What is Japandi?

Natalia Kolomiets

Posted on January 31 2021

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You may not think that Japan and Scandinavia have much in common, but when it comes to home design, they are much more similar than you might think. The aesthetic of each is focused on simplicity, natural elements and comfort, so it is no wonder that we see more and more designers merging both styles and calling it "Japandi" (also known as Japanese and Scandinavian). Although it's a relatively new trend, expect to see Japandi appear on your Instagram feeds this year.

 

What is Japandi design?

According to Leni Calas of Ward 5 Design, "Japandi design is the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a sense of art, nature and simplicity." This fusion creates the perfect combination of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colors.

 

Scandinavian solid wood furniture

 

What are the elements of Japandi?

The perfect fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian, Japandi's design focuses on simple, minimalist designs that are aesthetically pleasing yet rooted in function.

According to Calas, expect to find a lot of natural materials, muted colors, clean lines, and minimal but well-kept furniture. Japandi's design is not lacking, but it is intentional.

Japandi styles feature beautiful craftsmanship with a focus on quality and handmade pieces on cheap, disposable frames. You'll also see a host of neutral colors and paint options to complement Japandi's furniture and accessories. Calming, calm and peaceful palettes are usually chosen, and when brighter colors are incorporated, they are done meaningfully and subtly.

Also, Japandi styles often emphasize sustainability. The prevalence of natural materials and simple designs makes for a great green decorating style. With more and more consumers looking for an eco-friendly aesthetic, Japan's popularity comes as no surprise.

  

How Japanese and Scandinavian Styles Work Together

 If you are familiar with the layout of Scandi, surely you have come across the notion of "Hygge". This is the Scandinavian concept of comfort and homey in design, and it has gained increasing popularity in the US in recent years. Basically, your home should be your sanctuary and should provide you with a sense of comfort every time you walk through the front door.

Now, merge that idea with the Japanese notion of "wabi-sabi", or the idea that there is beauty in imperfection, and you will create the harmonious marriage that is Japandi. Japanese and Scandinavian design styles work very well together because they are both based on simplicity and comfort. Aesthetics Shared of the two comes together to create a style that is both relaxed and sophisticated.

And where the two approaches diverge, their differences actually complement each other. Where Japanese interiors are elegant, Nordic ones are rustic. The richer (but still neutral) colors of Japanese design help keep the stark, crisp palettes of Scandinavian homes from feeling clinical or cold.

 

Scandinavian style natural wood japandi

 

How can I decorate in japandi style?

If you are a fan of minimalism and "Hygge", you have probably already started experimenting with the Japandi style. To really play around with this style, focus on natural materials like raw woods or oak pieces They bring the feeling of nature and simplistic beauty. Calas recommends using muted colors with hints of pale green or bringing plants and greenery into your home to give it a sense of outdoor life.

Reducing clutter is also key to achieving the Japandi look. This design aesthetic focuses on clean lines and open spaces. But if you have an active home and are struggling to find that minimalist look, Calas recommends trying "fake minimalism" with natural containers like boxes and baskets, built-in furniture or folding screens to hide excess stuff and keep your space clutter-free.

For the best of both worlds, take advantage of the comfort of Scandinavian design with warm textures and soft pieces while maintaining the elegance of Japanese decor. While both styles focus on the utilitarian, it is important to maintain a sense of zen calm in your space.

Because Japandi's design focuses on craftsmanship, it is not intended to be disposable. Look for pieces that will stand the test of time and that will work with your décor for many years. It's a clear antidote to the one-use culture we've embraced for so long. Instead, focus on parts that are sustainable and safe for our planet.

Although both Japanese and Scandinavian décor are not new, the combination of the two is sure to be an upward trend for years to come.

If you like this concept and want to bring some nature to your home, visit Oak Store, We will help you choose natural wood furniture.

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