Your Guide to Japandi
Japandi is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design principles. Both place a strong emphasis on minimalism, simplicity and efficiency, whilst still focussing on warmth and beauty in the home (Hygge in Danish, Wabi Sabi in Japanese). Want to know how to incorporate this style into your space? Read our Guide to Japandi.
1. Keep it natural. When it comes to choosing your colours, opt for neutral, muted tones. Both Scandinavian and Japanese styles focus on calm neutral tones, and the best neutrals are natural materials. Think woven seats, natural finish Ash or Beech wood, soft gray cashmeres.
2. Mix and match. Alongside bamboo and rattan, wood is an obvious choice for furniture, but engineered steel and powder-coated metal provide an interesting contrast. Japandi is a mix of two different styles, so feel free to mix and match in your own way.
3. Minimal accessories. Keep your accessories minimal. A vase with fresh cut flowers, a potted plant, or a table lamp is enough to make a space feel homely without being cluttered. Japandi is about embracing clean and clear spaces. Invest in storage spaces that look good and can hide any life-clutter, you’ll be thankful for these after a long day!
4. Sumptuous textures. Don’t mistake minimalism for austerity! Think cozy cashmere and boucle, fluffy sheepskin, and luscious leathers alongside the clean wood and metals. Aim for a couple different textures in each space to keep it visually appealing, too much of one thing will make the space feel busy and overwhelming!
5. Low key lighting. This means it’s time to turn off the bog light for good, and make full use of the lamps in your space. It’s about creating a calm and stylish space that you can relax in. Having trouble working out the right level of lighting for each space? Test each space by trying to read a book in it - if you can read it clearly, it’s the right level of light!