Both Scandinavian and Japanese design have been influencing interiors trends for many years but this year, the biggest interior design trend of all is a beautiful fusion of the two.
Japandi started to emerge as a trend back in 2018 but has absolutely soared in popularity more recently. Both the Scandinavians and the Japanese are known for their fondness of elegant yet functional minimalism and this perfectly “instagrammable” trend combines elements of both approaches. Overall, the trend signifies a desire to lead a more simple life whilst embracing the beauty of nature. After all the uncertainty and upheaval we’ve all faced over the pandemic, it’s no surprise that designers, influencers and home renovators are incorporating this style of design into their homes.
In this blog, we’re looking at ways you can introduce Japandi elements into your living spaces, and after the past 18 months, a serene and calming home environment might be just the style you’re looking for.
The first step towards creating the perfect Japandi home interior has to be the removal of clutter. Functional minimalism is a key element of this trend, so try to display only a select number of items. The pieces you choose should either perform a function or bring you happiness, so discard anything which you don’t need or holds little sentimental value. Cluttered surfaces are best avoided whatever style you favour for your home, so ensure you have ample storage space for those items you don’t want to part with.
Clean and Sleek
Clean lines are also a must when it comes to Japandi design. The Japanese believe that a streamlined space is a more harmonious space, so when it comes to furniture, stick to strong shapes and crisp edges. There’s no need to stick to one particular shape as Japandi celebrates imperfection too. Combine minimalist sideboards or cabinets with circular coffee tables or curved armchairs for maximum impact.
Fitted furniture is an excellent choice for enveloping the Japandi vibe as its inherent hugging of a room’s contours will ensure your space is streamlined and will also provide you with enough storage of the right type to keep your surfaces clutter-free.
Gallery walls may be popular right now, but this maximalist feature has no place in Japandi style interiors. Japandi interiors are designed to be soothing so the walls should be kept as bare as possible. Bold patterned wallpapers are to be avoided in favour of plain neutral walls and any wall art should be kept to a minimum.
If you’re an art lover and don’t like the idea of completely bare walls, choose to hang a single contemporary print rather than an array of mismatched masterpieces. The focus in Japandi interiors is on the functionality of the furniture so avoid your walls becoming a distraction.
A perfectly styled Japandi interior will incorporate elements of the natural world. The beauty and simplicity of natural woods such as oak, teak and pine are the ideal material choices for furniture and can be beautifully complemented with houseplants. Botanicals won’t just add interest and visual appeal to your Japandi home but will also contribute to achieving a calm and soothing atmosphere. To take the theme further, consider introducing some Bonsai trees. If you do a little research before you buy, you may find that they’re not as tricky to maintain as previously thought!
Give a Little Back
A Japandi home is respectful of nature which is something to bear in mind when styling yours. Whilst the trend has a strong connection with the natural elements, it’s a good idea to be mindful of how your choices impact the environment. Both the Scandinavians and the Japanese value quality over quantity, so instead of filling your living space with mass produced and poorly manufactured furniture and furnishings, why not enlist the services of local craftsmen to create high quality pieces which will last for years to come.
At Hartleys we specialise in designing high quality, functional furniture, created just for you and your space. Whether you’re looking for bedroom, home-study, lounge or multi-purpose furniture ideas, you will have a vast range of styles and finishes to choose from, and every design we create will make the very best use of your space with a sleek and streamlined appeal. Contact us on tel 01756 700471 to speak to one of our designers, pop by our Skipton showroom or request a design visit to your home.