Japan and Scandinavia, together the two become Japandi. You might not think it, but the two have a lot in common. Especially from an aesthetic point of view, they both focus on simplicity, natural elements, and comfort. The perfect combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism. Together it creates a feeling of art, nature, and simplicity. The quintessential blend of function and form with a focus on clean lines, bright spaces, and light colors.
Scandinavian design, is all about Hygge, creating spaces that are cozy, and homely. Japanese design is based on wabi-sabi, the idea that there is beauty in the imperfect. Pairing the two together gives you Japandi.
Elements of Japandi
Japandi design focuses on simplistic and minimalistic design that is aesthetically pleasing but rooted in function. Japandi design initially appears to be sparse but it is intentional. Living spaces are filled with natural materials, muted colors, clean lines, and minimal well-curated, furnishings. With a strong focus on craftsmanship and quality handmade furnishings.
The style also has a strong emphasis on sustainability. The natural materials and simple designs make it the perfect eco-friendly decor aesthetic.
The color palette
Color in these spaces are neutral and compliments the furniture and decor accessories. Calming, tranquil, and peaceful palettes are typical and when brighter colors are incorporated, they are done so meaningfully and subtly.
A softer more neutral color palette with calming tones of pale blue, muted green, light grey, and pink. Accents colors are richer shades of teal, indigo, rust, emerald, and black. Furniture colors are a mix of pale, blonde Scandi woods paired Japanese-style black and dark woods to create depth.
Where to use it
The perfectly - imperfect pared-back look will work in any room in your home whether it is a big open space or a cramped small space. The concept of quality over quantity will give especially small spaces room to breathe. Whereas the statement dark pieces work well in large open-plan spaces.