Japandi look

Japandi design
Japandi design

Born from the mixing of the words “Japanese” and “Scandinavian”, Japandi is also the visual reflection of this. Pure and sober, this design trend brings an elegant and functional touch to your interiors. In addition to the subtle harmony of colours, furniture and materials, this hybrid style also brings well-being and harmony to your daily life. 100% winning then! If minimalism is at the heart of this decorative movement, the comfort and quality of the materials are not to be neglected. Ah, cocooning when you like it! With a few key design principles and tips in your pocket, this trend will soon be your new favourite.

A Nordic-Japanese movement with rich colours 

Deeper colours mixed with lighter neutrals
Deeper colours mixed with lighter neutrals

A real invitation to relax, the colour palette ranges from neutral, pastel tones to darker shades. While white, black and grey are characteristic of the Scandinavian style, Japandi goes further by opting for neutral but deep colours. Taupe, green, dark grey and mauve are particularly popular. However, the result, sober and refined, will be no less bright. It is the harmony with the materials and objects that create the magic with a light yet calming glow. 

In Japandi, quality is more important than quantity! 

After the preparations, it’s time to personalise and to sort out the essentials. The culture of minimalism enjoys a refined interior as a reflection of clarity of mind. This makes objects which are beautiful decorative accessories and those with sentimental value stand out all the more. Focus on creating an uncluttered but functional space! In the Nordic-Japanese movement, utility takes precedence over the purely decorative. To create a harmonious home, you should also choose soft, clear lines rather than complex shapes, as these can make your rooms look heavy and untidy. 

Natural materials at the heart of Japandi design

Natural materials are key to the Japandi look
Natural materials are key to the Japandi look

Natural materials are very much in vogue. Oak, beech or pine – wood is the star. Often dark and raw, it gives depth and character to a room. With its artisanal and sometimes rustic touch, it enhances your living spaces. In parallel, stone and metal are also popular, the latter for its minimalist aspect. For a lighter touch, opt for cork or paper. Vegetable fibres fit in very well with this trend. Wooden floors, stone bathtubs and marble basins fit perfectly into open rooms that let in light. The key to a successful design? Think “Wabi-sabi”, of course! In other words, a beauty that can also be seen in the imperfections and patina of time. Simplicity and authenticity transport you into the world of spirituality and contemplation. 

From furniture to decoration, this decorative style focuses on the essentials

Essential furniture comprising a variety of natural materials
Essential furniture comprising a variety of natural materials

Beyond its usefulness, Japandi furniture also promotes well-being and spirituality, which are important in Japanese culture. Several types of furniture can coexist perfectly, such as a futon in the bedroom, a designer coffee table in the living room and a chest of drawers in the hall. The important thing is to keep the balance between minimalism and refinement. Beautiful lighting completes this very special atmosphere, where lamps fulfil their decorative and useful role perfectly. They can be made from natural materials such as paper or bamboo, or from metallic materials which are darker in colour. Ceramic or wooden tableware also leaves a lasting impression. Finally, adding a few candles and teapots will make your interior even warmer. 

A modern and soothing look: Home sweet home

Japandi is not just a decorative style but a state of mind and a way of life. It emphasises nature and authenticity, for a return to the essentials. Both indoors and outdoors, extend your Zen garden with a few plants, herbs or branches to recall the alliance of the raw and the delicate. Everything goes in the same direction to offer yourself well-being and peace of mind on a daily basis. And creating a soothing and functional interior is not a bad idea, is it?

Did you enjoy this article on Japandi design? Why not read our article on small space design ideas on a budget or our room divider buying guide!

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