What is Japandi?


The Timeless Elegance of Japandi Style


Japandi interior design the blockJapandi is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design principles harmoniously marrying minimalism, functionality, and a deep respect for nature. It is where Steph drew her inspiration from for their winning Block house.


In a fast-paced world where trends come and go, finding a design style that stands the test of time can be a challenging task. However, a captivating blend of two ancient cultures has emerged, creating a harmonious and enduring aesthetic that continues to captivate design enthusiasts worldwide – Japandi style.

This fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design principles harmoniously marries minimalism, functionality, and a deep respect for nature. Let's delve into the essence of Japandi style and discover why it has become an enduring favorite.

Steph complimented her Japandi Style with this stunning art from Yolan Eke, this piece is called "Circa 1934" as seen in House 4 Hallway and on The Block Auction. Check out Yolan's art here.

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The Origins of Japandi Style:

At its core, Japandi style draws its inspiration from two design philosophies - the traditional Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi-Sabi" and the Scandinavian concept of "Hygge."

"Wabi-Sabi" emphasizes the beauty of imperfection, the appreciation of simplicity, and the transient nature of all things. It values natural materials, organic textures, and the passage of time as elements of design.

On the other hand, "Hygge" is a Danish concept that revolves around creating a cozy and content atmosphere, promoting well-being and a sense of comfort. It focuses on warmth, softness, and a connection to nature, often achieved through the use of natural materials and warm colors.


Japandi style The Block ShopJapandi focuses on warmth, softness, and a connection to nature, often achieved through the use of natural materials and warm neutral colors.


One crucial aspect of Japandi style is the focus on nature and bringing the outdoors in. Incorporate plants and natural textures like jute or linen to create a harmonious blend with your furniture. Japanese aesthetics often include bonsai plants or bamboo, while Scandinavian design emphasizes plants like monstera or fiddle leaf fig. These plants not only enhance the visual appeal but also bring much-needed oxygen and a touch of tranquility.

Lighting also plays a key role in Japandi style. Embrace natural light as much as possible by removing heavy curtains and using sheer or light-colored blinds. Install minimalistic pendant lights or floor lamps to create soft, warm lighting. Soft, warm light sources enhance the cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for creating a peaceful retreat in your house.

Accessorize with intention. In Japandi style, less is more. While the style leans towards minimalism, that doesn't mean it lacks character. Japandi spaces incorporate subtle, well-thought-out accents like traditional Japanese ceramics, cozy Scandinavian throws, or carefully chosen artwork.


Japandi The Block ShopWhilst Steph and Gian were critiscised by the judges for this kitchen's functionality we absolutely threw our sensible hat out the window and fell for this unique kitchen here at The Block Shop, and the proof was in the pudidng come auction day in 2023.


Japandi in Various Spaces:

The versatility of Japandi style makes it suitable for various spaces, from living rooms to bedrooms and even kitchens. Its simplicity and warm ambiance can make small spaces appear more expansive, while in larger rooms, it exudes an uncluttered and calming presence.


Japandi The Block ShopJapandi style is more than just a passing trend; it represents a timeless and harmonious design philosophy that celebrates the essence of nature, simplicity, and craftsmanship.


By fusing the best elements of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, Japandi creates spaces that are not only visually appealing but also promote a deeper connection with our surroundings and a sense of well-being.

Whether you are a minimalist enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking tranquility in your living spaces, Japandi style offers a beautiful and enduring solution for all. Embrace this captivating fusion and experience the serenity and elegance it brings to your home.


Jackie Greens Japandi inspired art as seen on The Block 2023Jackie Green Art uses the perfect neutral colour palette to kick start your Japandi journey.  Steph had Jackie create four artworks to feature in her winning Block House.


Check out more of Steph's Japandi style below, show Japandi here.



See Steph and Gian's completed Block House here.