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Do you prefer to come home to a nice house where you can completely relax? Then the popular living trend 'Japandi' is completely your thing. This living style combines Scandinavian simplicity and minimalism with Japanese Zen influences, so you can say that it is not only a living space but also a lifestyle. The result is a timeless and balanced atmosphere in the home that is very soothing.

Here I will explain to you what the characteristics of this trend are and how you can apply them in your interior.

Characteristics of Japandi: A Harmonious Fusion

In fact, the two separate worlds, Scandinavia and Japan, have so many similarities in terms of interior that a merger seems very logical. If you summarize the common characteristics in five words you arrive at: light, sleek, natural, calm, harmonious.

Neutral Colors

Japandi's color palette is subdued and neutral, with soft earth tones and calm gray tones. These colors contribute to the serene atmosphere and make the space timeless.

Simplicity and Minimalism

In both Scandinavian and Japanese interiors you see the principle of "less is more". Eliminate unnecessary elements and you will create a bright and airy space that is free of clutter and visual chaos, which also gives you immediate peace of mind. Furniture and home decorations are functional and therefore very practical. Each piece has a purpose and fits seamlessly into the space without being overwhelming.

living trend japandi

Natural materials

Both Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions embrace the use of natural materials. Wood, stone, bamboo and light fabrics, but also jute and thickly woven fabrics are featured in the interior.

Handmade Elements

The love for traditional work and craftsmanship is reflected in Japanese and Scandinavian culture. Handmade items add a personal touch and uniqueness to Japandi interiors. And of course plants should not be missing, they bring nature indoors and create a harmonious vibe.

Your home in Japandi style

It is not difficult to embrace the Japandi living trend in your home, with a few changes you can create spaces that invite rest and relaxation. For example, hang wooden blinds in front of your windows to let in natural light or put soft blankets and pillows on the sofa for some extra comfort.

Color palette

First put together your basic color palette and go for neutral colors such as soft gray, beige and white. Then you add accents by using, for example, darker wood or subtler color tones.

Japandi living style

Minimalist furniture and accessories

Choose furniture with simple lines and a minimalist design and look for home accessories that focus on functionality. In Japan the latter is a must anyway, because the houses are quite tiny, especially in the big cities. Yamazaki's home accessories are not only functional, but also beautiful and stylish.

Choose subtle decorations made from natural materials

Japandi living book - Roppongi

Make your home beautiful with decorations made from natural materials such as light-colored wood, rattan, bamboo and light fabrics. Choose some decoration pieces that have a calm appearance, such as Japanese ceramics, Scandinavian works of art and plants in simple pots.

So you see that it is not complicated at all to bring a bit of Scandinavia and Japan into your home. If you are looking for a calm, new look for your interior or if you simply want to enjoy a more subdued and serene living environment, then Japandi is definitely worth considering. Want to know more about this fascinating living trend? You can read all about it in the book Japandi Living , which is also packed with photos for inspiration.

💬 Tell me, what do you think of this Japandi living trend?


Ingrid Beijer - Roppongi

The author: Ingrid Beyer

Ingrid from Happlify crew member Roppongi is a far too modest Japan expert who can tell you all the ins and outs. Roppongi is the webshop for lovers of Japan, design, good food, tea and DIY. Visit Roppongi and the blog regularly for the quickest trip to Japan. Ingrid's blog posts >

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