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Japandi Style : What is it and how to apply it at home

Japandy style definition

The Japandi style is a design trend that merges the techniques and styles of two regions of the world: Japan and Scandinavia.

The outcome of this blend gives us visually clean, minimalist interiors with a touch of elegance, setting up welcoming and cozy spaces.

Japanese interiors have a relaxing atmosphere, where zen and harmonious spaces are combined with the warmth of Nordic or Scandinavian decoration.

A brief reminder of the history of Japandi

The origin of the Japandi decorating style is due to the cultural ties between Denmark and Japan. More than 150 years ago, Danish architects, artists and designers were looking for new sources of inspiration. Thus, the relationship of influence between these two countries began.

These artists were among the first Westerners to visit a country that had just opened its borders after 220 years. Thus, the Japanese influence in Danish art begins to become visible in Danish architecture, ceramics, furniture and minimalism until today.

In addition, both nations share a respect for craftsmanship, quality of workmanship and the use of natural materials, primarily wood. It is also true that other cultural similarities between these two regions are evident, such as Japan’s wabi-sabi philosophy and Denmark’s hygge approach, which revolve around a deep appreciation of simplicity.

How to bring Japandi style into your home?

While in their original forms, Japanese and Scandinavian styles appear similar, when applied together, they offer versatility and originality as well as a much wider color palette.

Here are the keys ideas to apply to your interior design in order to bring this decorative style intro your home :

Light and organized minimalism, free of any unnecessary decorative elements.

Japanese style interiors are simple, impactful and functional. Japandi style homes favor interior design based primarily on open spaces, which allow for comfortable circulation.

In the Japandi style, every object has a purpose or functionality. There is no room for decorations and unnecessary objects.

japandi colour palette

In japanese interiors, warm and neutral colors related to nature, such as brown or beige, are preferred.

To promote a more muted and relaxed atmosphere, we can also use blacks and grays. In addition, we will mix other brighter colors to add some freshness, such as pinks, blues or greens.

In the Japanese style, we will prioritize combinations that are between the cold and bright colors of Scandinavian decoration, with the warm and natural colors (browns, ochres, oranges …) of the Japanese style.

The use of natural materials

Japandi gardens and interiors are based on a taste for the imperfection inherent in natural and handcrafted materials.

The materials that predominate in the composition of the Japandi style are bamboo, papers, light woods (also very common in Scandinavian furniture), ceramics, cotton textiles, vegetable fibers and earthenware.

Wherever possible, the quality of the workmanship and raw materials used, both in the furniture and in the accessories, are highlighted.

Some traditional Japanese elements are also very present in these pieces, such as hand-lacquered “urushi” wallpaper, “shibori” style fabrics, handmade ceramics and lamps made of textured paper or “origami”.

Wabi-Sabi connexion

The japandi style is closely related to wabi-sabi, a decoration trend that seeks, purely and simply, to design interior spaces with a Zen and relaxing atmosphere. 

To apply wabi sabi in our Japandi interiors, we will favor bare walls and elements made of linen, wool and untreated fibers. 

Furthermore, we will favor the beauty and simplicity of the rustic and natural materials, which will allows us to connect with nature in our homes.

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