How to Decorate Japandi

How to Decorate Japandi

In this video, I continue my series of the most popular interior design styles with Japandi! Japandi is a very popular interior design style in 2021 because of it’s calm simplicity. It is a beautiful blend of Japanese Wabi Sabi and Scandinavian Hygge, perfectly matched with simple, modern furniture and a neutral palette. This style to me feels fresh, contemporary, personal, calming and serene.

I give you a breakdown of the overlap between Scandinavian design and Japanese Zen to create Japandi, and I explain the benefits of this design style, tips on how you can achieve this look in your own home, and my favourites Japandi places to shop!

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⏱ Timestamps:
00:00 – How to Decorate Japandi
01:02 – What is Japandi Interior Design?
04:15 – What are the Benefits of Japandi?
04:48 – Who is Japandi Not For?
05:59 – Japandi Design Tip – Keep it Simple
06:39 – Japandi Design Tip – Use Lots of Wood and Neutrals
08:08 – Japandi Design Tip – Use Muted Colors
09:12 – Japandi Design Tip – Use Natural Materials
10:07 – Japandi Design Tip – Wabi Sabi and Embracing Imperfection
11:44 – Where to Shop Japandi
12:05 – Where to Shop Japandi – Local Artists
13:18 – Where to Shop Japandi – Old Faithful and Small Boutiques
14:20 – Where to Shop Japandi – Muji
15:05 – Where to Shop Japandi – Rove Concepts

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  1. Zach Adcock on June 10, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Hey y’all, the color "Steam" by Benjamin Moore is literally perfect for this style.

  2. Karin Detrick on June 10, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks Nick!!!🙏🎋

  3. John Johnson on June 10, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Wow!! Thank you so much for this channel!!

  4. Hzleyes708 on June 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    You can use color but muted. Great point

  5. Marko D on June 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Hugga Wugga Iggy Wiggy Buggy Mugger…..

  6. Kotifilosofi on June 10, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Being a Finn who loves Japanese culture, this style is made for me lol.

  7. SViolet on June 10, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Could you do a video like this for art deco? These style breakdowns are seriously so helpful!

  8. Ride With Shawn on June 10, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I think I’m more of a partial MidCentury Japandi…
    I love the design shapes of mid century furniture pieces with warm woods, the clean bright Scandinavian touch in a simply tasteful Japanese space.

  9. ConstantCompanion on June 10, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I think this is one of my favorite videos of yours. Your examples are very attractive. I’m not a fan of scandia. Only cuz it kind of looks like a stick furniture to me. I love the lines and the simplicity when you combine the two.

  10. Gail Remp on June 10, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    I’d like to call what I’ve always done as the style. I called it just finding something that worked it looked pretty good with everything else. Oh my god what now style of decorating. Good now they have a name for it

  11. Muddy Boots on June 10, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    "You can do whatever you want in your space" says every frustrated designer with his client…

  12. HabitusCræft on June 10, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Ooo. I will have to check out Muji next time I am in Portland. (Unless I get to New York, first.)

  13. YouKey B on June 10, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I like the Wabi-Sabi part…日本人の誇り。こんなインテリアにしてみたい♪

  14. x3cloudii on June 10, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    OMG. You’re from Vancouver. I’ve been watching your video’s for a while and really enjoy them. I love old faithful! hahaha. So glad to see canadian content creators showing off local products. <3

  15. Gwen Belcher on June 10, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I am taking an interior design course and I was feeling a lack of inspiration today. I watched this and it definitely ignited my spark again! I am really looking forward to learning more about Japandi. Thanks for the cohesive intro, Nick!

  16. J L on June 10, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I’m planning a renovation and am definitely going to base it in Japandi design. Question – any good japandi concepts for designing stairs? Visual reference would be helpful. 🙏

  17. Hzleyes708 on June 10, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    U didn’t mention artwork

  18. J G on June 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you again Nick. We will be moving into our first home in a few months and have found your videos so helpful. Muji weirds me out too until I found out about their philosophy online (so may be wrong). Apparently it means ‘no brands’, so just a collection of stuff from different sources that people can buy and know it’s good quality and ready off the shelf.

    Also if mixing japandi and art deco, how to apply the 80 20 rule please coz that’s 3 styles in one! 🤔

  19. Imani Morrah on June 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    This is my ideal style. Im obsessed with Japandi

  20. Ruby Blu on June 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I just found you and i’m…. like in love. This was so perfect and exactly as helpful as it needed to be. You’re a great teacher!

  21. Stella K. on June 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    That is so interesting. I do not follow styles really I just follow my emotions. I remember as a child I loved mid century and imperfect things. At that time, 80’, that was considered outdated and not good enough. I would find something, mend or make something and it would never be perfect as expected in that time. I was a child so even though I loved imperfect things, I always got frustrated that I myself was not able to achieve that with my own hands. Now looking back, I wish I kept some of the grandmas old furniture that was so calming

  22. Kim Carroll on June 10, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    This probably has to be my favorite video of yours! Love you in a non sexual kinda way!! LOL

  23. Hzleyes708 on June 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    When is there ever a time to bring out glam furniture outside of when making a bad B movie

  24. Kursat Osmanoglu on June 10, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    How do we create that wall at 8:44?

