Design Masterclass: Japandi Style

February 14, 2021 2 min read

What is Japandi? As the name suggests, Japandi decor is a marriage between Japanese 'wabi-sabi' (the belief that there is beauty in imperfection) and the Scandinavian notion of ‘hygge‘ (a Danish and Norwegian term for coziness). Although Scandinavia and Japan are half a world away, there is actually a lot of overlap in their signature interior design style. Japandi style is the perfect mix of cozy and zen. If you love natural materials, clean lines and clutter-free spaces, this might be the perfect style for you.

Here are 6 design rules to achieve Japandi style:



Potted plants drive home the indoor-outdoor feeling Japandi is known for. Bringing plants into your home is an easy way to further your connection to the outdoors whether you’re living in a small apartment or spacious abode.


Blonde timber is prominent in both Scandinavian and Japanese interior design so it makes sense that it's a signature look of Japandi. Bring the Scandi hygge coziness with dark accents like artwork framed in black, charcoal upholstery and black door hardware.

Dark stained timbers still work with Japandi interiors. Just keep it minimal.


Japandi style utilises textures for a tactile feel. Raw natural materials with textures also have a practical side - they disguise wear and tear thus making it family friendly.

When it comes to art, look for pieces with plenty of texture instead of color.


Organic color combinations consisting of neutral hues is a signature look of the Japandi palette. Muted neutral colours evoke a sense of calm and warmth. If you love bright hues, try incorporating them in subtle and intentional ways.

Colors like pink or blue are equally welcome but look for muted renditions and soft pastels to uphold that peaceful Japandi feel.


Good design is also practical. Japandi practicality is about creating functionality in everyday pieces.

Functional yet streamlined furniture is popular in both Scandinavian and Japanese design.


To master Japandi style, focus on quality not quantity, incorporating well-built furniture that will last rather than disposable pieces.

Furniture and accessories with patina and character are at the forefront of the Japandi movement. A vintage rug, weathered bench and aged terracotta pot are all great accessories for achieving a similar vibe.