The infusion and blend of the Japanese and the Scandinavian styles add together and become the new “Japandi” style. It is sometimes also named “Scandi-Japan”, “Japanordic” or “Scandenese”. This style is commonly created for a warmer and cozy vibe. With the right amount of items, which signifies the Wabi-Sabi lifestyle and finding true beauty of the Japanese design.

While it is true that Japan has the main characteristics of basic design principles and mostly the minimalist and calm design style and Scandinavian brings simplicity through being uncluttered and cozy.

The Key Elements of Japandi:

  • Clean lines. 
  • Functional minimal furniture.
  • Decluttered space. 
  • Natural materials. 
  • Combination of contrasting colours like pearl grey, sky blue, natural wood in dark and light shade, a hint of black, pale pink and white. 
  • Functional accessories. 

Here’s how to incorporate Japandi style for your interior space:

(1) Every piece of the item should have a purpose: The Japandi style has to do with the consecration of the essential, and everything. Items that you keep in the space must be as practical as they are aesthetically appealing.

(2) Go down to earth, such as lowering the height of the furniture: Choose furniture that is low to the ground with clean, simple lines. Low furniture is a great way to make the space free-flowing and creates a relaxed atmosphere. Functionality is also the key so that furniture can be doubled up as storage too.

(3) Create balanced hue lighting: Balancing the light look of a Japandi interior is important, nature-inspired hues create an atmosphere that is peaceful for the eyes and soul.

(4) Incorporate “playful” patterns with hand-crafted geometrics: Playful patterns in hand-crafted geometrics are artful bold detail in design and can stimulate creative thinking and calmness in the space. It express a versatile atmosphere and find the balance which give a pleasured look to Modern Japandi home.

(5) Use neutral or light colours: Japandi is all about neutral colours. For your walls, choose an off-white colour to help reflect daylight through space. Choose neutral fabrics like beige, off-white, or muted grey, natural wood tones, and simple shapes and for furniture, keep your palette subdued and accessorize with complementary natural hues such as sky blue, green, browns, and other earth tones. You don’t need to be afraid of adding colours, but make sure they are muted tones and invoke a sense of calm and tranquility. Accents of black sometimes can also be used to bring the look and contrast together.

(6) Add a contrast tone and mix dark contrast with the Scandinavian neutral tones: If you’re struggling to pick a contrast colour that matches your Japandi room, your best bet is to pick a warm colour as your base.

(7) Advocate for eco-friendly or even sustainable materials: Sustainable interior design is all about reducing your home’s environmental impact. This means opting for eco-friendly products when furnishing and decorating your property, as well as getting your home to function sustainably. When unsustainable, toxic, and non-biodegradable materials are used to make this short-lived furniture, it’s incredibly damaging to the environment… Going green also presents the opportunity to highlight natural and sustainable materials, such as wood, jute, or rattan, throughout interiors.

(8) Follow the Minimalist principles: Minimalism is a way of life, Minimalism is a very freeing philosophy. Most people are familiar today with the concept of minimalism, which involves stripping things down to their most basic form.

(9) Use simple clean lines: One of the aspects of Minimalist focus on using simple and clean lines. Flat, smooth surfaces and strong, clean lines create bold statements that emphasize the essential nature of each item. You won’t be able to find highly patterned furnishings and accessories or highly detailed ornamentation in the interior space. Instead, the focus is on the purity and simplicity of the shape and form.

(10) De-clutter the space: Decluttering your home and taking care of the mess is actually a way to take better care of yourself. Everyone has a bit of junk lying around the house. Household clutter seems relatively harmless but many people feel stressed and like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage.

(11) Use natural materials, best with wood-usually light oak: It is important to use natural materials to nail the Japandi interior,  as nature is significant in both Scandinavian and Japanese cultures.  

Wood is one of the most important materials in achieving this aesthetic, whether it’s through the flooring, furniture, or soft furnishings. Bamboo, paper, and rattan are the other popular natural materials that would also integrate perfectly in a Japandi style.

(12) Simple but warm/natural textures: The best way to add some warmth and interest to your Japandi interior is to use different textures. Cushions and curtains are a great way to start, as well as throws and tableware.

(13) Bespoke craftsmanship: Quality, handmade furniture pieces are made to last. Bespoke craftsmanship or Custom-made furniture refers to pieces that craftsmen build accordingly to customer’s specifications, allowing customize of different aspects such as the colours and materials.

(14) One or Two main statement pieces: While too much decorative item is a “no-no” to Japandi style. In fact, a well-considered statement piece would work wonderfully. Avoid putting a huge statement piece that may be overwhelming.

(15) Elegant plants: The right amount of plants in the space is important, types of the plant is equivalent important too… such as Bonsai, Bamboo, Hanging planters. Nature and plants with all their elements and their organic shapes have great power on the human body, mainly to provide calm, peace, and relaxation. It can also make you feel harmony in the surrounding environment.

Japandi is the East meets West design movement that blends Japanese artistic elements and Wabi-Sabi philosophy with Scandinavian comfort and warmth. Despite Japan and Scandinavia being completely different cultures, they both share the same core design principles which are to focus on functionality and simplicity, as well as respect for nature.

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