December 22, 2020

Japandi interior design style: simplicity meets elegance

When Japanese minimalism meets Scandinavian design looks with focus on natural beauty and imperfection are created. Find out, what are the right colors and materials and what furniture to choose to transform any space into a nordic-Japanese retreat where you’ll find calm and your inner center.

Japandi is kind of the new Wabi-Sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection. As Wabi Sabi Japandi’s focus is on natural, minimal looks - the new nordic element brings in typical Scandinavian shapes and textures.

1. Japandi Interior Design: Minimal and cozy

In Japandi, a fusion of Skandi and Japanese design, the furnishings of a room are reduced to the essentials to create a modern and clean aesthetic. The furniture design is simple and functional, combining the principles of both styles in harmony. At the same time, a warm and cosy atmosphere prevails through the use of natural materials.

The most important thing when styling and furnishing a Japandi-style room is order. So tidy up your home to create a fresh new canvas for your modern Japandi look.                                                                                                                               

Japandi focuses 100% on the function of any piece of furniture or accessory. Every piece has its own place and defined function. There is no need for nice but unnecessary decoration. Instead, selected furniture are statement pieces and accessories at the same time.

In this sense, Japandi is heading away from unreflected consumption and hoarding of things. Japandi means to be ready to invest in special pieces and the celebration of individual furniture.                                            

Typical Japandi shapes are clean and simple. Furniture are rather delicate and low, which expresses the Japanese philosophy of restraint and groundedness.

If you want to decorate in Japandi style you have to reduce accessories and decoration. Choose pieces made of glass or ceramics, add a wall painting with a simple, abstract motive or simply decorate with plants and add some lively, green accents.

japandi interior
Japandi dining room
Japandi interior decor

2. Typical Japandi Colors

Japandi’s color palette varies between bright and cold Scandinavian hues and natural and warm Japanese colors. Neutral shades of brown, beige, grey or creme often are used as the basis; details in black or anthracite create a dynamic look and additional depth.

Who wants to add more “real” colors can go with a cold mint, light blue or pink. These can be combined with decent and earthy tones and natural materials to maintain the typical Japandi vibes.

The magic is to balance the colors right in order to maintain the room’s minimal overall appearance.

Japandi living room
Japandi dining area
Japandi home decore

3. Greenery in Japandi

One aspect to express Japandi’s closeness to nature is to bring outdoors to indoors. Nothing easier than that: Adding plants to your place following the Zen-principle “Less is more” you add a vibrant touch and some color at the same time. Sometimes one plant is enough to decorate a room. Especially high plants with simply shaped leaves are perfect for adding some green highlights.

Besides the plant the plant pot has to be chosen wisely: A handcrafted piece of stoneware or natural bamboo fits perfectly in a Japandi look.

Alternatively, you can arrange single Eucalyptus or Monstera leaves in simple glass vases and create an impressive and subtle decoration.

decorative plant
Japandi style extirior
Japandi interior with plants

4. Natural materials for real Japandi flair

Japandi style focuses on natural beauty and imperfection of handcrafted accessories and decoration.

Furniture are of high quality and made of natural materials like wood. Japandi Interior Design is characterized by a combination of typically bright Scandinavian woods with traditional Japanese materials like dark wood, bamboo, stoneware and paper.

Natural, structured textiles such as wool and linen create more coziness and warmth.

By the way: Japandi lovers tend to rather invest once in a special interior piece that will give them lasting pleasure.

Japandi interior design
Japandi bedroom decor
Japandi home decoration

5. The art of mix & match

The trick with Japandi Interior Design is finding the right balance for a calm minimal and simple look that still feels warm and cozy.

The best way to achieve a well-balanced atmosphere is to mix statement pieces with massive wood and urban furniture.

Use natural materials such as stoneware and cork, linen, felt and wool to create coziness. Combine furniture of different heights but try to choose ones that are rather low.

A simple drawing on your wall and a nice plant round off the look.

Japandi interior decor
Japandi dining room
Japandi dinging room interior

To create your personal living ambience, it is worthwhile to explore different furnishing styles more closely and discover your own preferences in the process.

We do not own the right some of the images . We do try to provide the original source, however, this is not always possible. Should you wish to have an image removed or you would like to make a  correction, please contact us

Want to get immediate
interior design help?

Start with our style quiz as first step and decide later about booking a consultation or design package.

Let’s have a cup of coffee and talk about your project!

Curious to know more about Upscale?  Send us a brief message and we'll get back to you right away.
* We don't share your data. See our Policy
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Carina KümmekeCarina Kümmeke
arrow top