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The Japandi Look: New Hybrid Design Trend

Why You Should Go for It

Are you drawn to the rustic, simple looks of Scandinavian interiors but can’t seem to resist the beauty of the traditional Japanese homes? For those of you who can’t decide on one, good news – you can have them both thanks to a new interior design trend called Japandi.

A hybrid design style that recently emerged, Japandi combines the influences of Japanese and Scandinavian interior design, resulting in a cohesive fusion minimalists are bound to love. If you’re interested in learning about this design style and the way you can implement it into your home, this article will teach you how you can do it properly.

Minimalism as an important aspect of Japandi design style

1Relying on similar principles, both Japanese and Scandinavian styles make use of functional furnishings and decor elements, leaving no room for excess. Instead, they’re focusing on producing minimalist interiors simple in design, following the motto Less is more in order to create stunning interiors that are equally practical as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Start by decluttering your home and think thoroughly about each element in the room. If you’re having trouble deciding what to keep, consider following one of the decluttering methods from Japanese organizing consultant herself, Marie Kondo.

Monochromatic interiors

3Other than freeing your living space from superfluous elements, you also want to create a cozy, neutral backdrop for more prominent decor elements. If you’re looking to transform the feel of the room and add some depth to it, go for a rug. A synonym for quality and beautiful design, natural rugs from NZ might be the perfect addition to Japandi style interiors, especially if they come in cool, neutral shades.

Neutral paint is another characteristic feature of this design trend – go for black, gray or white walls and consider implementing an accent wall to add texture to a monochromatic interior.

Making use of statement accessories

5Because the emphasis is put on simple design and decor pieces, statement elements are added as a way of enhancing the visual interest of the room while also serving as powerful focal points.

Clean floor space and monotonous interiors are usually enriched with the help of accessories in metallic hues, vases, and plants, with occasional splashes of light pink, soft blue, and minty green. The metallic decor pieces bring out the simplicity of design and subtle, natural textures of the surrounding elements, while the abundance of rugs, blankets, and throw pillows in subtle hues ensures a cozy feel of Japandi interiors.

A perfect blend of Eastern and Western design elements

6When the two powerful design styles such as these two join forces, we’re left with interiors that are simple, functional, and asymmetrical. Simply put, perfectly imperfect.

The recipe you can use to cook up a stylish Japandi interior goes as follows – a dash of Nordic is added with the help of hygge elements, natural wood, clean lines, and furnishings with simple design, while the flavorful ingredients such as odd shapes, interesting patterns, and handmade accessories are sprinkled around as a way of capturing the unique flair of traditional Japanese interiors.

Color contrasting is key

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Another important feature of Japandi design style, color contrasting is essential for creating spaces that are visually striking. We already mentioned how Japandi interiors make use of neutral design elements, but it’s important to use several different shades so that the room looks visually appealing.

Rich tones and deep shades of red and black are typically Japanese design elements that are often incorporated into Japandi interiors, making the dark base stand out even more. The rather restricted color palette is further enhanced by the abundance of natural lighting, one of the defining characteristics of Nordic design. The subtle play of shadows and light creates a dramatic effect – a rather powerful result of a simple juxtaposition.

Why you should go for it

4An interior design trend that mixes Scandinavian elements with Japanese influences, Japandi is the perfect choice for those aiming to create minimal, functional interiors that don’t lack in aesthetics.

Both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing, the design elements this trend incorporates come together to form minimalist, calming interiors. The lack of excessive furnishings and accessories make for less visual clutter, which translates to a clear mind and a place to unwind. The key takeaway – being content with less helps enrich our lives, and this design style is a powerful proof of that statement.

It seems like every year there’s something new to try out in terms of interior design, and Japandi proves that you really can have the best of both worlds. Naturally, we can’t help but wonder which design trends will be emerging next. Nevertheless, by the looks of it, the Japandi design trend won’t be going away anytime soon.




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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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