Japandi: The New Design Movement Taking Over the World by Storm

Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by SampleBoard

One of the trends that we are looking forward to this year is a stylistic fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian interior designs, otherwise called Japandi.

It was only a matter of time when these two styles will join forces to create something truly unique.

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese wabi-sabi (principle of finding beauty in imperfection) and Scandinavian clean, streamlined yet playful design, Japandi creates a soulful and unique interior design style that will change homes all around the world in 2017.

Scandinavian Wabi Sabi Japandi

The Scandinavian Simplicity

We cannot possibly discuss Japandi as a unique style until we analyze each of its halves. Let’s start with Scandinavian design, famous for its simplicity of forms and great functionality.

The purpose of this design is to facilitate daily life by building on values like functionality, reliability, and durability.

There is an unbreakable bond with nature that is visible in natural shapes and materials used indoors. Scandinavian design is minimalistic and free of clutter, yet warm and welcoming.

Japanese Wabi-Sabi

The concept of wabi-sabi comes from Zen Buddhism, and although it has shared characteristics with Scandinavian décor (e.g. communication with nature and modesty).

It does differ by putting an accent on asymmetry. Imperfect shapes, rough edges, natural materials, and handmade accessories make wabi-sabi similar to rustic style but with just a dash more of austerity to it.

The Marriage of Two Cultures


As you see, the similarities between the two design styles make them candidates for the perfect marriage, while their differences make the foundations for some extra excitement.

The trend emerged from Scandinavian and Japanese interior design features a combined aesthetic of muted tones, cool undertones, pale and dark timbers, and raw edges.

The overall tone still holds onto simple lines, but it does have more pizzazz than traditional Japanese interiors.

The scandinavian side brings pale wood furniture pieces into the happy marriage, while the Japanese tradition relies more on dark oak or wenge charcoal.

The two concepts blend together to offer a more extensive color palette and versatility when it comes to furniture and accessories choices.

This interior style is, therefore, more appealing and accessible to the general public. All of this together makes Japandi a new go-to demand when it comes to design services.

Why 2017?

Interior Inspiration

Seeing how the two styles work ideally together makes us wonder: Why haven’t we thought of that sooner?

It’s simple actually.

The following year is perfect for unveiling such a trend because it can accompany the overall interior design tendencies that include escapism from a world overcrowded with technology.

Return to nature when it comes to inspiration, growing use of organic materials, and recently proclaimed Pantone’s color of the year – Greenery, which additionally confirms all the things said.

The trend also emerged due to the growing popularity of both Japanese and Scandinavian designs worldwide.

Both styles are already present sometimes in houses around the world (especially due to their minimalism) that designers and homeowners yearned for an update – and there is no better update than to marry the best of the two worlds.

It’s a bit early to tell, but Japandi seems to have the potential to for years and even come shoulder to shoulder with some timeless design movements, such as Mediterranean and Mid-century modern.

What makes this style instantly appealing and applicable are the simple handcrafted pieces, soft and light colors, and the tendency to create a one-of-a-kind de-stress environment free of clutter and anything hard on the eyes.

There is only one thing left to say: Japandi, as the next evolutionary phase of Scandinavian and Japanese trends is here to stay.