Beginner’s Guide To Japandi: The Hottest New Design Trend Of 2017

Sophia Smith

Lifestyle Writer

Mar 15, 2017

This still young trend is slowly becoming timeless because it can be easily achieved and it incorporates all of the best aspects of Japanese and Scandinavian design.

The Japandi fusion of these two seemingly opposite trends consists of raw forms, balanced mix of wood and pure colours, subtle statements, and clean lines.

However, to properly combine them into this mesmerising blend, you need to know their basics.

Japanese Design

Even though it looks minimalistic, Japanese interior design actually consists of various elements. Flexibility is one of the major characteristics, since that is a great part of Japanese culture. It is manifested through multi-functional and flexible pieces of furniture, such as folding beds and shoji screens, and room dividers that can be moved around in order to create new areas in your house.

The materials this design uses are completely based on nature, and they include fine woods, silk, bamboo, rice straw mats, and even paper. Besides flexibility and natural elements, this design also uses subdued colours. The foundation of the whole design should be laid with natural colours of wood, rice straws and bamboo, while other colours that are introduced tend to be subdued, such as black, shades of gray and brown, and off-white colours.

Scandinavian Design

While the simple Japanese design seems darker and earthy, Scandinavian one is a bit different. It focuses on muted colours and a lot of light, thus this design uses plenty of white and lighter shades of gray. The introduced contrasts consist of subtle hints of black, brown, or light colours of wood.

The materials this design uses are based on wood, but it uses light woods, such as beech, ash, and pine. It also features clean lines which are introduced with steel details on furniture, and with subtle accents of darker colours such as dark gray or black.

Additionally, this design asks for plenty of natural light that warms up the atmosphere and emphasises the simplicity of the whole design. Plus, you should decorate bigger rooms with greenery in order to introduce more natural elements.

A Beautiful Fusion

Japandi design has merged all the beautiful aspects of these two styles. It has kept the simplicity and minimalism of both styles and their clean lines, with no room for clutter.

Focus on arranging simple photos, minimalistic greenery and figurines. Feel free to mix materials of both styles through mixing furniture pieces, such as urban-like sofas and raw wood coffee tables.

Stick to natural wood floors, but you can always throw in a few floor rugs to preserve the cosy atmosphere of Japanese style.

Also, don’t be afraid to provide warmth and texture for your home. Don’t just focus on simple lines and forms; break the monotony with a few accents of darker and bolder colours, and natural materials. Additionally, incorporate more wood into your home.

You can combine lighter and darker wood furniture for your living room, kitchen, and dining room and provide contrast with accessories in opposite colours and greenery.

The colours you choose for your walls should be a combination of colours of the both merging styles, such as lighter shades of gray, off-whites and even black. What is more, you can create stone accent walls which will provide a natural and rustic element.

Japandi style represents unity of East and West which preserves simple and minimalistic look, but it provides a strong visual punch as well.

In order to create such a designer paradise in your home, you should focus on creating a symphony of textures, colours, and lines which promise elegance and the most satisfying atmosphere you could possibly wish for.


By Sophia Smith

Lifestyle Writer

Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about photography, interior design and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at Women Love Tech and High Style Life.



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