How to create a Japandi style interior?

21 of January '22

This style is a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics. Arrangements in this style are minimalist, highly aesthetic and at the same time extremely functional. They are characterized by lots of natural materials, clean lines, muted colors, and minimalist but well-chosen furniture. Japandi's design is not sparse - it's deliberate.

Delikatne linie połączeń
dwóch stylów

Delicate lines blend the two styles

© Brandon Cormier

What is japandi

Thenatural harmony found in the Japandi style owes much to longstanding cultural ties with Denmark. It's a union of influences that began more than 150 years ago, when Danish architects, artists and designers began traveling to Japan in search of new inspiration. From this curiosity about the world, two quite different, but actually very similar, ways of thinking merged.

TheJapanese philosophy of "wabi-sabi" says that there is beauty in imperfection. The Danish "hygge" philosophy basically says that a home should be your sanctuary and provide a sense of comfort every time you walk across the threshold of your home. Both the Danish and Japanese philosophies are based on a deep appreciation of simplicity. Added to this is thenations' sharedrespect for artisans, craftsmanship and natural materials, mainly wood.

Natural perfection

Natural materials, primarily wood, is a key element in both Japanese and Danish design. We can introduce this timeless material, first of all by choosing wooden furniture and preferably keeping surface treatments to a minimum. Another idea is to decorate the walls with wooden boards and panels. In addition, we can also introduce natural accents or plants in unique pots.

Neutral palette

The color palette of this style emphasizes primarily neutral colors that will complement the furniture and accessories. Usually, calm palettes are chosen, which we can select based on a single principle, and when more expressive colors are used, they are applied in a meaningful yet subtle way.

Delikatne wnętrze japandi

Delicate interior japandi

© Dan Kaveen

Unique accessories

Japandi style is characterized by the use of handicrafts in the arrangement. Here, the emphasis is on quality and handmade elements instead of one-off, cheap designs. The philosophy of this style favors functionality over decoration. Unglazed ceramic tableware, simple vases and a few books. Use contrasting pillows and bedspreads to combine Scandi home comforts with Japanese imperfection.


Japandi promotes ecology and, as mentioned above, the use of as natural raw materials as possible for interior design elements. It is no wonder that the popularity of this style is growing, after all, more and more people are beginning to notice the problems of our planet.

Elaboration: Dominika Tyrlik

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