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Japandi - Japan meets Scandinavia

When Nordic feel-good furnishing meets Far Eastern aesthetics, we are speaking of Japandi. At first glance, the reduced austerity of Japan and the hyggelig-coziness from the north may seem rather contradictory, but they are not as different as it seems. Interior experts have unanimously agreed that the exciting fusion of these two styles will be the interior trend of the year!
We’ll show you how to transform your own four walls into a Japandi Interior Dream.

Scandinavian way of furnishing

The Scandinavian style of furnishing has been a permanent feature in our homes for several years now. It is characterised by natural materials, pastel colours and its simple yet practical functionality. During the long and quite gloomy winter month the Scandinavians focus on a homely ambience that is created by using cosy accessories such as cushions, rugs and candles.

If you fancy a cosy Nordic-inspired lifestyle too, take a look at our blog article on the subject of hygge!

 

Japanese furnishing - what is it like?

Feng Shui rules

We are not as familiar with the Japanese style of furnishing as we are with the conversantly look from up-north. The Japanese follow the rules of Feng Shui when furnishing their homes.

The chinese harmony theory dictates that rooms are to be designed to enhance one's sense of well-being.

Minimalism is the key

The Japanese do abstain from too much frills, preferring a minimalist interior. Accessories are used in a targeted and reduced manner - too many possessions represent unnecessary ballast. Pillows and floor cushions are typical home accessories. When it comes to colours, the Japanese keep a low profile with a mix of black and nude tones. In terms of materials, the Far East emphasises quality: dark wood, bamboo, wool and cotton are the dominant elements.

Japandi rugs & accessories

From Scandi to Japandi - how to convert the style!

While Scandinavian living centres on both coolness and cosiness, the Japanese mainly focus on delicacy. However, Nordic chic and Japanese aesthetics have more in common than you would expect at first glance: understated design, functionality and the closeness to nature unite both styles.

The Japandi interior trend connects both the similarities and the contrasts. The result is a fusion of the hottest elements of both interior styles!

 

Japandi Style - furniture & accessories

A characteristic feature of Japandi is low-level furniture that is simultaneously functional. Open, cluttered shelves that create a sense of uneasiness are in vain when it comes to this modest and withdrawn type of design.

Have you ever heard of the "Wiener Geflecht"? Although originally named after the capital of Austria, the classical pattern of woven rattan has been imported to Europe from south-eastern countries. Accessories and furniture made of natural materials are not only the stars of the moment and among the living trends in 2021, but also typical of the Japanese interior design style.

Which is one of the reasons why the "Wiener Geflecht" matches the popular Japandi trend so well!

Must-have? Floor cushions!

A must-have for the Japandi style are floor cushions. They perfectly unite scandi-like well-being and Japanese flair: as the Scandinavians like things to be cosy and the Japanese are known to love sitting on the floor. Want more inspiration? Then check out our blog post on styling poufs and floor cushions.

You can create even more cosiness with rugs, cushions and blankets, which are indispensable for the Scandinavian way of living. Those home accessories can be stylishly combined with filigree accessories: hand-painted vases or useful helpers bring Far Eastern flair to the interior.

While Scandinavian living centres on both coolness and cosiness, the Japanese mainly focus on delicacy. However, Nordic chic and Japanese aesthetics have more in common than you would expect at first glance: understated design, functionality and the closeness to nature unite both styles.

The Japandi interior trend connects both the similarities and the contrasts. The result is a fusion of the hottest elements of both interior styles!

 

Japandi rugs & accessories

Japanese furnishing - what is it like?

Japandi colour scheme

The colour black is typical for the Japanese décor but recedes in Japandi in favour of nude tones such as beige or cream and only sets accents in the style mix. Individual pieces of furniture or accessories such as rugs and cushions in shiny black will add a cool touch.

When it comes to materials, Japanese and Scandinavians are in absolute agreement: they love high-quality natural materials. That's why wool, jute & co are indispensable for the Japandi style.

Living trend 2021

We're of the opinion that Japandi has a strong chance to become your new favourite among the living trend, while combining the best of East and North.

You can breathe Japanese flair into your Nordic interior in just a few easy steps, while giving your interior a new look and keeping up with the latest trends!

Your benuta Style Team