Minimalism has evolved over the years, combining cultural and architectural styles that honor simplicity and clean, clutter-free spaces while accentuating the attractive architectural features of a specific style. Japandi is one of the recent, trending interior designs that take a cue from minimalist design principles.
Leni Calas of Ward 5 Design defines Japandi as “the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of art, nature, and simplicity.” The marriage between Scandinavian and Japanese concepts creates a welcoming harmony of function and form, putting great attention to neutral or light colors, bright spaces, and clean lines without being cold.
Beautiful craftsmanship is featured in Japandi styles, with an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Moreover, natural materials and simple designs make for an excellent green decor style. These create a soothing and inviting atmosphere that can be incorporated into any home and used by anyone, making this interior design a timeless aesthetic.
If you want to adopt a Japandi interior for your home, this article enumerates some handy ideas and tips to successfully incorporate Japandi into your space.
Transform Your Space with Japandi Design
- Go Green, Go Local
Japandi design focuses on minimalistic, functional, and aesthetically pleasing designs that utilize natural materials, muted colors, and clean lines. However, Japandi design isn’t sparse—it’s intentional. You don’t need to splurge to achieve a Japandi interior.Japandi focuses on sustainability and eco-friendly aesthetics. One way you can showcase this is by placing plants around your home. For example, substitute clutter with potted plants and position them in corners with lots of natural light. This can create a serene and peaceful environment.
Japandi design values craftsmanship and steers clear of consumerism. If you look at Japandi-inspired homes, you’ll notice they embrace environmentally friendly pieces, complement the other elements of the home, and surpass trends.
If you need to purchase additional pieces to truly transform your home, invest in quality rather than quantity. Purchase handcrafted furniture pieces such as handwoven baskets for laundry bins. Consider carefully curved wooden couches covered in woolen blankets, mats, or wooden elements such as statuaries that can complement your home.
- Neutral Color Clashes
Nordic interiors are rustic, whereas Japanese interiors are sleek. Japanese design’s richer (but still neutral) colors help to keep the stark, crisp palettes of Scandinavian homes from feeling cold, sparse, and unlived-in. Some beautiful color palettes for Japandi include gray and green, white and beige, and cream and coffee-colored palettes. You can incorporate these muted shades into your home to achieve the Japandi interior look. You can also try other color schemes, but opt for colors that are muted, restful, and not too visually overwhelming.
- Form, Focus & Functionality
Japanese and Scandinavian design styles complement each other well because they are both based on minimalism and comfort. You can incorporate the two’s shared aesthetics by having an open floor plan to invite lots of light and simple line furnishings that are well-built, comfortable, and functional.
Make sure that each piece of furniture has function and adds value to the interior. Choose functional furniture pieces you are certain you can use for different things. It’s also essential to consider ‘form,’ which is very important in Japandi decor. These pieces must work well with one another and relate in terms of line, color, mass, and so on.
- Adopt a Minimalist Mindset
Although you do not need to adopt the minimalist lifestyle, keep in mind that the Japandi interior is rooted in the “less is more” mindset. Every piece of furniture should have a purpose or function, so avoid buying too much furniture that adds little to no value only for decoration.
Know the importance of decluttering by cleaning constantly and getting rid of things you no longer need or want. When surrounded only by furniture pieces that add value to your home and bring joy to your heart, your mind (and eyes) is free of unnecessary clutter, giving you peace and tranquility.
- Do Not Forget Your Statement Pieces
Every table requires a centerpiece or a focal point. Whether it’s the twisting trunks of a potted bonsai tree complete with rockfalls and gilded buddhas, or a singular crystal-cut vase filled with freshly-cut flowers, a Japandi home interior is no different.
It thrives on central pieces that catch the eye. With large, open spaces, statement pieces leave little room for mistakes. You can place an eye-catching object as the main piece, such as artwork, a paper table lamp, scented candles, and dried flowers. Just remember that it’s better if these statement pieces are either handcrafted, sustainable, or simple. After all, these are what makes a home truly restful and homey.
- Go Green, Go Local
Final, Minimalist Thoughts
There is nothing cozier than big, open spaces with lots of light and plants. With the pandemic, not everyone can travel freely in mountainous parks filled with trees and open air.
Bringing the best of two worlds—Scandinavia and Japan—together in a calming fusion known as Japandi or Scandi-Japanese style into your home creates that much-needed restful escape while in lockdown.
However, before jumping on the Japandi trend and making changes to your space, it’s critical to determine which design elements best suit your needs and preferences. Slowly incorporate and feel free to experiment. Only then can you fully appreciate Japandi’s functionality and artistry.
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