Japandi Interior Design Style Trends
What is Japandi? Japandi combines Scandinavian design and Japanese minimalism. Traditional Japanese interior and marry it to contemporary Scandinavian space.
How to combine design styles well?
Japandi is the perfect example of a hybrid design style, even though Scandinavia and Japan are such different cultures, not to mention super distant geographically, Well, if you do it wrong, it’s a disaster, but if you do it right, you are writing this hot new trend called Japandi.
So Japandi is a mashup between Japanese and Scandinavian think Zen makes cozy.
The Japanese design and aesthetic have always been based on some particular principles, thinking about minimalism and simplicity.
Everything keeps things super clean, very minimal all the time.
They emphasize asymmetry versus symmetrical balance, which’s an important feature.
There’s also a strong emphasis on natural materials and handcrafted things, like these beautiful round mats on the floor.
They strongly emphasize natural and neutral-toned palates, with always an accent of black, and it can be a matte finish or shine.
Still, there’s always a grounding element of black.
And then the last thing which I adore about the Japanese aesthetic is their concept of wabi-sabi, which is finding the beauty in that which is irregular or imperfect.
It’s a magnificent tiny element that you see that weave into all of the spaces.
Now, let’s fly around the globe; you’re probably somewhat familiar with the Scandinavian design movement known as Skandi.
It’s become trendy in the West, and it is part of the contemporary super style category, so that’s where that falls.
A building that is part of the Scandi look that we’re going to be incorporating when we go to Japan to do things like clean and minimal.
They are minimalists, and they like spare and straightforward color palettes; look at this all in the soft bun woods the whites, and the light accent tones. That’s very important.
The concept is Scandinavian of hookah, which is comfy cozy, but in a minimalist way and incorporates elements of light and nature.
Lots of natural woods, of course, always in the blond direction.
They do many-layered texturing versus using any patterns; this textured stone wall next to the shearling covered so far, and then that beautiful bar chart in the blond wood.
Scandinavian space also loves to emphasize handcrafted elements that are quality pieces.
Their furnishings speak to the international style movement that was very popular in the early 20th century.
Take a look at what’s Japanese and what’s Scandinavian about this lovely Japandi space.
Now, let’s take a look at this spectacular space and understand how these two styles converge.
Now, you can see the Japanese-style elements here with these black accents like this gorgeous lacquer tray.
The fireplace, of course, even the trim on the windows.
They also intentionally use their lighting fixtures to see that they’re not invasive to space.
They’re relatively minimal, but they are targeting specific surfaces.
They emphasized the use of natural wood, even as a textural element, wood on the ceiling, and wood on the walls, wood on the floor. They’re all different textures, and it looks beautifully blended.
Now, there’s a little bit of kind of a soft feeling to these furnishings; notice like the slab coffee table that seems to float on those Plexi legs, this sectional has some low seating, which is excellent.
They’ve even introduced the wabi-sabi effect with those raw, just superficial branches, completely unconstructed in that beautiful glass vase on the coffee table.
What do I see in the background? I even see a lovely little Japanese tea set.
Primary emphasis on the natural light that the entire wall is, nothing but this gorgeous light opening.
There’s a clear emphasis on their furnishings from the modern Danish school, which is right there from the mid 20th century; definitely, they have an overall light color palette.
It’s a lovely sort of mix of warm and cool grays, soft white.
The blond woods, that’s all very Scandinavian.
Naturally, the ever-present fireplace, That’s a must-have in Scandinavian work. Then the element of hookah is that sort of comforting kind of look to the woven area rug, as opposed to a regular tufted one.
The whole space invites you to curl up in it and have a cup of tea out of that gorgeous Japanese tea set.
How do we go about getting a space that feels, Japan?
How do you want to make sure that you’re delivering on the concepts that create the experience?
You have to edit, and Clutter is a no-go; this is an utterly minimalist statement.
You’ve got to establish that baseline first.
The second thing is you want to be sure and work with a neutral palette.
The idea of this image of the room in this version of soft blush walls, But what brings it back to Japan is that tight and crisp and beautifully detailed black cabinet so that all sort of begins to merge beautifully.
Number three is you want to make sure you’re expressing things with natural woods.
This live edge table with the black chairs, that’s a fantastic look and very blended between the two.
Another thing that you want to make sure you include in this point is natural materials.
The mixture of leather, linen wood again, of course, shearling, I love this image with the basket and the throw to the side; all of that looks super natural and elegant and refined and low key, and that is an element of the Jeff handy vibe.
Lighting in Japandi style
Lighting is always essential, but in Japandi, they intentionally minimize lighting, but where they place it is very directed to achieve a definite effect.
Number six, you want to keep your furnishings, like everything else, kind of simple things, textured versus lots of patterns, and with an emphasis on comfort.
I love the look of this sofa with the charcoal upholstery, all very simple and textural, but then it’s got that lovely blonde root sidearm to it.
That’s a beautiful piece, sitting right across from a beautiful molded piece.
Definitely from the 60s, and So that is a beautiful blend of both.
Bringing you a Japandi statement, and what I’ll do is linked to some pieces that you could access down below the video in the description.