Japandi Interior Design Style: Get the Look!

Feb 11, 2021


Japandi is the fusion between the timeless elegance of Japanese aesthetics and the modern Scandinavian style. It’s a hybrid style where two different styles act together to create a perfect balanced space.

The crucial element for both styles is simplicity; Both styles focus on the minimalist approach to simple and clear interiors. But the magic happens when the design principles of the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, which consists of the search for beauty in imperfection, rustic elegance and craftsmanship, are combined with the serene appearance of the Scandinavian style. Let’s see 6 tips on how to design a space with this style!


Color Palette

One of the biggest differences between the Japanese and Scandinavian style is the color palette. The Scandinavian design is characterized by the use of white and neutral tones. On the other hand, the Japanese side prefers to stick to earthy tones inspired by nature.

The “Japandi” style combines the best of both sides: the bright, light color scheme of the Scandinavian style, and the warm and natural one from the Japanese. White is used but dominates the soft colors inspired by nature such as brown, beige and terracotta. The colors must be natural and simple.

Contrast is essential to create interesting spaces. In Japandi interiors, it can have darker accents inspired by the Japanese style like charcoal or a dark earthy tone to create contrast, but always without exaggerating and breaking the minimalist harmony of the design. 

Also as an accent, you can pick pastels and muted colors found in the Scandinavian style, which are: light grey, pale pinks, pastel greens and blues or richer vibrant colors found in the Japanese style. Incorporate colors into space through cushions, artwork, rugs or decorative accents.



Both the Scandinavian and Japanese style have a strong connection with nature, so bringing greenery to the interior is crucial for its child “Japandi”.

However, due to the strong Zen influence that comes with the Japanese style, Japandi prefers quality than quantity, one or two plants that express in its simplicity the true beauty and grandiosity of Mother Earth is enough. Large plants become the focal points in Japandi homes. The goal is to decorate with bold simplicity, so choose plants with expressive form and elegant leaves that highlight the beauty of nature under the concept of Simplicity.



Scandinavian and Japanese furniture have clean lines and are known for their functionality. However, there is a difference: Scandinavian furniture is usually light in color and Japanese furniture often has darker tones and more elegant shapes.

The color palette is the easiest way to see how juxtaposition and contrast defines this trend. In a Japandi space, We see contrast through furniture as well, by incorporating a mix of light and dark woods with black hues. 


However, that difference, that contrast, those results from combining light with dark wood tones, soft and straight lines, elegant furniture combined with more relaxed ones is what characterizes this style. The real beauty is found when the diversity of both cultures are merged in the same space.

Keep the furniture low! Japanese furniture tends to be low lying, to satisfy the traditional cultural need to feel and be closer to the earth, so low pieces of furniture are a signature of the Japandi style. 
Try low benches, armchairs, beds and coffee tables, but be sure to leave plenty of open space. Also feel free to mix and match different furniture because this adds a unique feeling of texture and contrast, which helps make the space visually much more interesting and authentic.


When accessorizing, “Japandi” is the son of two styles that proclaim simplicity. It’s also characterized by following the concept “Less is more”. Its aesthetic does incorporate only a few but authentic and functional décor pieces.

In Japandi you will find the best of both sides: Scandinavian style accessories, which are focused on comfort, such as soft carpets, cushions, and blankets to give your interiors a homey feel, mixed with the Japanese accessories which are more functional and authentic objects, such as vases, bowls or trays.

Japandi rooms combine functionality and comfort, but maintain a sense of simplicity and minimalism.


Go for Natural Materials and Craftsmanship

The Japanese term “wabi sabi” refers to the principle of finding beauty in imperfect and humble things. Japandi works masterfully on this concept using craftsmanship, so choose elements in simple and natural materials but of high quality, such as linen, jute, concrete, wood, rattan, bamboo, cork or terracotta. Japandi doesn’t pursuit perfection, in fact it seeks beauty in the simple and raw things. 

Including natural, humble materials and craftsmanship is a wonderful way to soften and humanize the spaces with charm and warmth. Bring the wabi sabi concept to your home adding: 

  1. wooden furniture
  2. An origami-style paper lighting fixture is also a great accent piece to include that Japanese and authentic feel.
  3. homemade decor and artisanal accents.
  4. Baskets
  5. Planters made of natural, row, rustic material
  6. wall art in neutral tones
  7. Rustic Stools
  8. Natural and textured Fabrics
  9. And Elements with high significance to you


Keep it Simple

The Japandi Style comes from a Japanese theory that makes simplicity and order a lifestyle. Spaces should be decluttered and airy, allowing for a peaceful and relaxing flow. The key here is quality not quantity. Tone down the decor details and let the natural beauty, high quality and tranquil palette of your few pieces shine for themselves.

What is superfluous must be eliminated to create a vital and functional space. Only the essential in an orderly way, without contrast or excess, can create a true relaxation environment.

About Zahira Cury

Zahira Cury is an Architect, Interior and Lighting Designer, stylist, founder and creative director of D.Signers Group. She earned a masters in "Lighting Design and Led Technology" in "Politecnico di Milano" in Italy and throughout her love of architecture and interior design, she decided to create the D.Signers Instagram to share extraordinary spaces and inspire worldwide.

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