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Indian minimalism meets Japandi

A fusion of Indian and Japandi aesthetics creating a perfect balance of minimalism and intricate detailing. 

03/24/24 By Nilangi Prakash


When it comes to interior design, the combination of cultural influences frequently creates intriguing and relaxing spaces that capture the essence of the globalized society we currently live in. Of all the design movements that have emerged recently, two in particular—Japandi and Indian—have caught the attention of both designers and homeowners. Even though these two styles appear to have different origins and aesthetics, they can be combined to create spaces that seamlessly blend the vibrancy of Indian history with the tranquility of Japanese minimalism. 

Philosophies of Japandi and Indian styles 

Japandi design, which combines Scandinavian and Japanese design principles, values practicality, natural materials, and simplicity defined by clean lines, muted color schemes, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. These elements create an atmosphere that is peaceful. On the other hand, Indian interior design is well known for its elegance, vibrant hues, and elaborate patterns that draw inspiration from a variety of cultures and centuries-old customs. It features a perfect tapestry of handwoven fabrics, handcrafted furniture, and detailing that capture India's vibrant culture.

The contrast of these styles might seem contradictory at first, yet further observation shows a hidden harmony yet to be discovered. The bright hues and textures of Indian decor contrast against the minimalistic backdrop of Japandi style. Through the use of handwoven textiles, finely carved wooden furniture, and antique brass accessories into a space influenced by Japandi design, it is possible to create an individual design that celebrates both styles. 

Combined interiors 

When combining the philosophies of Japandi and Indian style there are fundamentals that arise as the basis of for a new style. This combination can be achieved through aspects like: Natural textures, neutral tones and minimalism. 


Neutral Color Palette 

A neutral color scheme with tones of white, beige, gray, and black is typical of Japandi design. In contrast, vivid hues like red, orange, yellow, and deep blue are embraced in Indian style. These styles can be combined by using the muted Japandi palette with earthy terracotta, mustard yellows, or jewel-toned blues and greens. 


Furniture and materials 

Japandi furniture has simple, practical forms and is composed of natural materials like rattan, bamboo and wood. It emphasizes simplicity and functionality. Indian design aspects can be incorporated through intricately carved wooden furniture covered in vibrant textiles that showcase classic Indian patterns including block prints and ikat. 

Textiles and Soft Furnishings 

To preserve the simplicity of Japandi style, linen or cotton textiles can be used for upholstery, drapes, and cushions while including accents of Indian textiles in the form of carpets, cushions, or throws that are patterned or have traditional embroidery.  


Decor and accents 

Minimalist decor pieces like ceramic tableware, bonsai plants and stone vases that are influenced by Japandi design concepts and adding decorative accents with an Indian character, such as hand-painted ceramics, antique brass sculptures, or carved wooden screens.  


Lighting and ambiance 

Using pendant lights or floor lamps with simple, geometric patterns to keep lighting fixtures simple and in line with Japandi aesthetics while adding warmth and personality with bronze sconces with elaborate designs and details, hanging lamps, or lanterns with Indian influences.  


In summary, it comes down to designing meaningful spaces that represent our beliefs, goals, and interconnectedness as people, rather than just making impressive interiors. We discover a celebration of design as well as society in the fusion of Japandi and Indian forms. 


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