'Japandi' Style Is Giving the Minimalist Trend a Complete Update

Although it seemed like bold patterns brought forth by grandmillennial, checkerboard, and cottagecore trends were beginning to dominate the interior space, clean minimalism isn’t quite over. In fact, according to Pinterest’s 2021 trends predictions report, Japandi is on the rise, and searches for the minimal style have increased by almost five times in the past year.

The hybrid style brings together the simplistic and natural elements of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, to create a space designed with calming colors and clean lines. 


What is Japandi style?

As interior designer Anna Giannis tells Bed Threads Journal, “Japandi is a design fusion incorporating elements from Japan, a very sophisticated country, and the Scandi style of minimalism.”

This fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, with a calming and cool tone, emphasized by clean lines and bright spaces. 

“Adopting the popular Japandi style, you enter a world of well-crafted intentional spaces where the design principles and values have a certain minimalistic focus,” Giannis notes. 

What are the elements of Japandi style?

The key is using minimalistic designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and intentional. 

The focus is on high quality and handmade furniture, which is paired with neutral colors and paint choices that promote calmness and tranquility. Brighter colors can be incorporated, but must be executed in a subtle and meaningful way. 

What also sets Japandi apart from other minimalist trends is the focus on sustainability and eco-friendly aesthetics, which is partly responsible for the style’s popularity.

“Equally important to know is the Japandi style often emphasizes sustainability and the vital use of natural materials. They have a natural harmony and a shared respect for artisans and craftsmanship, which work together perfectly,” Giannis explains. 


How to incorporate Japandi into your interiors 

If you’re a fan of ‘hygge’ (the Scandinavian concept of coziness in design) and Japan’s ‘wabi-sabi’ (the idea there is beauty in imperfection), there’s a good chance you’re already well-versed with Japandi style. Here are seven design tips to consider when executing the hybrid aesthetic into your interiors, according to Giannis.

1. Focus on handmade

“Japandi style features quality, handmade furnishings, and interiors that envelope beautifully hand crafted items,” Giannis explains. “These principles respect the craft and the use of materials to create a heirloom piece.”

2. Use simple clean lines 

“To incorporate the elements of Japandi is to understand that your home is very sacred and it only contains items you truly use - again, functionality - and not merely decorate for the sake of decorating and accumulating.” Remember, less is always more.

3. Use of natural materials

Natural materials are the focus of Japandi’s principles. “There are a plethora of nature and wood accessories like bamboo, rattan, and jutes that create a beautiful and calming aesthetic,” Giannis says.

4. A neutral color palette

“The world of color is best seen in the contrast of the Scandinavian and Japanese color palettes. Scandinavian interior style is known more for its light, neutral palette including warm greens and light greys. The Japanese colors are much deeper like darker chocolates, black and deep greens.”

You can combine colors from both palettes in the bedroom with our 100% Flax Linen bed sheets. Try pairing Olive with Sage, Charcoal with Fog, or Oatmeal with White.


5. Organization

Everything - from the coffee table book to the vase on the side table - serves a purpose. 

“Every item is well positioned with a purpose and function, and overall the home is well organized.” What you get is a space that has very little clutter but is still inviting. 

6. Quality and bespoke furniture

“The Japandi furniture is easily distinguishable with its clean lines and a low profile. One of its key principles is its functionality and of course the craftsmanship quality.”

7. Elegant plants

“The Japandi style has a very close connection to nature and eco-friendly principles. Hence, it is essential when styling or completing a Japandi interior that plants are strategically placed within a space.”

Try a bonsai, bamboo hanging planter, a Yucca Cane plant, or a delicate terrarium.

Anna Giannis is an internationally acclaimed interior designer and stylist. Follow her on Instagram @annagiannis_interiors.

Lead image from Kyal and Kara's Home Tour. 

Into minimalism? You’ll want to check out ‘Friluftsliv’ - the Nordic concept that’ll reconnect your home with nature.

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