Japandi style: what is it and how to decorate your own apartment in it

Everything you need to know about the current trend in interior design is a harmonious union of Scandinavian practicality and Japanese craving for simplicity.

What does japandi mean?

Japandi style is a symbiosis of two trends in interior design: Scandinavian style and Japanese interior traditions (japandi = japanese + scandinavian). The result is a fairly harmonious hybrid. 

From Scandinavian interiors, it took practicality, orderly storage, and a love for natural materials, and from Japanese – a craving for restraint, clarity of minimalism, and simplicity.

The main features of the interior in the style of japandi

1. Functionality

Design in such interiors is incredibly important, but in no case does it prevail over the functional component.

It is not worth sacrificing practicality for the sake of beauty, decorating the space.

2. Simplicity of forms

Japandi-style interiors harmoniously combine straight lines and rounded shapes. 

However, you will not find intricate figures: simplicity is always the leitmotif of this design. 

3. Low furniture

Low furniture is quite common in Japandi-style furnishings. 

This trait came from Japanese interiors.

4. Organized storage

The pedantry of the Japanese and the love of the Scandinavians with putting everything on shelves and boxes merged together – and made orderly, verified to the smallest detail, neat storage one of the important features of the Japandi style furnishings.

At the same time, it doesn’t matter at all whether you prefer an open or closed system, or maybe stop at a combined option – there are no restrictions in this regard.

It is quite predictable that all kinds of baskets, boxes, containers, and organizers help organize storage in such interiors.

Mostly made from natural materials.

5. Minimum decor

You should not get carried away with decor, creating a Scandinavian-Japanese atmosphere, this style gravitates towards minimalism.

No colorful paintings and posters, lettering, or wall collages, the maximum is – live plants, minimalist panels, and unobtrusive painting.

6. Natural colors

The coloristic solution of such spaces is as natural as possible, similar to eco-interiors.

Ideally, focus on basic, neutral colors, plus shades of natural wood.

7. Plain textured textiles

Forget colorful upholstery, bright linens, and floral curtains.

Japandi is about plain textiles, natural and textured.

8. Slight imperfection

The hooligan touch, so loved by the Scandinavians, in Japandi interiors, manifested itself in the form of slight imperfections in decoration, furniture or accessories. It can be cement (even uneven) walls or textured plaster with the effect of careless application, handmade dishes with charming flaws, imperfectly planed wooden furniture, and much more.

By the way, this item opens up a limitless space for the use of hand-made furnishings.

What to avoid

But it is better to beware of the following design tricks when decorating a space in Japandi style:

  • bright colors;
  • obvious accents;
  • active ornaments and patterns;
  • colorful textiles;

You should not arrange decorative accessories on open racks and shelves (ideally if they have a minimum of small things).

  • frankly unnatural materials of furniture, decoration, and accessories;
  • a lot of non-functional decors;
  • intricate draperies on the windows;
  • clutter, visual noise.

It is also better to refuse furniture and accessories with an overly intricate design.

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