Give Your Home a Japandi Makeover
Looking to refresh your home in the new year? Look no further than the up-and-coming trend of Japandi style. Japandi blends the design elements of Scandinavia and Japan to create a harmonious aesthetic that is modern yet rustic, simple yet soft.
Japandi centers on the Scandi idea of hygge, which fosters a feeling of coziness and contentment. It adds in the ancient Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which highlights the impermanent beauty of imperfection.
Minimalism, functionality and comfort are the foundation of Japandi design. Think clean lines that aren’t cold or stark, rustic accents that aren’t heavy or frivolous. Natural materials, muted colors and simple shapes create an airy, yet warm, vibe.
By following a few basic design principles, it’s easy to brighten up your home in the new year by giving your home a Japandi style makeover. Following are some tips.
Declutter Your Space
Japandi design hinges on minimalism and intention. The idea is to create a Zen-like vibe, so possessions that distract from that goal should be tucked away. Tabletops should be cleared off and shelves free of knick-knacks. That’s not to say there’s no room for decorative items, but they should be simple and carefully curated.
Pick a Neutral Color Palette
Natural, calming colors are the foundation of Japandi design. Rather than stark white or dull gray, choose warm neutrals such as cream, sand or beige. Avoid colors with blue or red undertones; instead choose those with yellow undertones that complement natural elements such as wood and rattan. That’s not to say there shouldn’t be any pops of color, but they should be restrained and earthy.
Take Inspiration from Nature
Natural elements are crucial in Japandi design. Light-toned wood furniture, jute or seagrass floor coverings, and earthenware vases or bowls will bring a sense of the outdoors to a space. Incorporating greenery will bring a sense of calm. Consider bonsai, fiddle-leaf fig or potted bamboo.
To offset the coldness that can often result from a sleek setup, it’s essential to incorporate texture. This helps to create the warm and comfy feeling that is a hallmark of the Scandi style. Soft textures such as natural-fiber textiles, natural stoneware, smooth wood and even raw brass can come together to warm up a space.
Focus on Functionality
Intentionality is a key component of Japandi design. Every item is carefully curated and serves a purpose. Bowls, vases, bookends and light fixtures not only perform a duty, they can also add beauty to a space. A cane or paper folding screen can hide less-than-tidy corners while bringing visual interest to a room. A tea set adds interest to a shelf but can also be used for entertaining. Baskets add texture but also stash away clutter.
Japandi design is meant to stand the test of time. Furniture and décor should last for years to come, so the focus should be on sustainability and craftsmanship rather than throwaway goods that will be out of style by next season. Low-profile furniture opens up a space and creates an airy feeling.