Japandi does not mean total bareness, of course! Shutterstock

14. Focus on maintaining simple, clean lines for Japandi style.

Minimalism aims for a “less is more” mantra, but Japandi is not entirely like minimalism. With minimalism, the focus is on the simplicity of the design. In Japandi decor, simplicity is the aim rather than extreme spareness, so look for sleek lines and clean edges when choosing your items. The lines do not have to be vertical or horizontal, of course, but they are more satisfying to look at. Focus on functionality and look for flat, smooth surfaces that create bold statements. Ideally, Japandi furniture should be lower to the ground and of a similar height to make an equal amount of wall space. We will touch on color palettes later, but keep neutral colors in mind for now.


Japandi is human-centric, not style-centric; it is not rigid. It places the needs of the human above the aesthetic desires, so do not stress about whether or not something “fits” perfectly in style and go more with what you think works. After all, this is your space, and it is about you. The beauty of a hybrid style in design is that you can take all the best parts of each design and leave out whatever you don’t like. As long as you are happy, no one else’s opinion matters!