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Best of both worlds: Just what is Japandi?

They’re 8,000 kilometres apart, but Scandinavia and Japan have come together to form an interior style known as Japandi. Many may see this as a rather daring fusion at first, until you take a closer look and realise that Nordic interior design actually has a lot in common with the interior aesthetics of Japan. By having certain core elements in common, these two different cultures complement one another quite well.

Japandi interior trend – Scandinavian design meets East Asian aesthetics

We’re all quite familiar with the Nordic interior style. There just seems to be no end to this particularly cosy arrangement with its bright colours and simple shapes that bring peace and order to our otherwise hectic lives. By using natural materials and charming little details, it creates a beautiful and homely warmth. The exact same can be said for Japandi.


You may be curious then: what does Japan contribute to this? Well, for starters there’s East Asian elegance and austerity. An even bigger ingredient, however, is the aesthetic concept of Wabi-Sabi which stands for clarity, purism and the beauty of imperfection. Austerity and elegance are highly prized, but Wabi-Sabi allows for a little roughness around the edges and naturally, a bit more freedom when it comes to design.

The connecting factor, however, is that simplicity is valued in both cultures. When fused together to form Japandi, the central design aspects become minimalism and a return to the essentials. If you’re someone who likes an abundance of accessories, this probably isn’t the interior style for you. However, if enjoy functional, quiet rooms that radiate warmth (without looking sterile), Japandi is quite likely up your alley.

Japandi Nordic interior style.

Less is more: Implementing Japandi in your home

What exactly would Japandi look like then if you implemented it at home? One basic rule to remember is that simple shapes are a must. You won’t see any unnecessarily high or overhanging furniture here. Extravagant ornaments are out, too. Instead, simple but functional pieces are the winners here. Of course, they need not just be functional: a touch of natural elegance goes hand-in-hand with this concept, too.

Implementing this mix of East Asian and Scandinavian styles also means the heavy use of natural materials. Expect all kinds of wood as well as bamboo, linen and wool.

Another rule to remember with Japandi is that less is more. Choose each accessory carefully and make sure it blends discreetly into the surroundings. The best choices are simple, handmade objects like pieces of tableware or even just a vase. This helps to add an individual touch to the style.

Japandi vase
Japandi table and chairs

Complete the look with attention to detail

Much of Japandi’s detail is in the subtle colours used. The discreet, friendly and light colours from Scandinavia work beautifully with the darker tones of East Asian interior style. Think muted natural tones such as beige, green, brown or aubergine. Interestingly, black also fits in well by providing visual depth and lending a calming atmosphere to any room.


Of course, any successful room decoration means that details are important. Especially with regards to the reduced Japandi style.

Another functional yet subtle addition to any room are switches and socket outlets. Consider the Gira E2 switch design line with its strict, minimalist look and choice of beautiful colours. Equally simple, but with a warmer and more homely twist is the Gira E3 design line. Both of these switches fit well and unobtrusively into the Japandi style.

Gira E2 switch Japandi
Gira Esprit Japandi

Considering the popularity of Scandinavian interior styles and the world’s general fascination with Japanese culture, we can see the Japandi

interior style accompanying well into the future. This is no doubt also thanks to its focus on both functionality and warm aesthetics.

Simply enchanted by Japandi? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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