Like the namesake, Japandi is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian style. These two styles may seem a world apart, but despite the geographic distance, these styles are more similar than you’d think. So while it may seem odd, fusing these two styles together couldn’t work any more perfectly. In Japandi, east meets west in a collection of shared values, the chief amongst them being calm, tidiness, and functionality. These values are emphasised and celebrated, resulting in a peaceful interior that will melt the stress away and leave you feeling calm and centred every time you step through the front door. In this guide, we’ll show you how to create a Japandi interior by sharing the key principles that make it work and how to finish it off in style.
With Scandinavian style’s love of neutral colours and the Japanese desire for functionality and a shared love of clean lines, it’s only natural that minimalism is the driving force behind Japandi style.
Less is more in Japandi, the aim is to have an interior that’s free of clutter. The result is a calming home that gives both modern and traditional vibes.
To make an immediate impact in your living room, bring in the Leonard corner sofa upholstered in light grey fabric. This laid-back sofa creates a central point in your space without stealing the show.
If your living space is open plan, complement the sofa with a light grey Conway bar stool by your kitchen area. If it isn’t, then the Hudson upholstered dining chairs are the perfect pieces for creating a Japandi atmosphere in your dining room.
After minimalism, Japandi’s greatest love is the outdoors. Japandi homes bring in the great outdoors through wide windows, woods, and plenty of plants scattered through the home.
A brilliant way to showcase smaller plants in your space is through this stoneware flower pot with saucer. Perfect for placing on the windowsill or side table.
In Scandinavian style lighter, while in Japanese style darker wood is favoured. In Japandi, both light and dark woods are contrasted together for a harmonious effect. For example, the Curva dining chair. This Scandinavian style chair contrasts the dark wood frame with the lighter rattan seat, representing Japandi style to perfection.
The Finishing Touch
As mentioned, although both styles encourage a clutter-free and natural lifestyle, they still make use of accessories. Each accessory piece has a purpose and must feel like a well thought out part of the interior.
Japanese style accessories tend to be more functional stoneware pieces such as vases, plates, and bowls. They also embody the notion of “Wabi-sabi”, which means finding beauty in the imperfect. An example of this is this black and gold decorative plate, the plate mimics the wabi-sabi aesthetic of filling in cracked pottery with gold. An act which makes the broken more beautiful than it was before.
In a similar vein, Scandinavian accessories promote the Danish concept of Hygge. This concept works alongside the cold and dark Scandinavian weather by promoting a warm feeling of practical well-being and comfort. As such, these accessories tend to be throws, rugs, cushions, and other soft pieces. In Japandi homes, this textured floor cushion fits the bill perfectly. Or consider bringing in a subtle pop of colour with this blue printed cotton cushion.
This cross-cultural experience of interior design is growing rapidly in popularity due to its core concepts, simplicity, and an existing love of both Japanese and Scandinavian style in the interior design world.
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