With a combination of the crisp, clean lines of Japanese design and the minimalistic, soft Scandinavian style we’re all familiar with, ‘Japandi’ has recently emerged on the interiors scene to bring a touch of serenity and warmth to your space.
Encompassing the ‘less is more’ approach, the design concept focusses on a muted colour palette, organic materials, plenty of natural light, and of course, an abundance of house plants.
If you’re a fan of Scandi design, you’ll know the phrase ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, — a Danish term referring to cosiness and homeliness within design — which has soared in popularity in recent times, with many homeowners seeing their house as a sanctuary, providing a wave of comfort as soon as they cross the threshold. This, combined with the Japanese notion of minimalism, style, and quality creates the relaxing, yet sophisticated style of ‘Japandi’.
Key materials in ‘Japandi’
Common elements in this design style include organic fibres, light-coloured furniture — made from natural materials — handmade pottery, wicker, rattan, and the faithful bamboo!
Minimising household clutter is an important step to achieving the perfect look, as this style centres around clean lines and open spaces. If your house is a touch busier, try introducing some natural containers and baskets, folding screens, and shelves to keep your space looking fresh.
In addition, as the concept is focussed on craftsmanship, you should also search for pieces that will stand the test of time and fit with the rest of your interior for years to come — helping to save you money and be kinder to our planet at the same time.
If you’re considering introducing this design concept to your home, here’s a selection of images to give you that much-needed inspiration…