Japandi is the name of a new and coveted interior design trend you simply can’t miss that combines Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian design. The result is a minimalist, functional, warm and relaxing look with a hint of tangible wabi-sabi imperfection.
The almost natural complementarity between the Danish and the Japanese style is anything but surprising. Why? Because as far back as almost 200 years ago, Danish architects, artists and designers travelled to Japan to recharge their batteries and seek inspiration.
Both Japanese and Danish design highly value the natural warmth of wood.
Japan inspired the Danes...
Traces of that early Japanese quest for inspiration can be seen to this day in the furniture design, architecture and minimalism of contemporary Denmark. And that appreciation is mutual: Danish design has been very popular in Japan for decades.
... and the Danes inspired Japan
Both countries also have great respect for artisans, craftsmanship and natural materials, especially wood. But there’s more... both the Japanese 'wabi-sabi' philosophy and the Danish 'hygge' are rooted in a deep appreciation of simplicity.
Japandi is also described by trend watchers as 'warm minimalism'. Sleek lines from Scandinavian interiors are seamlessly combined with the organic and natural shapes typical of Japanese interiors. The use of soft, light tones and natural materials such as wood and wool creates a sleek yet warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Japandi is also described by trend watchers as 'warm minimalism’.
Nature takes centre stage
Both Japanese and Danish design highly value the natural warmth of wood. For the key pieces of furniture in a house, choose wood, preferably untreated or featuring an 'untreated look'. Wooden wall panels also work well. Then add some striking houseplants, possibly in terracotta pots, to create a few natural touches.
Colours inspired by wood and forests
If you opt for the Japandi style, you can choose between a 'Japanese' or a 'Danish' focal point. If you prefer a more Scandinavian look, go for white or neutral tones with rich accents. If, on the other hand, you are more into Japanese influences, opt for large surfaces in rich colours, on the walls or in other elements. In any case, always go for natural shades such as blue, green, dark purple and brown. Black is also considered a proper colour in the Japandi style.