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- Published: 11 October 2018 11 October 2018
You may have heard about the Japandi trend in the world of interior decoration as it’s rapidly gaining popularity. The Japandi style is born from the fusion of Scandinavian influences and Japanese spirit. Their common trait: minimalism. Interiors are thus purified to circulate light and energy. There is also an emphasis on aesthetics and authenticity. How can you bring a Japandi touch to your home? Truth is, the Japandi style is a reinvented take on the Nordic style. We keep the highlights of what has been successful in the recent years of Scandinavian atmosphere and we infuse a little character to its sometimes too sombre interiors with traditional elements of Wabi-sabi from Japan. Wabi-sabi refers to the essential and evokes the wear and tear of the passage of time, thus putting authenticity in the spotlight. Decoding the Japandi style...
How to create a Japandi interior?
-Wood. Scandinavian décor favours wood via light toned furniture. For the Japandi style, we absolutely keep the use of wood, but we choose to have it a little rawer, darker, with all its irregularities for a more authentic feel.
-Colours. The Japandi trend borrows muted colours from the Japanese. The northern clear walls are decorated with deep and sober colours, such as taupe, coal grey, celadon green or stormy blue. These tones are positioned in contrast to pastel shades on accessories and textiles, dark wooden furniture and touches of white.
-Comfort. Like the world of Nordic décor, Japandi takes comfort very seriously. We create a cosy and harmonious interior with comfy plaids, soft carpets, thick curtains, XL cushions, and thick-knitted blankets... We also focus on fabrics made from natural fibres such as linen or wool. Essentially, we make our home an ode to well-being.
-Minimalism. The true common point between Scandinavian and Japanese style, minimalism is de rigueur in a Japandi interior. We reject superfluous trinkets and keep only the essentials; on the shelves we only place aesthetically pleasing or useful objects. In short, we declutter!
-Clean lines. To create a Japandi décor, we must play with the shapes of our furniture while keeping them functional. Scandinavian furniture becomes lanky, graphic, structured. Dark metal is also added via lighting fixtures or table and chair bases for example. This brings a raw feel and industrial touch.
-Artisanal crafts. Wabi-sabi values craftsmanship, evoking that imperfect purity that is its very essence. Interiors are decorated with hand-made objects, ceramic tableware, paper suspensions, natural fibre objects, and so on.
-Vegetation. Green plants are a symbol of life, so they should be sprinkled throughout the interior, in a variety of sizes. Arrange them in large vases with simple shapes.
The Japandi style is a mix of traditional Japanese décor and the contemporary touch of Scandinavian interiors. Mixing minimalism and aesthetics, Japandi becomes much more than a decorative trend; it becomes a way of life, kind of like lagom, with a quest for authenticity in everyday life.
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