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Trend Japandi - Japanese furnishing meets Scandinavian design

Bring Japandi style into your home

The Japandi living trend is conquering our living space this year and, as the name implies, is a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese furnishing styles. The great common ground of the two trends is simplicity and functionality, which also make up the Japandi style. A respectful approach to nature and an appreciation of the craftsmanship of both styles are also reflected in Japanese-Scandinavian furnishings.Experts say that this is the year of the Japandi trend, and it's not hard to see why: Japandi interiors are calm and minimalist, but at the same time warm and cosy. And absolutely beautiful.

But what exactly makes up this style mix?

We'll show you how you can easily bring Japandi style into your home:

Colours and materials

In the Japandi style, the furnishings are based on a warm and neutral colour palette. Darker, warmer tones from the Japanese interior style are combined with the typically Scandinavian cool natural colours. Unlike the white Scandinavian look, the Japandi style relies on colours such as brown, beige and warm grey tones. Black is also very suitable for setting contrasting accents. To maintain the simplicity of the style, a maximum of three to four different colours are usually combined per room.  

The Japandi ethic is based on the love of natural and handmade imperfection. Thus, the furniture and accessories are made of simple and natural materials, but with high quality. Natural materials such as wood, bamboo or wickerwork elements made of rattan or sea grass are used. Typical Scandinavian elements in Japandi are also soft, cosy blankets and cushions on the sofa. The textiles are free of décor and without opulent patterns, but made of beautiful fabrics such as linen or structured cotton.


Japandi interiors are simple, functional and impressive. The aim is also to create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The Japandi style is uncluttered and each object has its specific purpose.

The furniture pieces are carefully selected and have statement character. The lines are minimalist and clean and generally rather low. In Japanese philosophy, this is supposed to promote people's connection with the earth. If you want to emphasise more of a Nordic interior style, choose white and pastel-coloured furniture and objects. Darker, earthy tones, on the other hand, allow the influence of the Japanese style of living to stand out.

Decoration and Accessories 

Decoration and accessories are also used in a very minimalist way. Few but lovingly grouped glassware, books and handmade ceramic objects decorate the room. This has its origins in Japan, where rooms tend to be furnished in a functional way due to the shortage of living space.

The wall art is also reduced to a few statement pieces: No gallery wall with many pictures, but instead a large abstract framed artwork or a natural landscape. Murals with calligraphic elements in black ink are also popular - at the same time also a symbol of honouring the craft. This is perfectly sufficient to design the room harmoniously and effectively.


Sparsely placed green plants usually provide colour accents in the Japandi style. Here, too, the rule is fewer, but more impressive plants. A characteristic bonsai tree or a proud strelitzia bring nature into the room and underline the Japanese simplicity.

Those who don't want to implement the trend holistically can take inspiration from Japandi for specific areas of the home. After all, Japandi is not just a furnishing trend, but rather an inspiring philosophy of life that teaches us to live simply and more consciously.

Photographer: Monika Lundholm

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