Japanese + Scandinavian = The Stunning Beauty of Japandi
‘Japandi’ style is a compelling blend of Japanese and Scandi design aesthetics.
Wabi-sabi is a naturally beautiful aesthetic originating in Japanese culture. It can be described as the practice of embracing the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
In Scandinavian culture, hygge (pronounced “hyoo-gah”) can be defined as a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable.
Combine the Two to Express Your Personal Style.
Traditional Japanese interior design can be described as warm, refined elegance, while Scandinavian design emphasizes cool, rustic comfort.
The combination of those two aesthetics is open to your personal interpretation.
Melding the two cultures should resonate with your unique inclinations.
I’m seeing a lot of high-end Japandi interior design examples out there, but at its core, this style should be accessible to the everyday person using materials you have on hand or can afford to buy.
If you go thrifting for your furniture, focus on well-made, handcrafted pieces with clean lines.
The pieces don’t have to be perfect (that’s the point of wabi-sabi), but they do need to weather the trials of everyday life with strength.
The beauty of this design style is that it’s simple, clean, rustic, and minimal in material objects. Perfect for small space living!
The Fresh Creation of Japandi Design Encompasses:
- Raw or rustic materials and earthy textures
- Simple, clean lines
- Neutral colors, soft-hued wall colors
- Warm, light-colored wood tones
- Largely monochromatic with high-contrast accents
- Lots of natural light
- Minimalist aesthetic
- Hand-crafted rusticity
- An emphasis on clean functionality
- Natural objects (stone, wood, woven textiles)
- Plush furs and rugs, thick blankets, and soft pillows
- Light-colored, softly textured upholstery (think ‘linen’)
- Soft, comforting textiles
- A glow of various kinds of lighting at multiple heights
- Comforting scents
- Uncluttered spaces
- Nooks for rest and reflection that create a feeling of security and comfort
- Simple, minimalistic plant life: a single vase of branches, a bowl of rustic seed pods or stones
Here Are a Few, Lovely Japandi Style Amazon Finds:
Rustic Open Weave Pendant
Nathan James Enloe Modern Storage
Wood and Iron Drum Coffee Table
…and Add Some Accessories:
Watercolor Art Print Set
Pillow Print Set
Chunky Merino Wool Throw
Let me know in the comments if you have incorporated the elements of this incredible design aesthetic into your life.
Check out this Happy Home Vibes page for more serene inspiration.