Japandi styling is the marriage of Japanese and Scandinavian design. When first considered, you might not think that there are many similarities between the two, but they actually share a lot of the same key ideas.
Scandinavian interior styling is about the simplicity of furnishing and architecture with little clutter, whilst Japanese aims for minimalism, elegance and calming design. Each style has simplicity, natural components, and comfort at the forefront – so it makes sense to pair the two.
What are the key elements of Japandi styling?
- Minimalistic furniture that serves its purpose
- Decluttered rooms
- Clean lines
- Natural materials
- Contrasting colours such as; sky blue, pearly grey, natural wood in different shades, black, taupe and white
- Accessories that are functional
Japandi styling should feature beautiful craftsmanship. A focus on quality, long-lasting pieces instead of fast fashion, and cheaper structures. The style emphasizes sustainability with natural materials and simple designs, a more eco-friendly aesthetic.
The natural idea is also passed on through the colour and paint choices to complement the furnishings. Tranquil and calming palettes are to be chosen, and brighter colours are incorporated subtly.
How do Scandinavian and Japanese styles work together?
Scandi design preaches the notion of ‘Hygge’ – a concept of cosiness in the design. It means that your home should be your own sanctuary of comfort, and make you feel good when you walk through the door.
Japanese styling comes with the notion of ‘wabi-sabi’, appreciating and seeing the beauty within the imperfections in things.
Both styles have minimalism and comfort as the main focus, so the shared aesthetic creates a style that is sophisticated and sleek, whilst being rustic and comforting.
How can I incorporate Japandi into my home?
To pull off this look, focus on natural materials such as wood like bamboo, concrete, and bring in plants and greenery. Having plants in your home will bring in the sense of the outdoors and create a coming atmosphere.
Reducing the clutter in your home is also essential – open storage is not something to be included in this trend. Use boxes and baskets to tidily hide away as much as you can.
To get the balance right with cosiness, use warm and soft textures for dressing seats and sofas – but has the sophistication of the Japanese in mind.
Look for things that will stand the test of time and work with other styles in years to come.
Neither of these trends is new, but their combination will be a rising trend in the next few years.