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 Style: Minimal AND cozy

In Japandi a room’s decor is reduced to essentials. Furniture design is simple and functional. At the same time there is a warm and cozy atmosphere due to the use of natural materials.

The most important when styling a room in Japandi style is tidiness. So tidy up your place to create a new, fresh canvas for your 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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5. The art of mix & match

The trick with Japandi 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.

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