Japandi Design is the Hybrid Style of Your Dreams

The blend of modern Scandinavian aesthetics with classic Japanese elegance is the most sought after interior trend this year.

Japandi- also known as “Scandinese”- is a harmoniously calming and functional style that emphasizes minimalism. Although these styles are inherently similar, there are differences that make this marriage particularly appealing. Scandinavian design is based on “hygge” (comfort and coziness) with elements of rustic texture and monochromatic schemes.

Japanese style is inherently more sleek based on the philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’ – finding beauty in imperfection.


The history of Japandi style can be traced back to the cultural ties between Denmark and Japan over 150 years ago.

While the regions may not be close in proximity, they both share a deep appreciation of simplicity. 


Decluttered, functional spaces are  essential  to create a zen-filled interior. Furniture styles are defined by pared-down  lines and quality craftsmanship. Stay clear of intricate designs and ornamentation. The beauty lies in simplicity.  

Natural Materials

The warmth of wood is a shared color palette in both Japanese and Scandinavian design. While Nordic furniture consists of light woods and rustic elements, Japanese accents are sleeker and more refined. Mixing dark and light wood works well together and is common in Japandi design. The raw element of wood pairs nicely with terracotta pots, artisan bowls, and statement houseplants.


Organic Colors

Mostly monochromatic, hygge style focuses on soft whites and neutral colors while Japanese style embraces rich accents. Charcoal grey, greens, plums and blacks are a favorite in Japandi styled rooms.


Minimum Decor

Decorative items and accessories are not abundant in Scandinavian or Japanese design. Open and airy spaces place emphasis on quality not quantity. Both philosophies call for accessories that prioritize function over form. Scandinavian accents tend to focus on comfort such as plush rugs and throw pillows. Japanese accents tend to be utilitarian such as tubular vases and ceramics. Japandi style is a harmonious balance of both principles.

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