Japandi is an interior design style combining neutral colors, Japanese minimalism and wabi-sabi ways, and Scandinavian practicality. It is clean lines, pale colors and bright airy rooms that produce a soothing easy look. Japandi is the harmonious interaction between gentle and clean Nordic lines merged with Japanese refinement and elegance. Above is one example from my portfolio of Japandi-inspired art.

I get a kind of deer-in-the-headlights looks when I mention the term Japandi to friends and family who aren’t familar with the word. It reminds me of this great scene from the Nora Ephron classic Sleepless in Seattle. If you are pressed for time, watch from 33 seconds in to 50 seconds. Then keep reading to learn more about Japandi:

The Japandi-style interior design aesthetic marries Japanese neutral colors and minimalism and Scandinavian hygge practicality and comfort. It is tidy, functional rooms blending comfort and coziness. Colors are light and muted. They are earth tones and a neutral color palette with accents in of darker shades of the same base color. Japandi style furniture is simple and low-profile, with simple lines. Japandi inspired home interior accessories include handmade ceramics and pottery, paper lamps, large rugs, soft cushions and simple designer accents. To create that fresh, light, airy feeling, interior decorators recommend a neutral color palette. And lighting is important, so ample windows letting in natural light, simple window treatments and lighting that blends in rather than stands out. All these elements blend together to create a relaxing and inviting environment that defines Japandi.

Where can I find examples of Japandi?

Pinterest has included Japandi as one of its top trends of the year 2021 and notes terms like “wooden bed design, modern”, “neutral color palette”, “earth tones”, “minimalist” and Japandi exploding in searches on its site. Poshmark has some great Poshers, such as @buttonesandlace, @tashtogs, and @shatrano that all feature lovely Japandi-inspired accessories in case you want to incorporate this design treatment into your own home. And a search on Etsy revealed thousands of Japandi style products listed. There, you’ll find a glorious array of accessories, prints and more in the shops of Double Kong, Aesthetics Gallery, and Apre Vous Studio to name just a few.

What’s the history of Japandi?

It’s said this style dates back to the 1950s, and examples (though arguably unintentional) include the simple one-line drawings of Pablo Picasso such as Le Chien and La Cheval. I’ve personally loved the clean, simple and airy elements of this home decorating style for decades. It started when my brother, a former Japan-based diplomat sent me over a few items from the country including a gorgeous numbered woodblock print years ago in offwhite, grays and blues.

If you’d like to learn more about the Japandi design treatment, the storied British printing company, King and McGaw have a short explanation. They also provide a myriad of nice examples of prints for purchase that fit the Japandi modern minimalist style. Home and Gardens (UK) offers five reasons everyone needs to incorporate the Japandi design aesthetic in 2021. And finally, Sara Costi of Casalgrande Pandana magazine explains in even more detail and history the Japandi style.

Is your home decor Japandi inspired? Maybe just a room in it incorporates the interior design aesthetic combining neutral colors and minimalism modern minimalist style? Show and tell, please! Leave a comment and share with us your thoughts.

Published by Maura Satchell, contemporary artist and writer

Contemporary artist, seeker, writer. Curious to a fault. I let the fates take me where they will and never say no to an adventure. That has led me on some heart-stirring journeys and impetuous choices. I regret nothing. View more posts

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