A fusion between the cosy and content design, Japandi is a blend of Scandinavian and Japanese design style. Geographically apart, the cosy and minimalistic design approaches in both styles are similar.
The blend of traditional Nordic design style which consisting of breathing space and rustic details, and Japanese styles which has overly sleek furniture, concentrating more on functions and forms. The Japandi design aesthetic encourages production of minimalistic but multifunctional items. The style intensifies use of earthy palette, natural material and focus on clean lines without giving a cold look.
The above images are from the Archipelago House, Sweden, it is a holiday home designed by the Norm Architects. Use of natural materials like, wood finishes with a blend of greys and creams for the fabric is designed by the architects collaborating with Karimoku Case Study. The double height in the living room is only ornamented with a lantern designed by Kojima Shouten, from washi paper. It characterises breathing space and timeless elegance.
Below are listed ways of design your home in Japandi Style:
Elements of Nature:
After the pandemic, many have adapted using natural materials to feel close to nature. A company like IKEA uses organic cottons and rattan wicker pattern in their home furniture. To make sure the materials are in the same range of colour tones but also giving a contrast to the space. Here is an example of using contrast as a key.
Choose of Contrast:
Cool Shade of wooden flooring, blends with the Japanese joinery fixture. The wall has a subtle shade of Aegean Teal, bedecked with strips on wooden panel. The highlighting materials used in this set up are the blues and grey used in the ceramic crockery and the cushion cover.
Arrangements and use of minimal furniture in the room gives an illusion of brighter and larger space. Also by using similar tones throughout the room and a hint of contrast element will help avoid portraying a tedious vibe.
Minimalistic Design approach:
By incorporating design elements such as texture, lighting, colours and art work, helps enchant all our senses. Use of pale flush of tone on flooring or walls and textures on furniture and fabric breaks the monotony.
Japandi style is a fusion of Scandinavian style rustic, pales shades with the Japanese palette of rich and neutral tones.
Using mute soft tones in the background and larger elements with a combination of light and dark shades, adding shades like sage, blush pink or pale blues gives the area a calmer illusion and also adds depth. Use of contrast earthy tones like shades of wood can be used for highlighting the space and leading the colour palette. The complimentary colours accolades the contrast colour hence should be a varied colour in a similar shade. Finally the accent colours can be used; it is an unbiased shade to combine the contrast and complimentary tones.
The Japandi style furniture focuses more on functionality and practicality while selection of the elements. Choosing items which has more than one function are a priority, from multifunctional centre tables, wall panels made out of wood can be used as acoustic boards which can help to absorb sound. Use of vase or accent lights can be used as a contrast material in the rooms.
Picking a carpet to highlight every other item designed in the room is also important. Materials without a touch on ‘extra’ and can blend well with the room.
Hint of Pattern and Texture:
Using pattern and texture can be very risky, if overdone can make to space look smaller and shabbier. You can either add a pop of colour to break the monotony or add a texture. Below are two examples of using a highlight of colour or texture:
Encouragement of House Plants:
With our busy lifestyles and detachment from nature, it is a very important to have an element or touch of nature in our lives. We can get the plants indoors instead. Having simple green plant instead of flower arrangements can give a close to nature vibe. Introducing garden furniture in the house blends with the natural material used and also the natural vibe. The amount of plants to use totally depends on your choice. You can have various house plants in the background or just give a hint of elements beside the furniture.
Article Writer: Bhumika Kantharia
Editorial Assistant: Abhishek Khanpara
Editor in Chief: Jumana N Mohamed
Publisher: Supankan K.