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Not many people would put two and two together when it comes to Japan and Scandinavia, but both countries often break barriers as they share a love for minimalist home interior designs. Both gravitate towards a style that values simplicity above all, interlacing natural elements, greenery, and clean lines to create harmony in the environment.

Seeing as Japan and Scandinavia are two front-runners in the timeless design trend, fusing the rustic charm of Nordic designs with the understated elegance of Japanese styles creates the best of both worlds.

With both acting as two peas in a pod, it creates the newest hybrid trend that is sweeping the world by storm: Japandi. 

What is Japandi? 

Blending aesthetic elements from Japanese and Scandinavian design, it puts simplicity at the forefront of every decor. It highlights purpose-driven characteristics, allowing the home to feel functional and free from unnecessary clutter. 

Combining the two powerhouses, Japanese style introduces a warm color scheme to complement the renowned, bright spaces in Scandinavian designs. It also incorporates a pop of color in Scandi’s neutral tendency, while the traditional, polished aesthetic of Japanese designs is given more personality with its counterpart’s love for eclectics. 

What are the Style Elements of Japandi?

For those who want to incorporate Japandi into their space, the following elements can bring two styles together: 


Japanese and Scandinavian home designs will always have natural elements in it, bringing you closer to the beauty of the great outdoors by taking parts of it inside. However, both styles don’t necessarily focus on flower arrangements, but more on calming, deep greenery like houseplants.


The plants’ verdant colors create a stunning contrast with Japandi’s wooden furnishing. The difference between the two is that Scandinavian colors have lighter wood tones, while Japanese styles have a deeper finish. 

Blending all elements together creates a visually dynamic environment. For example, you can pair a Japanese-inspired, dark-wood bedside table with a Scandinavian bed and its iconic, light wood frame. 


Minimalist is not about cleanliness for the sake of it, but more on removing unnecessary furnishing or design elements that serve no contribution to your space. This means the designs must be panache as much as it is practical, combining beauty with a purpose. 

The Bottom Line: A Stunning Hybrid of Japanese-Inspired and Scandinavian Design for Minimalist Homes

Japan and Scandinavia may seem worlds apart, but their love for clean and uncluttered interiors prove they couldn’t be closer thanks to their comparable design principles. By taking inspirations from two similar design trends, you’ll discover how less is truly more. 

How can we Help Build your Dream Home? 

Our team of expert custom home builders in Greater Indianapolis can help transform your living space into a stunning home with decorative features that showcase your character. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation and see how we can tailor it according to your taste.