8 tips to style your space the Japandi way in 2023


Japandi, an elegant fusion of modern Japanese and Scandinavian design principles is becoming a trendy style, we share 8 tips to create Japandi-style interiors in 2023.

Japandi, an elegant fusion of modern Japanese and Scandinavian design principles is becoming a popular design trend. By combining the Scandinavian concept of hygge, which finds pleasure in the simplest things, and wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in imperfection, Japandi creates spaces that are simple yet inviting. Both trends celebrate natural materials and minimalist design, which is why they work so well together to create stylish, modern and functional spaces.

Japandi supports the aspects of sustainability championed by both Japanese and Scandinavian design, focusing on high-quality, natural materials to create pieces that last a lifetime instead of succumbing to the modern use and throw-away culture. We share with you 8 ways to style your space the Japandi way!

1. Colour

Minimalism is popular in both the Japanese and Scandinavian influences of this design trend, making it an integral part of creating any Japandi space. Japandi embraces the neutral palette, with white, cream, beige, grey and pastel reds as its main tones, with black and gold serving as contrasts. When creating a Japandi living room, opt for furniture and accessories in warmer colours and add a few plants for greenery, which will help to create a welcoming atmosphere.

2. Furniture

Japandi furniture is all about a balance between comfort and minimalism while injecting a touch of rustic, natural charm. The spaces are kept open and sightlines have a clean, uncluttered effect.

3. Use of woven natural materials

With its natural inspiration and muted colour palette, Japandi design often incorporates natural woven materials such as rattan, wicker and cane. Rattan is a great material for everything from accent chairs and footstools to coffee tables and cupboards, helping even large pieces of indoor furniture to feel less imposing.

4. Lighting

When it comes to lighting, it’s important to opt for practical, understated designs that express the key principles of Japandi design. White glass or paper pendant lights make for the perfect choice, echoing traditional Japanese paper lanterns with a sleek design that looks great in groups of differing heights and imparts a minimalist elegant styling.

5. Wall Style

Japandi walls take the style to the next level, you will need to install wooden slats or panels. You could either do a complete wall panelling or you could create a single statement wall contrasting against smooth, neutral surfaces.

6. Floors

Japandi style is all about wooden flooring drawing on the style’s love of natural materials and neutral colours. Whether you opt for solid wood or laminate wood-effect flooring, light woods are key to creating a clean, open and spacious feel in your Japandi living room. Reclaimed wood is also a popular choice, offering increased sustainability for the environmentally conscious.

7. Textures

Japandi relies a lot on texture to create that warm inviting ambience that is instantly identifiable with the style. From cushions and throws to artwork and accessories, there are lots of ways to build interesting layers to create a harmonious space that is subtle and not too overpowering.

8. Art

Abstract art in black, white and beige tones will look great in any Japandi living room, while Japanese calligraphy or watercolour landscapes add a subtle hint that is just right for the aesthetic. Once you understand the fundamentals of this beautiful interior design trend, which are clean lines, elegant style and minimalist warm décor, it’s easy to mix and match your favourite elements to create your perfect Japandi living room.

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