“Japandi” (aka Japanese + Scandi) is a hybrid interior design style that fuses traditional Japanese and Scandinavian concepts and aesthetics. It draws cultural influences and ideology from both ‘hygge’ and ‘wabi-sabi’ lifestyles. In my definition, Japandi hinges on simplicity at its core value that blends nature, function, and craft.
How to achieve this look in your home
It’s easy to start browsing through Pinterest for ‘Japandi’ ideas but how can you replicate the inspiration in your actual functioning home, while working a full-time job, maybe being a parent, and just living life.
Keep it simple & minimal
At the essence of both Japanese & Scandinavian styles, you need to declutter your space. Follow Marie Kondo’s philosophy, if it doesn’t spark joy, discard it! But you can’t discard everything and there are key things you will need and use —like an Instant Pot. These items need to have a purpose, whether it’s functional like the Instant Pot or aesthetics like my plants.
Each item must have a dedicated home so you know where to put it back when it’s moved. Show off your stylish statement pieces but hide the functional but not attractive items in closets, cupboards, and drawers.
Yes, you need an Instant Pot in your life but you don’t need it to sit on your countertop every day (unless you use it daily, then be intentional and style where it lives). Finding items that are both stylish and functional is the main objective when shopping and this is what I’m hoping to help you achieve with this blog.
Use natural and cozy textures
Balance hard dense natural materials like woods and concrete with soft light textures like sheepskin rugs and knitted throws. Use light wood tones such as beech, ash, and pine to create a zen-like space. Avoid red or rustic woods like mahogany or any weathered barn wood—these just feel a bit too artificial or look too busy in a Japandi space.
Use neutral warm colors
I find true Scandinavian grey tones too stark and crisp on their own. That’s why the Japanese warm interiors complement the nordic tones in my space. There is a subtle difference between cool greys (hint of blues) and warm greys (hint of browns) —go with the warmer brownish-grey tones.
I also suggest adding a splash of accent colors to show off your personality. This could show up in your vases, art, throw pillows, or decoration objects. Stick with colors you find in nature like greens and browns or pale colors like light blues, soft pinks, or even mustard yellow (think Easter spring colors!). I’d avoid loud colors like orange, reds, or aqua.
Embrace natural light
Make your space feel larger and brighter with natural light. This means, use white walls to reflect light and keep window treatments minimal. Add more lamps to brighten up your space. I highly recommend using 3500K warm LED bulbs —not too yellow (2700K) like a medieval chamber and not too cool (5000K) like a medical lab.
Style with modern furniture & decor
You can’t exactly google “Japandi” furniture but “Scandinavian” and “Modern” pieces are pretty common these days. Start your hunt with common modern furnishing shops like IKEA, West Elm, or Crate & Barrel (US stores). Buy pieces that focus on sleek and clean lines.