In the mid-eighteenth century, aristocratic homes throughout Europe often featured a room designed to emulate Chinese style. Referred to by historians as the ‘China craze’ in European interior design, this trend set the scene for a future of borrowing and blending styles from across the world. With our feet firmly planted in 2020, this leads us now to the Japandi trend: the blending of Japanese and Scandinavian interior design styles to create a minimalist, warm and calming look with the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in imperfection) and the Scandinavian philosophy of hygge (embracing cosiness and comfort) at its centre. If you’re searching for easy interior design inspiration, Japandi could be just what you’re looking for.
What’s exciting about Japandi is that it blends trends from different parts of the world in a way that’s only possible in a global society. Modern designers research and collaborate across borders to create style that could never have come from one country alone. Designers in London are able to borrow techniques from Austin remodeling contractors, moving walls and raising roof lines in a way that respects traditional London architecture, just as their American counterparts reflect traditional Texan style in their modern remodels. Japandi style comes from the collaboration between designers and brands on opposite sides of the world, blending the respect for nature that is at the heart of design in both cultures with two very specific angles.
The basics of Japandi
A huge attraction of the Japandi trend is how easy it is to achieve. Nature is key, and to achieve the look, the main focus should be on natural wood, natural colours and careful accessorising. Both Danish and Japanese design draw on wood’s natural warmth, with Scandinavian design leaning more towards a neutral or white colour palette with strong accents, and Japanese design utilising large blocks of colour on walls and panels.
Using Japandi style allows you to place yourself wherever you choose on the scale: just make sure that the colours you use are natural (browns, greens, plums and blues work well), and your design features natural accents like terracotta plant pots and wood panelling. Accessories are more about functionality than they are about decoration: cushions and throws for comfort; unglazed tableware for natural utility; and pots and vases to bring nature into the home.
Achieving Japandi style easily
If you’re not considering a full remodel at the moment, it’s easy to bring the Japandi style into your home through accessories and decoration. Look for accessories that combine sophistication with function: Ikea is a good place to start, and try Heal’s for furniture and accessories that blend Japanese materials with Scandinavian design. Look for bamboo or wicker furniture, stone vases, and rattan lampshades and baskets. So long as natural colours and natural materials are at the heart of your choices and your overall look is minimalist, you can’t really go wrong.
Often, interior design trends leave us staring wistfully at magazine pictures and wishing we had the living space or the budget to join in. With Japandi, we finally have a trend that’s easy to achieve, eco-friendly, and reflective of a warm and perfectly imperfect outlook.