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Japandi: The Ideal Fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian Trends

February 16, 2017

This is a guest post by Elise Morgan!

Japan and Scandinavia may be worlds apart, but in the realm of design there are no such things as spatial borders. The two trends have managed to take the world by storm and now they meet and converge. The majestic result of this encounter is Japandi style, which is not just a new aesthetic principle, but a fresh way of living in a cluttered and tumultuous world.

A design force meant to stay

Japandi is an offspring of two prominent minimalist design philosophies. Although it is still in its infancy, it is safe to assume that it is not some passing fad, but possibly a candidate for a timeless design pantheon. Its appeal lies in an unlikely, yet highly fruitful blend of tranquil layers of Zen and the cold northern savor.


Japanese and Scandinavian styles are seemingly opposing design forces, and while this is not a problem, much thought must be put in their fusion. After all, they encompass design elements, such as raw forms, subtle décor, clean lines, zero clutter, pure colors, and a lot of wood.

Hence, one of the prime goals is to strike a fine balance between different, often contrasting elements that work surprisingly well together. Let us explain this in the context of the bedroom. If you opt for a bulky wardrobe with décor, then the bed areas should be minimal. On the other hand, a wooden statement bed does not go well with other high-impact pieces of furniture.

Simply the best

Simplicity is the hallmark of the Japandi style and one thing you want to avoid is having too much clutter or saturation. Think in terms of sleek photo arrangements, minimalistic plants, and elegant figurines. Also, let the soft pastel colors dominate the interior landscape and create a soothing backdrop for other aspects of design.

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And do not fret: Japandi is an amalgam that provides enough excitement, warmth, and texture, mostly due to the Japanese influence. This means that you do not have to worry about simple forms and lines appearing too plain or the absence of vibrant colors and décor. Besides, this style is not about playing it safe, and by nature, it is daring and bold.

Provided that you know what you are doing, you are going to have more freedom compared to designing and decorating in purely Japanese or Scandinavian style. It has already started to evolve and it leaves room for interpretations. Yet, do not hesitate to consult with aficionados in decorating in order to accomplish pro results.

A killer combo

A combination of different materials is another defining characteristic of this incredible design school. Japandi homes often feature a mix of furniture pieces, such as raw wood coffee tables and urban-like sofas. Along the same lines, it is not uncommon to combine wooden furniture with metal and stone statement surfaces.

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Feel free to mix and match the style of chairs and tables, or get creative in the bathrooms, where wooden décor meets striking focal points in the league of stand-alone bathtubs. Strive to disrupt the prevalence of one style by adding tiny elements of the other. A timber and bamboo kitchens, for example, could use some warmth in the form of cushions, covers, and table pieces.

Just be careful when adding details. Rugs and curtains are seldom adorned with strong patterns, as they disrupt the overarching iciness of the Scandinavian style. Also, Japanese style revolves around finding beauty in the imperfect, so ponder on uneven patterns and raku finishes in ceramics. Of course, try to personalize the space according to your needs and unleash the inner designer.

The unity of east and west

Who would have thought that Scandinavian and Japanese style is a match made in design heaven? Japandi is one of the most promising developments in the design world and a valuable addition to every room in your home. It echoes the principles of minimalistic design, but also packs a strong visual punch. So, assemble a true Japandi paradise in your home, summon a simple symphony of textures, lines, and colors, and enjoy the prime elegance at its best.

About The Author

Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. A long time from home is not unfamiliar to her since she’s traveling a lot for her paragliding tournament. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general. Follow Elise on Twitter find out more!

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