If cottagecore felt a little too dark, cluttered and uh, mossy for your tastes, this year’s emerging home trend may be more your speed: Japandi. The design movement marries two minimalist aesthetics, infusing the Japanese principle of wabi sabi with Scandinavian décor’s penchant for sleek-yet-comfy furnishings. It’s sparse without looking stark, bright without being bland—and it’s taking over big time. Pinterest has seen searches for “Japandi” climb 100 percent year over year, prompting the site to deem it “the new modern” in its 2021 predictions report.
“Japandi teaches us to find beauty in imperfection, form deep connections to earth/nature, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life,” explains Shanty Wijaya of Allprace Properties, who spent the better part of 2020 infusing the aesthetic into her own home, with the staging assistance of A 1000x Better. It “created a peaceful and calm space that we desperately needed.”
So, how do you score that sense of Zen in your own home? Here are our takeaways from talking to Wijaya—and poring over Pinterest data.