The Japandi: the trendy minimalist decoration for 2023

Le Japandi: la déco minimaliste tendance pour 2022

This is how Japandi design can bring
comfort and simplicity to your home

You too may think that there is nothing in common between the Japan and Scandinavia, but in terms of interior decoration and design they are much more similar than we would have imagined. You are probably already familiar with the enjoy a wabi-sabi, but have you heard about this new trend that has invaded the web? Here we are going to decipher this trend that is driving Pinterest and Instagram crazy. I strongly advise you to read this article if you too are tired of the Scandinavian trend which has filled decorating stores and our social networks for many years. Want to peace and serenity? After reading this article, you are sure to love this new style with the strange name.

Our small wooden animal figurines look especially good in Japandi interiors.

Japandi T-lab décoration

What is Japandi design?

The Japanese is a style of interior decoration that comes from a magical marriage bringing together the best from both sides of the globe, between style Scandinavian and Japanese. The fusion is soothing, with an interest common for the minimalism, simplicity and natureThe Scandinavian style brings to the Jyou its simplicity through assumed and uncluttered comfort and the fScandinavian functionality. The Japanese style brings To him his taste for minimalism, the calms and elegance. 

These two styles are simply made to go together, they create a feeling of art, nature and simplicity. 

This fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colors.

What do Japanese and Scandinavian design have in common?

When I first came across the Japandi style, I thought, sure, these two styles fit together in many ways!
Already, all lovers of decorative trends will undoubtedly have noticed, the aesthetics of each of these two currents is centered on an idea of simplicity, with an emphasis on natural elements and comfort. It is thanks to these similarities that more and more interior designers are combining these two styles in one package. Besides, that's it Who a given birth to this new style.

How do Japanese and Scandinavian styles work together?

If you are familiar with Scandinavian design, you have surely come across the notion of "Fun". This is the Scandinavian concept of coziness et de homeyness in design, and has found growing popularity in the United States in recent years. Basically, your home should be your sanctuary and provide you with a sense of comfort every time you walk through the front door. Associate this idea with the Japanese notion of "wabi-sabi", or the idea that there is beauty in imperfection, and you get the design marriage that is Japandi. Japanese and Scandinavian design styles work so well together because they are both rooted in minimalism and comfort. The common aesthetic of the two come together to create a style that is both easygoing and sophisticated.

They are characterized by a minimalism and aesthetic simplicity. They emphasize functionality and the best use of space, with furniture designed so that it can be stored away and hidden away when not in use. Both styles also place great importance on natural materials, such as wood and bamboo, which bring a touch of warmth and comfort to the interior. They also favor neutral colors, such as white, gray and beige, which are said to promote relaxation and relaxation.

And where the two approaches diverge, their differences complement each other In fact. While Japanese interiors are pared down, Nordic interiors are rustic. The richer (but still neutral) colors of Japanese design help keep the stark, stark palettes of Scandinavian homes from feeling cold. In sum, Japanese design and Scandinavian design share many similarities, especially with regard to their minimalist and clean aesthetics, their use of natural materials and their taste for neutral colors. These similarities are reflected in the Japandi style, which brings together the best of both styles to create a calming and harmonious environment.


What are the elements that characterize Japandi?

The key elements of Japandi : 

  • Clean lines. 
  • Functional and minimal furniture.
  • Cluttered space. 
  • Natural materials. 
  • Combination of contrasting colors like pearl gray, sky blue, natural wood in dark and light shades, a touch of black, pale pink and white. 
  • Functional accessories. 

The materials of a Japandi interior

Expect to find a plethora of natural materials, muted colors, clean lines, and minimal but well-chosen furnishings. The Japandi design is not stripped down, it is intentional.

meuble Japandi

The importance of craftsmanship

Craftsmanship plays an important role in the Japandi style, as it brings a touch of authenticity and culture to the interior. Japandi design is influenced by Japanese craft traditions, such as tatami, shojis and futons, which bring a touch of character and history to the interior. By using these artisanal elements in Japandi design, one can create an authentic and cultural interior, while respecting the principles of minimalism and functionality specific to this style. Japanese craftsmanship also brings a touch of originality and uniqueness to the interior, which makes it stand out and create a unique and personal environment.

Because Japanese design is all about craftsmanship, it is not intended to be disposable. Look for pieces that will stand the test of time and blend in with your decor for years to come. It's a clear antidote to the single-use culture we've embraced for so long. Instead, favor durable objects that are safe for our planet. If you are interested in Japanese craftsmanship, we have a specially dedicated article to this art.


Also, Japandi styles often emphasize sustainability. The predominance of natural materials and designs simple makes it a great eco-friendly decorating style. As more and more consumers seek an eco-friendly aesthetic, the popularity of the Japandi style comes as no surprise.

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You'll also see plenty of neutral colors and paint choices to complement Japanese furniture and accessories. Calm pallets, quiet And peaceful are usually chosen, and when brighter colors are incorporated, they are in meaningful and subtle ways. The primary color is considered white, diluted with warm shades. The love for the deep and rich colors characterizes the classic Japanese, but cold tones: sea wave, turquoise, indigo. Their Japanese-style combination gave rise to a passion for complex colors: muted, dirty, yet warm.


The base of the pallet is considered to be neutral : gray, beige, brown, although white is still found in the "transitional" stages. Also, they use cold shades of blue, green, pink. An important nuance of Japanese-style interior design is the creation of contrasts. Light walls + dark floor, dark walls + light furniture, light background + black accents.


Minimalism rhymes with Japandi

Forget useless objects which do not bring us value, they are superfluous and obstruct our field of vision by preventing us from concentrating on the essentials. These two movements share this common point which makes the strength of the genre of Japandi decoration: the minimalism. However, minimalism doesn't mean throwing away all those trinket and live in empty rooms! The goal is to create an environment where you feel good. Spaces that inspire you calm and serenity.

minimalisme Décoration

How can I decorate in the Japanese style?

If you're a fan of minimalism and "Hygge", chances are you've already started experimenting with the Japandi style. To really play with this look, focus on natural materials like unfinished wood or bamboo pieces which bring the feeling of nature and simplistic beauty. Use muted colors with pops of pale green or introduce plants and greenery into your home to give it an outdoor feel.

chambre Japandi

Reduce clutter is also essential to achieve the Japandi style. This aesthetic emphasizes clean lines and open spaces. But if you have an active household and are struggling to find that minimalist look, we recommend trying "faux minimalism" with natural containers such as boxes and baskets, insets or screens to hide the unnecessary items and keep your space clutter-free. To get the best of both worlds, take inspiration from Scandinavian design comfort with warm textures and soft pieces while maintaining the elegance of Japanese decor. While both styles emphasize utility, it's important to maintain a sense of zen calm in your space. Although Japanese and Scandinavian decors are not new, the combination of the two will certainly be a growing trend over the next few years. 

If you've made it this far, it's because you too are a fan of design and beautiful spaces. We warmly recommend that you visit our friends at homelisty to see more about interior design. OUR collection of wooden figurines Pole Pole was created in Japan and is the perfect synthesis of the Japandi style. Durable, ecological and handcrafted, they will bring calm to your home. 

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