The interior trend of ‘Japandi’ combines Scandinavian cosiness with Japanese simplicity. The two styles work harmoniously together, giving you a balanced blend of functionality and minimalism.
The popular Scandinavian concept of ‘Hygge’ suggests your home should feel sanctuary-like, giving you comfort and contentment every time you walk through the door. The Japanese notion ‘Wabi-Sabi’ is the view that there is beauty in imperfection. Interior designers often focus on quality craftmanship and the beauty of nature, whilst pairing these with a sleek, clean and minimalistic base. When these two concepts are merged, you get a style that is rooted in minimalism and peace.
So how can you get the Japandi look and feel in your home? Firstly, bringing in natural elements helps enforce the rustic aspect of Scandinavian style, but also the natural imperfections of Japanese interiors. Rustic wood floors help bring character and definition to your room, as well as the natural aspect. Opt for a real engineered wood floor for the ultimate natural feel, but if you have pets or children you may prefer a laminate or vinyl alternative.
When considering colour schemes, focus on simple colours we often see in nature. Beige, taupe, cream and sand are ideal for embracing the Japandi style. Pair these colours with natural textures like rattan, bamboo or cotton to give you a tranquil cohesive space.
Minimalism is a key aspect of both interior styles. However, it can be difficult to cut down on the clutter and live a fully minimalist lifestyle. Faux minimalism is a great compromise. Use storage boxes and containers to keep the space looking minimal, but still allowing you access to the items you need to use.
With furnishings, you want to focus on quality craftmanship. These items might be more of an investment, but they're built to last and will stand the test of time. Keeping with the natural theme, opt for items that are sustainable and safe for our planet, focusing on natural materials like wood and bamboo. Keep the accessories minimal, as you don't want to clutter the space. You can add plants, ornaments or maybe a large wall clock to tie all the elements together.
And that's it! Keep it minimal, focus on natural colours and materials, and invest in longer-lasting furnishings. Even though the Japandi trend is a newer concept, we feel this one is here to stay.