Being thousands of miles apart, you may not think that Japan and Scandinavia have a lot in common, but when it comes to design elements – they are more similar than you may think…

They both focus on simplicity and functionality, natural elements, comfort and a high value on craftsmanship. Therefore, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more designers combine the two looks together – which creates the design trend “Japandi” (aka Japanese and Scandi).

What Is Japandi Design?

Japandi design is the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of nature and simplicity. This fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces, and light colours.

Japandi Style – Lick Paints

What Are the Elements of Japandi?

Japandi focuses on simple design that is aesthetically pleasing, but always highly functional. Expect to find lots of natural materials, muted colours, clean lines and minimal (yet carefully selected) furniture and artwork. Neutral colours and paint choices will typically complement Japandi furniture and accessories. Colours are chosen to be calming and when brighter colours are incorporated – they are done so meaningfully and subtly.

Japandi style features beautiful craftsmanship and sustainability with a focus on quality and handmade pieces. It is tradition in Japan to disassemble and replace broken parts of an object or piece of furniture – rather than to throw away – which helps to make Japandi a very ‘eco-friendly’ style.

Muted green tones and natural elements

Japanese and Scandinavian Working Together

The Scandinavian concept of “Hygge” (creating a feeling of cosiness at home) is combined with the Japanese notion of “wabi-sabi,” (the idea that there is beauty in imperfection) to create Japandi style. Japanese and Scandinavian design styles work so well together because they are both focussed on minimalism and comfort – therefore creating a sophisticated, yet relaxed style.

Even where the two styles can seem opposite, the differences complement each other. Japanese interiors are sleek, Nordic ones are rustic. The richer (but still neutral) colours of Japanese design will help keep the stark, crisp palettes of Scandinavian homes from feeling cold.



JCD Project – Japandi Style

How to incorporate Japandi Style at home

  • Use natural materials such as unfinished woods or bamboo pieces.
  • Use muted colours with hints of pale green or blue.
  • Using lots of plants and greenery inside your home.
  • Focus on clean lines and open spaces.
  • Reduce clutter. Use natural containers such as boxes and baskets, built-in units or folding screens to keep your space feeling calm.
  • Invest in quality pieces that will last – focus on the craftsmanship.

To get the best of both worlds, draw on the cosiness of Scandi design with warm textures and soft pieces – while maintaining the elegance of Japanese decor.


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