Just when I thought that the long lived Scandinavian interior design theme is phasing out, the world decided to prolong it’s live a little longer by coming up with a fusion concept called, ‘Japandi.’ 

Suffice to say, the interior design world has seen a number of styles come and go over the years, but one that has been gaining popularity in recent years is this lethal combo of east meets west, Japanese Zen fused with Scandinavian vibes, known as the Japandi style. This style is has been embraced by homeowners and designers alike. Let’s explore the rise of Japandi style in interior design and discuss why it has become so popular.



East + West, Zen + Scandinavian = Japandi. Source: Elle Decor

So we know that Japandi is a fusion style like your Miso flavoured Aglio  Spaghetti, at first glance, seem very different from each other. Scandinavian design is known for its minimalist and functional approach, while Japanese design is often associated with intricate details and natural materials. However, both styles share a love for simplicity, clean lines, and a focus on natural materials. The fusion of these two styles creates a unique aesthetic that is both calming and inviting. 

So why has Japandi style become so popular in recent years? One reason could be that it offers a sense of serenity in a world that is often chaotic and overwhelming. The clean lines and natural materials used in Japandi style create a sense of calm and relaxation, which is especially important in a time where many people are spending more time at home and looking for ways to create a peaceful environment. Japandi style brings the simplicity of Scandinavian design and the warmth of Japanese design together in a way that feels both modern and timeless.



Notice the Scandi vibes, the minimal approach and the zen like stillness in the design, image by A Blue Cube Design

Another reason for the rise of Japandi style is that it is highly adaptable to a variety of spaces and lifestyles. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, Japandi style can be incorporated into your home. The neutral color palette and minimalist approach to design make it easy to integrate Japandi elements into any space. You feel very serene and calm due to its colour palette, and this is especially important, in hot tropical Singapore. Additionally, Japandi style is not limited to a specific age group or demographic, making it very accessible option even for my 70 year old mother, who is in love with this style!


One of the key features of Japandi style is the use of natural materials. Both Scandinavian and Japanese design place a strong emphasis on using natural materials such as wood, stone, and bamboo. These materials not only add warmth and texture to a space but also create a connection to nature. It is always ideal to incorporate natural materials into our homes can provide a sense of earthly grounding (pun intended).


The Japandi Material and Mood Board, source Style Source Book

When it comes to color, Japandi style typically uses a neutral palette of whites, grays, and blacks, with occasional pops of muted colors such as sage green or blush pink. This color palette creates a sense of calm and allows the natural materials used in the space to shine. The use of muted colors also adds a sense of sophistry and elegance to the space.

In terms of furniture and decor, Japandi style favors minimalism and simplicity. Furniture pieces are often low to the ground and have clean lines, while decor items are kept to a minimum. The focus is on quality over quantity, with each piece being carefully chosen for its form and function. This approach to design not only creates a clean and uncluttered space but also promotes a sense of mindfulness and intentionality.


The Japandi look with simple, unpretentious treatment featured in this project by The Carpenters

Japandi style also places a strong emphasis on lighting. Natural light is preferred whenever possible, with large windows and skylights being a common feature in Japandi homes. When artificial lighting is used, it is often in the form of soft, warm lighting that creates a cozy atmosphere. Lighting fixtures are kept simple and understated, with a focus on functionality rather than ornateness.



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In my opinion and findings,  Japandi style has become popular in interior design due to its calming aesthetic, adaptability, and emphasis on natural materials, neutral colors, and minimalism. This fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design elements allows for a unique and timeless look that can be incorporated into any space or lifestyle. Japandi style promotes mindfulness and intentionality in design, creating a sense of serenity in our homes. As long as my Mama is happy, I am happy!

Astley Ng

The Designerd

Sixides Editorial Team


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