What Japandi Style Is and How to Add it to Your Room

Japandi style interior with Japanese aesthetic

Japandi style is a new design trend that has gained a lot of popularity the last couple of years. The Japandi style blends Japanese and Scandinavian design elements to create a simplistic yet cozy new style that people everywhere are falling in love with. 

The style is known for its minimalist approach, clean lines, and natural elements. The style is also built on two main philosophies: hygge and wabi-sabi. Hygge is a Danish philosophy that promotes coziness and comfort within the home while wabi-sabi describes the Japanese appreciation for beautiful imperfections. When you combine these two elements, you are left with a room that is inviting and even zen-like. 

Common elements of Japandi interior design

Japandi interior design is known for incorporating certain design elements into each space. Explore the various aspects of the style to determine how the features will work in your house. Below are common Japandi style design elements you can use in your own space as well as how to properly incorporate them into a room.

Neutral colors

The Japandi color palette mainly consists of neutral tones like cream, beige, stone, oatmeal, and white. On occasion, you can also find pale pink, soft blue, and grey thrown into the mix. Using these neutral tones on the walls invites a sense of calm into the space, and the lighter shades typically reflect natural light better, making the space feel bright and airy. 

Occasionally, you’ll also see darker wall shades like slate or even black to create some contrast to the space. However, these colors have to be used carefully. Darker tones will dampen the brightness of your room, so only use slate or black for a statement wall. 

But there’s no need to paint a room to bring the Japandi palette into your home. You can add calming neutral colors, and dark statement pieces, with accessories like throw blankets, rugs, and statement art.

Ways to bring the Japandi palette into your home:

  • Replace colorful area rugs with rugs in calming colors
  • Hang up a statement piece to add contrast to a room
  • Add blankets in inviting warm-neutral colors


Natural furniture

Natural fibers are a signature aspect of Japandi style, which means furniture elements are often made from wood. For example, you might incorporate an oak tray table into a living room, or a bamboo dining table into a dining room. The slightly darker, natural tones of the furniture usually pair perfectly with the soft neutral wall tones. 

In addition to natural furniture elements, the pieces should also boast clean lines and functionality. Remember, Japandi style advocates for a minimalistic yet intentional look so every piece should have a purpose. 

Ways to bring Japandi interior design to your home:

  • Skip the tablecloth to draw attention to wood surfaces
  • Showcase beautiful wooden chairs in hallways and living rooms
  • Buy unpainted furniture for a natural look


Bringing the outside indoors

Another aspect of Japandi style is that it promotes sustainability and nature. It brings these elements into a room not only through natural wood furniture pieces, but also through plants and other accessories that recall the natural world. 

Consider adding a potted plant in the corner of the room or a small succulent garden on the coffee table. The vibrant shades of green from the plant leaves will not only give your space an attractive pop of color, but the plants will also improve air quality.  

Ways to bring Japandi accessories to your home:

  • Hang up art inspired by patterns from nature
  • Fill a glass jar with seashells, feathers, or beautiful stones
  • Accent small spaces with bud vases and wildflowers
bud vase with green flowers and wabi sabi aesthetic


Make a statement

Japandi interior design is all about balance. Too many neutral colors and natural elements can make a space feel bland. Statement accessories can add contrast to a room without disrupting its calming zen. 

As with all other elements of Japandi style, you don’t want to go overboard with accessories. Carefully select a few pieces that will add interest and balance to a room.

Statement prints are a popular choice for adding depth to Japandi interior design. For example, the Seigaiha Clouds print boasts the neutral tones of Japandi style with an irregular pattern that draws the eye. 

If you want something a bit more edgy, consider the Tatami Bläck print. This abstract black and white art piece consists of a mesmerizing thatched pattern. The thatched pattern breaks up monochromatic rooms  and gives them some texture.  

Another great option for your Japandi-accented room would be the Star Stones print. The deep indigo hue of the print is sure to stand out against your neutral Japandi color palette. Plus, the cutout stone shapes recall the natural world, always a source of inspiration for the Japandi style.

Ultimately, Japandi style is a modern design that will give any space a sense of serenity. It combines the coziness of Scandinavian living with the elegance of Japanese design. As long as you stick to neutral tones, natural elements, and remember to prioritize simplicity in your design, you should be able to create the Japandi style in any room of your house.