  25. Hzleyes708 on June 10, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    You can use color but muted. Great point

  26. WitNWhimsy on June 10, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I appreciate your nod to the cultural elements of both design styles! Also really love how you include websites to buy items for each style and how organized all your videos are (both within the video and the playlists). Thanks for all the work you’re putting in! It makes me excited to design my space

  27. Darlene Stadler on June 10, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I fell in LOVE with this style as soon as I watched this video. Please advise on favored furniture retailers for purchase of the Japandi style for bedroom?

  28. Kareřina Habrmanová on June 10, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    I love japan and japandi style but I also love boho style – that is a huge contradiction. Now I am planning to build my new house and i feel tored in between 😀 Any suggestions if there is possibility how to corporate it would be much appreciated 🙂

  29. mark . m on June 10, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    if there is such thing called Japandi, is there Indiaindustrialism? Or Orientaleclectism?

  30. utbr01 on June 10, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    You explained the concept of japandi and the meanings behind the design style quite eloquently. Yo/ your site is a great find. Thx

  31. Ariza Tan on June 10, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I’m curious to know what you think about Nitori furniture (it’s a brand from Japan). Would you consider most of their furniture in the Japandi style?

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  33. missmegs on June 10, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    tysm!! loved this video and appreciate the recs. ill be moving into a new house and can’t wait to make it into a japandi style

  34. myrthe leliaert on June 10, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Hot tip: find a nice branch and put it on your wall (it’s my favorite thing in the house). Go find your stuff in nature, not only shops.

  35. Valery Diane on June 10, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Does exists a boho japandi? 🤣 I mean a not-cluttered and minimalist eclectic style with pieces of furniture that come from around the world, with mostly natural wood tones and some pops of rich colors. Does it have a name? Is it possible? 🤣

  36. st F on June 10, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Hygge – /heege/

  37. st F on June 10, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Is it ok to use colorful lithographies with gold frames 🖼 along with Japandi furnitures/furnishings?

  38. B Td on June 10, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    The traditional Scandinavian style used dark wood, such as teak and rosewood. Many wood used in Japan are light in colour to begin with, but the wood darkens as they age. Lighter wood trend we recognise ‘Scandinavian’ today only started around the 90s.
    Also, the pictures at the beginning of the video looks more like Southeast Asia, like Thailand. We don’t have Budda in our homes and we don’t grow trees in the middle of the room… Oy.

  39. This_one_simple_trick on June 10, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    All these beautiful pictures of Japandi rooms, where do people just chill and watch tv? Do they just meditate instead?

  40. Brent Byrne on June 10, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Muji (from Mujirushi which means no unlabeled or unmarked) are all over the place here in Japan and they’re not only great for simple Japanese style goods, but also for smart storage solutions because space of course is at a premium in Japan.

  41. Cole Cross on June 10, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    This was SOO well done! <3 !!

  42. Nooruddin Khorasi on June 10, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Would be really grateful if you can do an episode on Pacific Northwest style decor. I am planning to own a place in Gulf Islands and would love the decor for PNW.

  43. n4b1k1 on June 10, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    This is absolutely my style. I’m Japanese/American and I like the simple, modern look, but also the Japanese look of my heritage. Without knowing the name of this, I had already started planning this design for my new house. I hope to move in by the end of the year.

  44. Paola Medel on June 10, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Hey Nick! Huge fan here, I love your style. Question- I just bought a Colonial style (exterior) home. I’m very much a modern minimalist, but in this housing market, beggers can’t be choosers. I do want to steer toward a warmer style, do you think that Japandi interiors would seem mismatched to the exterior of the home?

  45. christine on June 10, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Loving this video! Can you do a video comparing different LV bags? 😀 I been struggling to decide which luxury bag to get. I am currently shopping which offers you so many choices !!

  46. Mandy Roeske on June 10, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    I’m glad I watched this video because I was surprised to find out this might be my style! I’m a knitter so I’m all about natural materials and supporting local artists. I also picked out a kitchen table and chairs that I like for my future home and they look VERY similar to the examples shown in this video.

  47. CG ELMORE on June 10, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Jana ceramics is a vanity shop. Nice things overpriced times ten. Really?

  48. the proust effect on June 10, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    My style is somewhere between Japandi and "old, rustic cottage minimalism." I like the modern, sleek look, but also want the character, slight imperfection, warmth, and craftsmanship of some older pieces.

    It gets even weirder with Muji; not only do they sell homewares and clothing, but they also sell skincare.

  49. Hzleyes708 on June 10, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Not perfectly round describes my body type

  50. Fearless Multitasker on June 10, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    My fav style

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