Interior design is constantly evolving, with new styles and fashions emerging to reflect modern lifestyles and needs. One of the recent trends is the Japandi style, which combines Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics. Japandi design is becoming increasingly popular because it reflects the aspirations of our time – to create a calming, beautiful and functional living environment.

The Japandi style, associated with simplicity, naturalness and harmony, stems from two distinct cultures – the Japanese and the Scandinavian – which have their own individual design traditions and aesthetics.

The influence of Scandinavian design. Scandinavian design, typical of Northern European countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, is characterised by simplicity, functionality and the use of natural elements. Minimalism, natural materials, neutral colours and functionality are the main features of this style. Scandinavian design emphasises aesthetic cleanliness, comfort and living environment.

The influence of Japanese design. Japanese design is based on the principles of old Japanese aesthetics: wabi-sabi (the search for beauty in imperfection), Zen philosophy and minimalism. Japanese design uses natural materials, geometries of clean lines, neutral colours and subtle velvets. It is particularly important to emphasise the connection with nature, to create calm and harmony.

Japandi as a connecting element. The Japandi style emerged as designers began to notice similarities between the two design traditions. In order to create a new, harmonious and modern design style, they began to combine the functionality and simplicity of Scandinavian design with the sophistication and tranquillity of Japanese design in their interiors. The result is Japandi, a subtle yet striking combination that perfectly reflects the best qualities of both cultures.

One of the key elements of Japandi is the use of natural, organic materials – wood, linen, leather and bamboo. Plants in the interior and natural textures are particularly valued. The Scandinavian sensitivity to nature and the Japanese attentiveness to the seasons contribute to the creation of a unique Japandi interior. It is a healthy and calming environment in which to relax after a busy day.

Most of Japandi’ s interior design elements are functional and have a clear purpose. Japanese minimalism encourages keeping things tidy and focusing on the moments of everyday life. Scandinavian functionality contributes to the realisation of comfort and practicality in the interior.

There are several important principles that can help you create a Japandi interior in your home.

Colours and materials:

  • Choose neutral colours – white, grey, shades of beige.
  • Use wooden floors and furniture to emphasise the natural texture of the wood.
  • Integrate organic materials such as linen, leather, bamboo or wood.

Minimalism and functionality:

  • Choose simple, functional furniture without too many decorative elements.
  • Keep the space visually clean and uncluttered, and avoid excess items.
  • Pay attention to functionality – furniture and furnishings need to be practical as well as beautiful.

Incorporating natural elements:

  • Decorating your home with plants is an important feature of the Japandi style.
  • Integrate natural elements such as stones or wooden accessories.
  • Minimalist glass and metal elements can be used sparingly as an interior accent.

Light and space:

  • Make the most of natural light, leave large windows open or choose light, sheer curtains.
  • Avoid heavy, thick fabrics – let the light spread freely.
  • Keep the space open and uncluttered to create a sense of aesthetic cleanliness and order.

Accents and details:

  • Choose a few accent elements, minimalist artworks or traditional Japanese decor.
  • Create subtle contrasts with accents in brighter colours and original shapes.
  • Choose one or two unique, eye-catching accessories.

Japandi style is not a strict set of rules; rather, it is an opportunity to combine Japanese and Scandinavian design to create a unique and harmonious interior. It is a delicate balance between the two cultures that creates an attractive, modern and calming environment in your home.

Article and photos by interior designer Dovilė Švilpienė