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Japandi Living: 5 Steps to Tranquility, Elegance, and Timeless Beauty!

The term Japandi is a combination of "Japan" and "Scandi," representing the merging of these two design philosophies.

Japanese design is known for its clean lines, minimalism, and emphasis on nature, while Scandinavian design focuses on simplicity, light colors, and natural materials.

Scandinavian homes with low ceilings and small windows can feel cramped and lack natural light, resulting in a potentially gloomy atmosphere. However, both styles share similarities in natural materials, functionality, and simplicity, creating clean and uncluttered spaces.

Japandi Living combines Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian design principles.

A harmonious blend of tranquility, elegance, timeless beauty, functionality, and natural materials results from the fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian styles.


Open layouts and sliding doors, and low ceilings and small windows on the right

Unleashes Your Inner Minimalist for Zen-Like Bliss!

Start the Japandi approach by decluttering your space and keeping only essential items.

Each item should serve a purpose and contribute to the overall functionality of the room.

Pay attention to small details. Incorporate traditional Japanese elements like shoji screens, sliding doors, or tatami mats to add authenticity and depth to your Japandi interior.

Color After that, you can choose a neutral color palette consisting of soft whites, muted grays, warm browns, and gentle pastels. These colors create a calming and serene atmosphere in your Japandi space. Avoid excessive use of clean whites, as warm whites provide cleanliness without sterility.

Material Incorporate natural materials such as wood, bamboo, stone, and rattan. Use them for furniture, flooring, and decorative elements to bring in the organic and earthy feel that defines Japandi style.

You can create a balanced fusion by incorporating Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Pair clean lines and simplicity from Scandinavian design with the warmth and nature-inspired elements of Japanese design.

Choose furniture pieces that are simple, sleek, and functional. Opt for clean designs, low-profile seating, and multifunctional pieces to maximize space and usability.



Embrace the beauty of imperfection by adorning your space with handmade pottery, vintage treasures, and items that gracefully age and reveal natural textures.

Let wabi-sabi infuse your home with authenticity, simplicity, and a profound appreciation for the beauty found in the imperfect. Wabi-sabi is often reflected through simplicity, minimalism, and the use of natural materials.

It encourages a sense of serenity, mindfulness, and an appreciation for the transient nature of things.

Embrace the organic charm of materials with natural variations, like raw-edge wooden shelves and uneven stone tiles or dried flowers, branches, and twigs, honoring their faded elegance. Select personal collections, such as seashells, stones, or vintage books, honoring their unique character and imperfections.


Nature is timeless, so add touches of nature to your Japandi interior. Use indoor plants, bonsai trees, and natural fibers like jute or linen for rugs, cushions, and curtains, or use a large bamboo stick as decoration. These elements bring a sense of tranquility and connection with the natural world.

"For me, Japandi is not about buying new items, but about creating space between existing pieces you already own!"

- Laurine, Founder Cake


Japandi embraces warm, diffuse light resembling candlelight or lanterns. Proper lighting, whether for Japanese style or any other, affects our mood. It consists of three elements: decorative, task, and accent lighting. Achieve a perfect balance of style and comfort with a mix of these three. Japandi lighting sets mood, tranquility, and coziness. Consider using paper lanterns, diffused lighting fixtures, or candles to achieve a gentle and inviting atmosphere.

Create an open and airy layout by allowing ample natural light to flow in and keeping the space uncluttered. Use light-colored curtains or blinds to maximize light penetration.

With Japandi Living, your home will embody tranquility, elegance, and timeless beauty through the artful blend of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian design.

Create a balanced, harmonious environment by decluttering, using natural materials, subtle color palettes, and connecting with nature and warm lighting. Make your living space a haven of simplicity and beauty, with each element serving a purpose.


Cake is a lifestyle brand offering unique homewares and accessories that celebrate culture and individuality. Founder Laurine Brugman designs products that withstand trends and fads - creating timeless pieces that you’ll treasure forever.

We’re passionate about preserving traditional crafts and passing on a little bit of love with our hand-made items. All of our items are produced in limited runs to eliminate waste and ensure quality.


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