Scrolling through your Instagram explore page, you’re bound to stumble on some home decor. If you’re like me, you have fallen down that rabbit hole and the algorithm will not stop recommending interior design to you on every social media platform. There is, however, a split between maximalism and minimalism, and the realm of minimalism is split into many more categories. But if you like beige, natural elements, and plants, chances are that the Japandi interior design style may be for you.

What is Japandi Interior Design?

what is Japandi interior design

Stemming from Japanese and Scandinavian interior influences, Japandi interior design incorporates elements from both styles, thus the birth of Japandi. Many believe that the rise of this trend is rooted at the beginning of the pandemic when everyone started to realise that their home can be much more than a place of rest, there was potential for relaxation too.

Other than this vision of some much-needed R&R, the online amelioration towards sustainability also played a crucial role in this aeshetic’s popularity. The throwaway culture was dwindling at last, and “timelessness” was at the forefront. As such, the intent and purpose - orderliness - of Japanese design rose to popularity.

Check out one of my favourite Japandi inspired store for more inspiration.

Japanese Design

modern Japanese zen design

As mentioned, Japanese design focuses on minimal and clean elements. Wabi-sabi - which is the idea of finding beauty in the imperfection of nature - is also an important element in this aesthetic. As such, natural elements along with clean lines and effortless but purposeful design are utilised to induce a Zen-like sense of calm.

Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian interior design style

On the other hand, Scandinavian design favours comfortable and warm designs, with form and function as a priority too. Hygge is a Danish concept meaning a sense of pleasure from a cozy atmosphere and companionship. With this aesthetic, soft colours with accented blacks and whites are often used. Similarly, minimalism is also a priority in this design style. However, leather, knits, and other contrasting materials may be used to add a more casual - rather than orderly - feel.

Japandi Interior Design

When both are combined, you have an aesthetic that prioritizes clean lines, effortless design, some additional soft colours on natural colours, and many other Japandi home decor that merge both Wabi-sabi and Hygge ideas.

Japandi home decor

How to get the look of Japandi interior design

Knowing the characteristics of both design elements that make up Japandi interior design, feel free to create a space that is bespoke for you. Check out one of my favourite Japandi inspired store for more inspiration. If your space is filled with too many natural/woody colours, add in some muted greens, or pastel colours to transform your space. This can come in the form of cushions, rugs, planters or - my personal favourite: plants. Check out our collection of planters for some inspiration. Happy decorating!

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