The term "Japandi" is derived from the words Japanese and Scandinavian — needless to say, this newly emerged style is a mélange between these two cultures. In fact, experts say that 2017 was the first year that Japandi era officially begins! Why is Japandi becoming a movement and making huge waves in interior design world? Read on to find out the essence of this gorgeous fusion and how to achieve the look! (Cover Photo Source: Stephanie Powell)
The practice of wabi-sabi is the celebration of finding beauty in nature's imperfections, which has long been the core of Japanese interior design. Being at peace with the grains and pores that natural materials inevitably have without over-polishing them is to respect what mother nature has to offer, and to be at one with this world. Some staple representations include rough pottery, untreated wood et cetera.
We are probably all familiar with the simplicity and practicality of Nordic designs: the sleek clean lines and the mixture of natural materials such as oak, hemp, and leather have won over the hearts of many people. Scandinavian interior style is the perfect testament of "less is more".
Having the understanding of both cultures, it becomes clear why the marriage of Japanese and Scandinavian interior designs is such a harmonious unison of exceptional aesthetics and functionality. Their child "Japandi" inherits the Nordic practical attitude and the Japanese love for balance and contrast, with their common traits still shining through: simplicity, airiness, warmth, and serenity based on a quiet appreciation to life.
To create a Japandi feel, start with a warm and neutral palette in the background — timber floors, shades of white ranging from ivory to light grey, and organic elements such as hemp, stone, and ceramics sophisticatedly blend together to form effortless elegance.
Material and colour choice won't be the only elements paying homage to mother nature in a Japandi-inspired home. The philosophy is to decorate with bold simplicity, which makes indoor plants essential due to the strong Zen influence in this trend. The use of greenery further reinforces Japandi's connection to nature.
Excessive decorations are not common in neither Scandinavian nor Japanese homes. Therefore, expressing your personal style can resort to introducing textural contrast among key furniture pieces to maintain simplicity.
Japandi holds potential in becoming a new classic. In the years to come, keep an eye out on Japandi — it is THE style that is yet to make many ripples in the interior design world.