Japandi is a hybrid trend. This new look takes the modern flair of Scandinavian design and combines it with the timeless elegance of a Japanese aesthetic. This create a style that brings together the best of both worlds. Think simplicity, organization and minimalism. But what’s clever about Japandi is that it blends together two complementary design styles, while balancing the excesses of each.
So, Japanese interiors may be sleek and elegant, but they can appear clinical. However, the Scandinavian concept of “hygge” (comfort and coziness) helps to compensate for this with a natural, pared-back aesthetic.
The Japandi colour palette
Perhaps for fans of fuchsia and statement neon shades, you might want to look away now. After all, Japandi colour schemes feature neutral, muted tones: think beige, taupe, oatmeal and stone. So, I suggest you avoid anything too white or bright and nothing should jar, grate or dominate. In fact, the idea is to create a calming, harmonious atmosphere in a similar way to Biophilic design. Therefore, you can introduce warmth where needed via different materials.
Japandi colour schemes don’t have to be bland or boring. As a result, one way to avoid this is to introduce a contrasting color. Therefore, why not opt for soft Scandi shades of pale pink, blue, green or grey? Or add some richness with a darker accent color, such as black or charcoal grey. In fact, you often see these deeper tones in Japanese interiors, and they are a clever way to add interest to minimalistic décor.
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Nurture the nature
Natural fibers and sustainable materials are also key elements in Japandi style. So, I find wood is an obvious choice for furniture. Therefore, Scandinavian pieces are perfect as they typically feature clean, simple lines. Meanwhile, in Japan, stained or painted woods and curved shapes are more common. However, don’t be afraid to mix and match the two styles, to increase visual interest. In addition to wood, other popular Japandi materials are bamboo, rattan and paper.
The cultivation of house plants is a key theme within Japandi design.
Plants are another important feature in Japandi interior design. After all, they are a simple, cost-effective way to bring nature indoors. In fact, they feel welcoming, add natural vibrancy and are useful for ‘softening’ an ultra-minimalist interior. In addition, plants can also improve air quality by reducing carbon dioxide and dust – perfect for emulating all that healthy Scandinavian air! Where space allows, I like to mix and match potted and hanging plants. Or you could choose a Bonsai tree to emphasize your room’s Japanese feel.
Textures and fabrics within Japandi design
Now, if you’re keen to add some warmth and interest to your Japandi interior, I suggest you consider using different textures and fabrics. The Japanese, in particular, are renowned for incorporating exquisite patterns in their décor. So, cushions and curtains are an obvious place to start, but you could add throws and tableware, too. In fact, silk, velvet and cashmere are indulgent textures that will help to create hygge. Otherwise, you could enhance a rustic space with intricate patterns for a burst of vibrancy.
You can also use shapes and textures in Japandi style with accessories. Mirrors, picture frames, table lamps, vases and even carefully curated artwork can transform the look and feel of a room.
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Minimalism and multi-functionality
The minimalist Japandi vibe advocates zero clutter, which is one of the reasons why it’s so suited to small space/open plan living. However, functionality and well-being are also very important. After all, when space is at a premium, everything present needs to justify its place.
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