The Hottest Interior Design Trends: Meet Japandi

Scandinavian design style has been on the very top of the interior design world for a couple of seasons now, and Asian wasn’t falling behind either. It was just a matter of time when we will see these two styles of surprisingly similar aesthetics joining forces and creating a unique offspring – Japandi.

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Drawing inspiration from the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi, the essence of which is finding beauty in imperfection, and Scandinavian clean, yet playful design, Japandi produces a soulful approach to interior design that will impact the way we decorate our homes in 2017 and beyond. Before you decide to implement it into your home, let’s learn something more about it.

What Is The Essence of Wabi-Sabi?

The concept of wabi-sabi originates from Zen Buddhism, also known as Japanese Zen, and is based on the idea of the beauty of imperfection. This school of Buddhism emphasizes self-control, modesty and deep bond with nature – features that we can find in both Asian and Scandinavian décor.

However, what makes Asian style different is a strong accent on asymmetry. Rough edges, imperfect shapes and handmade accessories link wabi-sabi with rustic style, with a dash more of austerity to it.

What Does Scandinavian Style Bring Into This Marriage?

Scandinavian style has a lot of qualities to contribute to this fortunate marriage. Scandinavian style of interior design is renowned for its clean lines, simple forms and functionality above all things. The minimalistic approach facilitates daily tasks, but it is not devoid of all warmth and coziness. Just as Japanese style, it finds the most of its inspiration in nature.

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The Union of East and West

So, what do we get when we marry the two mentioned styles? A combined aesthetic of simplicity and imperfection. The Japanese side is in charge of odd shapes and patterns, while the Nordic spouse draws inspiration from moderation. Together, they create a unique, balanced and calm look.
Now that we’ve cleared the essence of this approach, we can move on to more practical sides of its implementation.

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No Room for Excess
When implementing this style into your own home, you need to be aware that every single piece of furniture, accessory and detail, no matter how small it is, has to have its place and function. To achieve it, you have to get rid of excess.
Monochrome Look

Just as with Scandinavian style, the focus here is on neutral tones and monochrome look. Japanese style brings some alteration to the story, though.

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While Scandinavian approach relies heavily on light hues like white and pastels, Japandi is dominated by darker hues, such as cool grey. However, there are occasional splashes of minty greens, muted blues and pinks.

Clean Lines and Playful Textures

The simple lines and minimal, yet playful textures reflect an effortless beauty. Raw textures of wabi-sabi are present through rough timber, while the simple play of patterns can be introduced via an unpretentious grey flat weave rug or graphic throw pillows on the sofa. These features together create a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The Art of Furnishing and Accessorizing

When furnishing your home let minimalism, elegance and functionality be your guides. There should be a lot of clean floor space that enables free flow and creates a balanced appearance. Use the accessories to break down the monotony of the dark monochromatic look with metallic, blue, pink and minty green tones. Evoke the imperfection vibe with uneven patterns of raku ceramics and emphasize the strong bond with nature with indoor plants as décor details.

Japandi came into our lives in the perfect moment, when we are spending our days in a world overcrowded with technology and cluttered with distractions. It reminds us that less truly is more, and that décor that is hard on the eyes is hard on the mind too. If you want to create a home free of stress, this is the way to go.

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Chloe Taylor
Chloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and writer. She is also passionate about photography and music. Chloe enjoys researching, learning and blogging about interiors, design trends, home decor and various art related topics, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB - or Twitter -