Japandi: Transform Your Home into a Zen Paradise
By Khalidha Naushad
Japandi, one of 2017’s coolest design trends, is still popular among fans of less-is-more home styling and has resurfaced in 2021. This hybrid trend is a combination of two global minimalist technique elements which bring out a beautiful, serene, and relaxing space. According to the CEO of Ward 5 Design, Leni Calas, "Japandi design is the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of art, nature, and simplicity." This fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colours.
This is mainly characterised by the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which is the acceptance of imperfection with a lifestyle of slow-living, contentment and simplicity and the mixture of the Scandinavian practice of hygge, the tendency to be neutral; lots of textures and the use of natural material such as plants, water features or other elements that bring the feeling of ‘zen’ into your home. Japanese and Scandinavian shared aesthetics work so well together because they are both rooted in minimalism and comfort. This type of interior design gives a simple and homely decorating style that is reduced to the essentials yet creates an elegant space that radiates warmth and comfort.
Basically, your home should be your sanctuary and provide a feeling of comfort every time you walk in the front door.
How to decorate in the Japandi style
Keep it natural
Japanese interior and outdoor designs are driven by a desire to embrace nature. Choose neutral, subdued tones when it comes to colour, suggests grahamandgreen.co.uk. Beige, sand, cream, taupe, oatmeal and stone are all good choices. Anything that is excessively white or dazzling should be avoided. Nothing should be jarring, grating, or overwhelming. You want to create a peaceful, harmonious environment. You can add a contrasting colour if you find these hues to be a little boring. Choose mild Scandi shades like pale pink, blue, green, or grey for this, or add depth with a darker accent colour like black or charcoal grey. Light-coloured natural fibres and sustainable materials – such as rattan, bamboo, cotton, hemp and paper – are a key component of Japandi style. For visual interest, you can add in some cool metals too. Repurposing furniture or adding natural stone or wood into your living spaces, according to familyhandyman.com, is a great way to accept imperfection.
Combine both furniture styles
In order to create a coherent environment, Japandi aims for a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian design features. With that being said, you should remember not to rely solely on one side of the Japandi design, but to seamlessly combine the two types of furniture in a way that makes sense. While ensuring that the pieces you select are of the highest quality, it's also important to consider the colour and shape of the furniture. Clean, uncomplicated lines are typical of Scandinavian designs. Meanwhile, in Japan, dyed or painted wood and curved-shaped furniture are more prevalent. Both bright and dark coloured woodwork in this situation. However, try to make the colour of the wood you choose match the colour of your room. This creates a modern, harmonious feel. Alongside bamboo and rattan, wood is an obvious choice for furniture, recommends grahamandgreen.com.
Make use of texture and bring on the hygge
The concept, Hygge, relates to a space's distinct feeling of warmth and welcome. Focus on natural materials that evoke a sense of nature and simplicity, such as unpolished woods or bamboo pieces, to really nail this style. It is a significant component of Japandi, and it can be accomplished with simple features like the use of candles and enhanced natural light, as well as books, throw cushions, and so on. In fact, cushions, curtains, rugs, and dinnerware are also good investments. Indulgent textures will aid in the creation of hygge, while patterns will provide a splash of colour. This is how you make the style feel warm and inviting rather than chilly.
Keep out the clutter
Making room in your home for things that truly matter is decluttering. Clutter is anything you're keeping that doesn't add value to your life and a true Japandi space is one that’s devoid of clutter and not just the kind that we associate with being messy as this design aesthetic focuses on clean lines and open spaces. If you do need to keep other items on hand, keep them out of sight through the creative use of storage.