The Japandi Style

Japandi is an interior design style which fuses Scandinavian and Japanese elements. This creates a functional minimalist look which in turn, brings a calming atmosphere. The two may be separated by oceans, language and culture, but they have more in common than meets the eye. They share a love of simplicity, neutral tones and an appreciation of expert craftsmanship.

  • Shades of white, cream, beige, grey and black make up the main colour palette.
  • No glossy finishes or flashy embellishments.
  • Minimal and neutral sofa shapes
  • Keep restraint in mind and don’t over dress the room

Neutral furnishings in such a close-knit colour scheme might start to feel a bit samey-samey – so its key to add visual interest into your space using TEXTURE.

Wood – linen – chunky wool – knit – simple tufting – fringing – tassels – wicker – sisal – all of these will add an interesting depth, and yet still meet the neutral scheme.

The Japandi home vibe is calm and serene. However, it’s important to add pops of deeper tones, but in a subtle, restrained way – this is where charcoal and soft matt black come into play. For example, dark legs on a cream sofa, black tassels or fringing on a cushion, a black vase or lamp in matt finish, black frames on art or a statement black mirror.

If you’re concerned about lack of colour, this is where PLANTS come in. Both Japanese and Scandi cultures, rely heavily on plants as a mood booster and its perfectly complimentary to add all shades of natural greens to this simple palette. If you’re a “plant killer!” and don’t have very green fingers, faux succulents and greenery are so realistic and last forever. A simple random shaped branch/twig/blossom foraged from your garden or a walk, makes impactful drama in a simple vase against a plain wall or corner.

Have a look at the gorgeous bedlinen, cushions, and table linens which dress this brief so perfectly.

So it’s Sayonara and Hej da!

[that’s cheerio from a wee Scot]

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