5 ways to incorporate Japandi design in your home

The style elegantly intertwines aspects of the nordic concept of Hygge, a feeling of warmth and well-being in the home and the Japanese concept of Wabi- Sabi, the acceptance of imperfection.

Product & Design
 Min read
April 25, 2022

Uncluttered, clean lines and a perfect infusion of tranquil Japanese and cozy Scandinavian style- Japandi has taken the interior decor world by storm. It is the perfect antidote to the chaos that dominates the modern and hectic lifestyle. Japandi is also called Scandinese, Japanordic, or simply Japanese minimalism.

Despite being 8,000 km away, Scandinavia and Japan are rooted in minimalism, they share core design principles, appreciate functionality and simplicity, and have profound respect for nature and craftsmanship.

The style elegantly intertwines aspects of the nordic concept of Hygge- a feeling of warmth and well-being in the home and the Japanese concept of Wabi- Sabi, the acceptance of imperfection. Japandi takes the modern flair of Scandinavian design and combines it with the timeless elegance of a Japanese aesthetic to create a calming fusion. It is characterized by spaces that are bright, and simplistic, with neutral colour tones and clean lines.

Trust us when we say, this is the design you have been waiting for. But how to emulate Japandi in our own homes? Here 5 simple ways to do it:

Follow minimalism

The nucleous of Japandi design is the principle of minimalism. It is a design and art style that reacts to the excessiveness of the maximalist design. Minimalism has its roots in Japanese culture and it marked its inception with the peak point of the modern movement of the 1950s. Achieving simplicity is the key goal of the Japandi style. It is not just a trend, Japandi is a lifestyle.

Apart from living space, if you are creating a Japandi bedroom, it should encourage relaxation without cluttering the room, be tech-free and it should feature superior aesthetics with bright and soft furnishings.  

Declutter space

In both Japanese and Scandinavian designs, simplicity is the centre of human needs. Achieving clean lines and decluttered spaces is the goal of the style. Large windows that allow natural light to flood your room are a must to achieve the style. The natural light allows the hero pieces to shine and promotes an overall feeling of spaciousness and calm. To achieve Japandi without taking down the walls, use less and low furniture. Try low benches, couches, beds and coffee tables. It not only makes your space look spacious but more visually pleasing and authentic.

Embrace natural materials

A Japandi style home relies heavily on natural elements to breathe a sense of vibrancy into the décor. Your Japandi home should be full of natural elements, especially sustainable materials. Some of the popular elements that can be included are iron, marble, wood, bamboo, rattan, seashells, feathers, timber stools, sisal rugs, paper, terracotta pots, raw wood, linen, and hemp to encompass the hybrid aesthetic. Be sure to include a lot of plants into your Japandi interiors to make the room seem even more cohesive.

Also, make sure you include elements of wood- natural, without varnish. But wood is not just limited to furniture—it can be liberally used on walls and floors.

Prefer neutral colours

To maintain the Japandi aesthetics, stick with a warm and neutral colour palette. You can marry the traditional Scandinavian neutrals with darker Japanese style timbers and raw materials. This will ensure a natural partnership, promoting feelings of tranquillity.
Your Japandi home can stand out with neutral walls and contrast achieved with the depth of colour of your furniture and decor. You can pair indigo blues, dark greys, deep earthy tones with Scandinavian neutrals- beige, cream, oatmeal, tans and stone colours. Make sure you use darker colours sparingly and intentionally throughout the home.

Quality over quantity

While incorporating Japandi, choose accessories, furniture and decor items limiting your selection to thoughtful and functional pieces. One of the prime goals of Japandi is to incorporate multi-functional furniture which is practical as well as simple. The idea behind buying these pieces should be that of long-term investment. While making your purchase for the furniture you can go for curved furniture, which is also one of the biggest trends this season.

From curvilinear, rectilinear, or dramatic lines, the shapes of specific furniture pieces and artwork should be chosen with great purpose.

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