Japandi: Everything you need to know about the hottest home trend for 2021

Japandi is the new home trend for 2021, combining all we love from Scandinavian aesthetics with a touch of Japanese minimalism

Japandi bedroom with plants and desk
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What is ‘Japandi’?

With many of us becoming super familiar with the insides of our homes and bedrooms, it's key to have surroundings that feel comfortable. With every day blending into another this year we could all do with a change to the living room décor we’ve been staring at for months. ‘Japandi’ offers just that, with the perfect combination of simplifying and calming.

In Pinterest’s predictions for 2021 they found there has been a 100% increase in year-on-year searches of ‘Japandi’ and a 3 x increase in year-on-year searches for muted, earthy-toned colour palettes. There have been more searches for modern, minimalist kitchens and bathrooms with people wanting to transform their homes into havens.

Japandi is all about minimal, practical comfort. You don’t need to turn your living room into a contemporary art installation, all you need is to declutter and invest in simple pieces, from a plush comfortable sofa to a ceramic vase. The aesthetic is simple warmth, having your home feel safe and the pieces blending harmoniously.

The importance of lighting

Lighting especially in Scandinavian countries is just as important as any piece of furniture. Harsh white, room filling lights are a big no. In scandinavian countries the winters are very dark so it is important for them to create comfortable light within their homes. Pools of light are ideal, creating warm, cosy spaces. For example a warm light above you dining table or a soft focus lamp positioned over your sofa will create an intimate space.

See your lighting as a feature, and build ambient places in your space, a candle for example will create an instant impression of warmth and romance too if that’s what you’re after. In Japan, traditional screen doors were used to diffuse light and utilizing natural light is important in Japanese architecture. Position your furniture to allow natural and look for lights with dimmer switches.

How to incorporate the trend to your home

So how do you achieve the trend? Start with decluttering your space, put everything that is not necessary or practical out of sight, as is the saying tidy room tidy mind. Start collecting pieces that compliment each other. The key is simplicity and comfort, find some divine smelling candles, warm blankets and plush pillows to scatter around your sofa and space.

Find bedding that is not only comfortable but aesthetic. Bedding that will make you want to make the bed and to take people around for a house tour. Opt for linen, in an earthy or warm toned colour, that will warm your bedroom.

Products to help you incorporate Japandi into your home

£4, Tesco

Fox & Ivy Pomegranate Scented Candle: £4, Tesco

A gorgeous smelling candle is key for achieving Japandi in your home, and this lovely pomegranate Fox & Ivy one is a great pick if you're on the hunt for one. Ensconced within a lovely, minimal white jar, it's the ideal item for setting the tone of relaxation and zen in your home. 


Washed linen duvet cover set: £59.99, H&M

Washed linen duvet cover set: £59.99, H&M

Comfy linen - especially in earthy tones like this H&M duvet cover set - is essential to achieving Japandi. 

£119.99, Zara

Metal ceiling lamp: £119.99, Zara

As mentioned lighting is key, look for warm, yellow lights and place them strategically. Either a tall lamp by your sofa, like this Zara one, or a few stylish light bulbs around your kitchen. If you have a large space creating pools of light will bring that space inward, making it feel warmer and more intimate.

£19.99, Zara

Polished glass effect vase: £19.99, Zara

Vases are an incredible way to add a contemporary flash to your living room and kitchen, elevate this even further with the addition of dried flowers or an accompanying plant.

£34.95, Desenio

Minimalist poster: £34.95, Desenio

Pieces of art around your space can be a great way to introduce a bit of colour or elevate the space, pairing a piece of contemporary art with a black frame will really give your wall a bit of sophistication.

Link shelf: £328.00, Iamfy

Link shelf: £328.00, Iamfy

When choosing furniture invest in well-made, crafted wood. Japan is revered for the craftsmanship and practicality of their furniture. Look for warm wood tones with storage, and sofas that are comfortable in muted colours, you want the space to be harmonious, not overpowered by bright or contrasting colours.

So if you’re looking for a big change to your home or just looking for little ways to spice it up, keep your eye out for ‘Japandi’ inspired décor. These pieces will help bring warmth, and style to your space without being intrusive or overbearing.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. 

She currently writes about fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment and is training for an NCTJ Qualification. Before working for Future Publishing’s News Writing Team, she worked in the Ad Production Team where she wrote and designed adverts. 

When she isn’t writing articles on celebrities, fashion trends, or the newest Netflix shows you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing, and probably online shopping.