Japandi: When Rustic Meets Minimal


Style by Emily Handerson


What exactly is Japandi (also known as Scandinese), you ask? Well, if you are often attracted to minimalist design, love Nordic furniture, and really appreciate the art of Japanese craftsmanship and functionality, then you will very likely enjoy learning about Japandi. Introduced in the last year or so, Japandi is a design aesthetic that combines the best of Scandinavian and Japanese styles, not only in furniture and décor but also as a way of living.


We all have seen the success of Scandinavian design, not only for its simplicity, but also for its minimal-yet-detailed approach, and its strategical thought on function and practicality. In contrast, we may not be too familiar with the aesthetics of Japanese design and the remarkable philosophy behind it. In brief, Japanese design is more often related to detail, richness, and durability, but most of all, it is always looking to embrace the elements of nature through texture and colour.


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Combined, both Scandinavian and Japanese design focus strongly on overall comfort and the creation of inviting spaces as sanctuaries for living. When talking about Japanese aesthetics, we often hear the term “wabi-sabi”, an ancient philosophy that admires the beauty in imperfections. Wabi-sabi is clearly translated into the Japandi artisanal and rustic finishes of both materials and decor, which pair very well when combined with the sleeker and more curated Scandinavian look.


An Example of "wabi-sabi”- Beauty In Imperfections - My Wall Decor


Now that we have a better sense of Japandi, let’s now explore some of its most important design characteristics, and how they can be implemented at home:


Japandi Colour Scheme Inspiration


There are 3 key steps to get the Japandi look:

1. Start with a neutral base using soft greys, whites, or off-whites.

2. Build from there by introducing muted colours. You can go light and bright, or dark and moody.

3. Complement with natural textures like wood, cork, bamboo, jute, and greenery.


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Textures and finishes


Wood is the main element of texture in this style. Wood finishes can be used in walls, countertops, ceilings, flooring, and furniture. You can mix different tones and combine different grains. However, no need to go overboard! You’ll want to bring the natural rustic feel while maintaining a minimal bright and sleek look. Wood textures are great to warm up a space and bring some nature indoors.

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Japandi Furniture Inspiration


Japandi furniture stands out by blending both organic curvy and rectilinear shapes. You will also notice the Japanese influence on sometimes lower furniture pieces that are closer to the floor. We love exploring around for good quality and timeless furniture, decor, and lighting alternatives so if you are looking to get a Japandi style piece for your home, you can look at stores like Muji, Mobilia, BoConcept, and Rove Concepts. Here are some of our favorites for your living room and bedroom:


Sofa Cushion Modular Armless Chair Dinette Table


Side Table Wall Art Wood Bed


Japandi Lighting Inspiration


Lighting pieces become décor elements. They not only serve their functional purpose, but they become a decorative addition as well. Lighting is a great way to bring in natural textures, and organic shapes to your space while also adding a more intimate atmosphere and or helping add interest to a focal space in the room. Combine different lighting sources to create the perfect environment. Here are some of our favorite Japandi style suggestions:


Table Lamp Floor Lamp Pendant Light


Japandi Décor and accessories


Use rich and unique décor pieces to finish the look. Remember “wabi-sabi”? This is the perfect way to introduce artisanal, hand-made, and raw elements to your room. Japandi is all about finding the perfect balance so try to choose decor and furniture pieces that serve a purpose or have a unique value for their craftsmanship or emotional value. Crate & Barrel has a curated line of Japandi style decor that we are loving!

Decor Sculptures Wooden Bowls Ceramic Set



Bring Japandi To Every Room!


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For the common areas like the living room, dining, and kitchen, you can use wood textures to integrate and give continuity to the space on walls and/or furniture. It is all about finding the perfect balance between minimalism and warmth by using the right combination of neutrals, pastels, and darker accents. As shown in the examples above, there is also a balance between rectilinear and more organic shapes (normally seen in the furniture or lighting pieces). More private spaces like the bedroom, bathroom, and office are all about comfort and way of living. By bringing down the height of furniture, spaces look soft and open, inviting you to sit or lie down and relax. The blend of minimal decor helps you to only concentrate on the important things, but it also allows for a better connection with yourself and nature.


Lastly, don’t forget that Japandi is also a way of life. So, clutter-free and organization are key. Store items in a smart way and add some contrast through black accents to add some interest. More than a design trend, Japandi is a philosophy, and it is here to stay. If you love this style as much as we do, start exploring how you can use it at home. Go ahead and create your perfect calming and inviting space with the best of Scandinavian and Japanese styles. If you do, do not hesitate to send us some pictures or tag us on Instagram @whitedahliadesign. We are excited to see what you come up with!



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