Glasgow property: why the Japandi style is the latest interior design trend you should know about
The Japandi decorating style is one of the hottest interior trends right now – racking up no less than 56.5 million likes on Instagram and TikTok, according to the home accessories and lighting brand. industrial inspiration, Industville.
Not yet familiar? As the term suggests, Japandi is a mix of Japanese and Scandi style – a combination with endless appeal.
“Although geographically Japan and Scandinavia are worlds apart, when it comes to design, both countries are synonymous with creating interiors rooted in simplicity, comfort, neutral colors and natural materials,” says Alysha. Alli, who leads the interior design team. at Redrow Home Builders.
Illustrating a beautiful marriage between East and West, where Scandinavian comfort blends seamlessly with Japanese minimalism, Alli says the Japandi style is growing in popularity with homeowners of all ages across the UK.
But how do you get the Japandi look?
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1. Neutral color palette
“Earth tones and muted colors are key to recreating the Japandi look,” says Alli. “Sage and muted greens paired with watered down grays, pale ochres, beiges and sand tones should be at the top of your Japandi color palette.”
Scandi interiors can often favor light whites, but Alli recommends replacing them with a light stone tone, beige or tawny, to keep your interior from feeling more Nordic than Japandi.
“While Nordic design favors lighter colors, Japanese interiors can often appear bolder by introducing richer colors through designer accessories. For a truly Japandi look, take note of the Japanese approach to color by adding a contrasting color to your neutral palette, such as pale pink or charcoal gray, either through upholstery such as cushion covers or throws, artwork or lighting,” she suggests.
These small color additions will add a richness to your interior that will keep the room from feeling muted and limited to similar colors, she explains.
“One key thing to remember is that Japandi interiors should always blend seamlessly, where every element receives equal attention,” says Alli. “So the contrasting colors shouldn’t stray too far from your neutral palette, but more like a splash of color.”
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2. Sustainable furniture
“Japanese and Scandinavian interiors use wood as the dominant interior material – but do so in very different ways,” observes Alli.
“Scandinavian-influenced interiors favor a rustic approach, where the wood is often left pale and untreated. Whereas in Japanese inspired interiors the wood is more likely to be stained and darker creating a much richer effect.
Don’t be afraid to go for both, she says. Although the wood may be different, the natural colors stay in the same palette, so they will always create the desired harmonious effect, while adding a little intrigue to the room rich in a handcrafted feel.
“Other authentic and natural materials, such as bamboo, rattan, cotton or hemp, offer an easy way to introduce texture and a natural element into your interior,” Alli adds.
She says eco-friendly materials are also great in the bedroom, which should be rich in nature and free of technology for a good night’s sleep. “And perfect for introducing that unpolished look synonymous with ‘wabi-sabi,'” notes Alli. “The matching warm metals also work beautifully with these natural materials and provide textural contrast.”
Where Scandi and Japanese interiors share a love of nature and houseplants, as Alli points out, Japandi interior leans towards fewer but taller plants, where the tallest plant is used as the focal point in the room.
“Other ways to bring the outdoors in can be to add branches to large ceramics for a vase vignette, which provide a long-lasting homemade accessory.”
3. Minimal comfort
To ensure you strike the balance between Japan’s minimalism and Scandi’s comfort, Alli says, “Taking a minimalist approach to decluttering will allow the architectural features and clean lines of your home to shine through.
“Decluttering is an easy way to create the illusion of a minimalist interior – and can quickly turn forgotten or previously hidden items, such as antique vases or ornaments, into showpieces,” she adds.