Japandi is a stylistic expression to describe the interior trend of blending East and West – Japanese and Scandinavian design. Although at first you might not see these two styles are particularly similar, they do both focus on comfort, simplicity and craftmanship, resulting in a space that can make you feel calm and content.
Here I look at 5 key interior characteristics of Japandi Style:
- NATURAL WOOD
Both Scandinavian and Japanese design highlights the importance of utilising natural wood within interiors. Scandi style showcases an abundance of raw, untouched wood whether it be in the architecture or furnishings, whilst Japanese Styles concentrates on curated and handcrafted wooden pieces around the home. Japandi inspires the use of light-coloured wood with eco-friendly properties that can stand the test of time and are highly durable. Natural wood feels pared back and unassuming yet welcoming and this compliments the Japandi ethos of a tranquil and harmonious space.
2. INTENTIONAL DÉCOR
A crucial component of Japanese design is not only the appearance and materials employed, but ultimately the purpose and intention of an interior. Homes are designed to emphasise the gathering of families within living, dining and kitchen rooms as well as encompassing layouts that inspire everyone to gather. This fits in well with Scandinavian style which cultivates a sense of relief and relaxation as we sit together in front of a fireplace or at a cosy seating nook. Japandi is an amalgamation of this, intentional design and décor forming a space where your home is a sanctuary for you and your family.
3. BARE & BEIGE
Japandi is characterised by a subtle, muted colour palette mostly consisting of neutrals and beige tones. A minimalist yet graceful palette that will enrich a feeling of calm comfort and pairs perfectly with the preferred natural wooden materials. Quietening pale colours can be superior through texture. Inserting tactile elements such as cosy fabrics, cool stones and rough wooden details helps promote the slow living ethos of Japandi Style.
Hand Painted Stones
4. SLENDER ELEGNACE
Sleek, streamline furnishings help define Japandi Style with tables, chairs and sofas that are discrete and slender framed. Lightweight, modular furniture with clean lines that are also highly practical showcase the ‘Japanese minimalism meets Scandinavian functionality’ significance of Japandi Style.
5. ORGANIC TOUCHES
As well as the spotlight on wood, nature and bringing the outdoors inside, adding organic touches to your home is a great way to incorporate Japandi Style. Showcase abstract sculptural vases with dried flowers or branches to add that sense of sophistication and simplicity. Play with scale to emphasise Asian influences, such as sizeable almost tree like branches or if you prefer smaller pieces like these dried Pampas stems.