We should talk about Japandi: the hottest new design movement

A guest blog post written by Chloe Taylor.


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Most people have already heard about two interior design styles called Japanese and Scandinavian trends that took the world by storm. However, the mix of the two, still young but even more popular trend called Japandi is bound to take the first place when it comes to timeless and easily achieved design movements. The careful fusion of over exaggerated, strict and seemingly opposite design trends that are Japanese and Scandinavian consists of raw forms, subtle statements in décor, balanced mix of wood and pure colors as well as clean lines that offer no room for clutter. If you’re still not quite sure how to make your home a true Japandi paradise, keep on reading.

1. Living room

 
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Simplicity is still a very important aspect of Japandi style but the mix of the two offers enough texture and warmth that the simple lines and forms never appear too plain. Basically, the combo of different materials as well as bulkiness and height of the furniture acts as a perfect distraction from the lack of vibrant colors and décor.


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Of course, this doesn’t mean that there’s no décor allowed. Again, sleek lines of photo frames, elegant figurines and minimalistic yet impactful plants make for some perfect decorative additions in Japandi living room. It’s important to create a balance that involves seemingly very different pieces that work surprisingly well together. For example, raw wood coffee tables combined with urban-like sofas, or wooden seating paired with stone or metal statement surfaces is the way to go.

2. Kitchen


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You have a lot of freedom when it comes to your Japandi kitchen as well, a lot more compared to decorating in purely Japanese or Scandinavian style. Soft pastel colors of pink, gray and green can be warmed with timber or bamboo kitchen elements.


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And if your kitchen is also your dining area, you have the possibility to mix and match the style of table and chairs similarly to the above-mentioned technique, or by breaking the exclusiveness of one style with added details of the other with the help of cushions, covers, table pieces, etc.

3. Bedroom


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The fulfilling mix of Zen and cold Scandinavian theme works surprisingly well in decorating your perfect sleep chamber. If you opt for bulky wardrobe space fused with Japanese décor style make sure to keep the bed area minimal, yet bold in its simplicity. On the other hand, you may enjoy the wooden fullness of a statement bed, but in this case make sure to tone down the impact of your other pieces of furniture. The equal amount of warm wood and cold pastels is perfect for complete relaxation. Also, consider using recessed lights in your bedroom because these are a great common ground for both styles.

4. Bathroom

Creating a bathroom where you can freely relax and unwind after a long day is nothing less important than putting your effort into other rooms. According to an interview with renowned ACS Bathrooms, Japandi style managed to find its way to this, most intimate part of one’s home. Wood has already become very popular when it comes to bathroom décor, but mixed with statement stand-alone bathtubs, bold lines of other utensils as well as softer shades of floor and wall tiles, Japandi is considered to be a valuable addition in this area of one’s home as well.

5. Pay attention to details


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It was already said that Japandi doesn’t work well with a lot of clutter and too many decorative bits and pieces. Still, you have to be careful with details that you can introduce as well. So, make sure to keep your rugs, curtains and plant pots pattern-free. If you’re going with decorative cushions, table cloths and covers to break the coldness of Scandinavian style, then you can play with some simpler earthy tones and patterns. On the other hand, if your furniture pieces are already warm and textured enough thanks to Japanese influence, make sure to tone everything down with plain and elegant details.

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Definitely the most promising trend in the world of interior design, Japandi is only going to become more versatile and free for interpretation. Unlike the pressuring exclusiveness of individual Japanese and Scandinavian styles, the possibilities of effective mix and match of Japandi depends solely on your creativity with available options.