Interior Design

Japandi Style Is the Laidback Home Design Aesthetic That’s Here to Stay

Japandi style, a favorite among minimalists who prioritize warmth and comfort, is a blend of some of the most popular elements of Japanese and Scandinavian design. This trend is a hybrid of

wabi-sabi (a Japanese philosophy that embraces the beauty in imperfection) and hygge (a Danish word that refers to a sense of coziness) in fresh, modern ways.

The two regions, though oceans away, share a lot in common when it comes to decor: Sleek silhouettes, muted color schemes, and well-crafted pieces made from natural materials feature heavily in both styles.

Additionally, elements of Scandinavian and Japanese cultures also share an appreciation for minimalist, sustainable interiors.

“In both styles, there’s a thoughtfulness in design that emphasizes functionality and beauty, as well as simplicity and whimsy,” says Jessica Thomas, style and design director at Better Homes & Gardens. “They both want to create something that feels timeless and lasting.”

According to Better Homes & Gardens, However, it’s the differences between Japanese design principles and traditional Scandinavian interiors that bring depth and interest to this creative blend. The two aesthetics balance and complement each other, with each offering their own unique elements.

Scandinavian design tends to favor pale wood tones, chalky neutrals, and organic materials, while Japanese design leans warmer with more earth tones, references to the outdoors, and textural handcrafted finishes. These elements, combined in pared-down spaces, create a version of minimalism that feels warm and inviting.  

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