Interior Design Trends: Japandi

Scandinavian interior design trends have been taking Instagram by storm in recent years. Adopted by home renovators and embraced by top interior designers, these minimalist themes have been hugely popular. Now, there’s a new Scandinavian design trend inspiring home interiors in the UK and across Europe. “Japandi” is an interior design trend that blends the basic minimalist concepts of Scandinavian decor with the timeless elegance of oriental design.

In this blog, we’re sharing with you some of our top tips to help your embrace this new interior design trend in your home and wow visitors with up-to-date, captivating interiors.

The best thing about this trend is that the whole concept behind it is based on the idea that not everything has to be perfect. Worry less about perfect pairings and pristine pieces of furniture and concentrate more on creating a functional interior that promotes peace and positivity.

Cool Colours

Carp” by John Wilman Interiors

Whatever theme or interiors trend you are trying to recreate within a room, the first thing you need to consider is how you are going to decorate your walls. Scandinavian and Japanese design both make use of cool tones such as off-whites and pale greys. Of course, these colours alone can make a room feel a little clinical so pair with soft blues and greens for a more layered effect. As statement wall is a great way to combine colours within an interior and a wall mural is by far the easiest way to incorporate a specific theme and make a real impact on the overall look of a room.

Sleek and Streamlined

Dot Wave” by John Wilman Interiors

The layout of your room is just as important as the colours, designs and styles of the items you choose to feature. A Japandi interior should be as stress-free as possible. It should be easy to navigate and must encourage the free flow of calming energies. Sleek lines and uncluttered surfaces will help you to create a streamlined effect but pay some consideration to the placement of furniture. Larger pieces should be placed against walls and there should be enough free floor space for you to be able to walk around with ease.

Functional Furniture

Garden” by John Wilman Interiors

Japandi style is all about practicality and functionality so each piece of furniture within a Japandi interior should have a purpose. Good storage is essential for successfully creating this style as cluttered surfaces are a big no-no! In true Japandi style, opt for pieces of furniture in natural woods. Lighter woods such as pine and oak would fit in perfectly but wicker and bamboo pieces would certainly add a little more authenticity to your final design. Don’t worry too much about individual pieces matching one another or being too “rustic”. As Japandi celebrates imperfections, this a great opportunity to showcase those less than pristine pieces.

Eco-Friendly Elements

“Cloud” by John Wilman Interiors

Japandi interiors tend to reflect a certain appreciation of Mother Nature. Accessorising with plants and botanical prints is a great way of doing this, however, Japandi style is more eco-conscious than most, so think of other ways you can celebrate nature within your room. Opting for natural, sustainable materials would certainly make sense. Although, you should also consider the longevity of the items you choose. Instead of wasting money on furniture, soft furnishings or wallpapers that won’t last the years and will need replacing, opt for well-crafted alternatives that will stand the test of time.

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