Are you a big fan of both Japanese and Scandinavian design? Meet Japandi, the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese minimalism to create a sense of art, nature and simplicity in your interior. This fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, with an emphasis on clean lines, clear spaces and light colors.
What is Japandi?
Simply put, Japandi is a hybrid interior trend. This new way of decorating combines the modern flair of Scandinavian design with the timeless elegance of Japanese aesthetics to create a style with the best of both movements.
Both the Japanese and the Scandinavian style are about minimalism. They emphasize the importance of creating mainly functional rooms, defined by a minimum of essential elements rather than an accumulation of decorative objects.
Simplicity is therefore at the heart of the style in a Japandi interior. We find the Japanese idea of ’wabi-sabi’, which consists of the search for beauty in the imperfect. And there are also aspects of ‘hygge’, the Scandinavian trend that aims to create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort.
In the Japandi aesthetic, the neutral and pale colors of a Scandinavian style are balanced with the more persistent Japanese palette, while the sleek Japanese design is softened by the eclectic and rustic nature of the Scandi style. The result is clean lines, raw functionality, an impeccable finish and a lot of contrast.
The Japndi style emphasizes respect for craftsmanship and the origin of objects and furniture. Traditional techniques and craftsmanship are used to improve product quality and durability. It is evident that the manufacture took time and skill.
How do you create a Japandi interior
Now that you know what the Japandi trend is, you also want to know how to create your own Japandi interior. Below we have created a compact style guide for creating a Japandi interior.
1. Color palette
A Japandi interior is characterized by a warm and neutral color palette. InScandinavian interiors , white is often used as the base color, but mixed with Japanese influences, in a Japandi interior you will mainly find warm muted colors and natural tones, such as brown and beige. Gray and black are also good for creating a more dramatic atmosphere, but not in a predominant way.
Japandi is the perfect interface between the bright and cold color scheme of the Scandinavian style and the warm and natural of the Japanese. Cooler shades such as muted pink, blue and green are possible, but are often warmed up with earthy details and wooden elements. Color accents can be introduced, but always without exaggerating and breaking the minimalist harmony of the design.
2. Minimalist and orderly
Japandi interiors are simple, functional and orderly. Japandi houses are tidy and each object has its own purpose. There is no room for frills and useless elements.
Furniture pieces are carefully chosen – they are themselves statement and daring accessories. They are characterized by sleek and minimalist lines.
Japanese furniture is usually low in order to meet the traditional cultural need to feel and stand closer to the ground. Low elements also give a real sense of space and thus a sense of ‘calm’ in an interior. Low furniture fits perfectly with the Japandi style. So instead of a high cupboard, for example, you could opt for a low sideboard. A good choice is also a kitchen without wall units to leave space above the worktop.
Another way to create a sense of space and minimalism; provide sufficient space to move around and between furniture.
Decoration and accessories are therefore minimal, consisting of plants, glassware, books and handmade ceramics. Wall art is reduced to a few statement pieces as well. You will rarely see a large wall collage in a real Japandi interior. One large abstract work of art or a painting with a natural landscape is enough to decorate the room in a harmonious way.
Wabi Sabi Japan’s ethics are based on a love for natural and handmade imperfection. Choose furniture from simple and natural materials but of high quality. Wooden furniture and accessories should definitely not be missing in a Japandi interior. To create contrast, you can choose a mix of light and dark wood.
Combine furniture with natural and structured fabrics, without motifs and patterns, such as linen. You can also play by adding some traditional Japanese fixtures such as handmade lacquered ‘urushi’ wallpaper, shibori fabrics, as well as dipped and handmade ceramics and pretty paper lamps.
Plants are also a real must-have in Japandi interior. The integration of inside and outside is one of the basic principles of this style. Using plants is of course the best way to achieve this. They can also help soften the sometimes too clean lines of this minimalist look and add color!
And here too, you should go for quality instead of quantity. This means no random plants that you have to replace every few weeks, but a few good durable plants that you can enjoy for years to come.
Finding the perfect balance between a tidy and minimal space and a welcoming space is not easy, but it is the key to a perfect Japandi interior.
You can mix and match the Scandinavian and Japanese style in different ways. Combine statement wood coffee tables with urban chairs and sofas, then add elements from natural materials such as cork and wood. Keep the furniture low, but experiment with asymmetrical height of furniture pieces to break the monotony of the layout. Lay a wooden floor and use warm neutrals for the walls.
Then make the space cozier by adding some fabrics and textures, such as linen cushions and fluffy solid-colored rugs, and choose a statement wall art in neutral tones and a pretty plant to put the centerpiece.
6. Functional accessories
Add accessories carefully, but not too many. Scandinavian-style accessories focus on comfort, such as soft carpets, large cushions and cozy rugs to give a warm atmosphere to the interior.
Japanese accessories are usually functional objects, utensils such as vases or screens, dishes or trays. The Japandi style ideally combines the two, but retains a sense of simplicity and minimalism. Beauty must be associated with practicality.
Japandi is more than an interior style – it’s a philosophy. It is a meeting between East and West that works with the best of – and also with the differences between the Scandinavian and Japanese style to create a truly perfect minimalist style in the interior.
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