How To Decorate Using Japandi Style
Do you prefer a clean, minimalist approach with mostly neutral hues in your decor? This relatively new style, Japandi combines Japanese Minimalism (Japan) and Scandinavian Design (Scandi.) The common qualities between the two include functionality, simplicity, an appreciation for nature, and craftsmanship.
Furthermore, it combines Hooga or Hygge, the concept of warmth in the home with Wabi-sabi, the acceptance of imperfections.
|Japanese Design Characteristics||Scandinavian Design Characteristics|
|Low Seated furuniture||Straight forward & uncomplicated shapes|
|Seamless connection to nature||Minimalist decor|
|Acceptance of imperfections||Keeping things light and bright|
|Use of organic materials such as wood and bamboo||Creating a feeling of well-being the home|
|Use of Warm colors||Use of soft and cool pastel colors|
|Use of darker wood tones||Use of lighter wood tones|
You’ll want to use 3-4 hues max in your space. If you prefer the Scandi aesthetic, you’ll want to use warm whites, soft pastels, and light color woods. If you lean toward the Japanese aesthetic they you can use darker earthier tones, and darker wood tones. Use black very minimally, and completely avoid pops of color in your space.
Use warm white walls, or if leaning toward a more Japanese execution use deep, muted colors found in nature such as green, rust, or tan on some accent walls. You could also use the texture of wood (thin strips of wood placed vertically or horizontally on your walls,) concrete, bamboo, or cedar panels.
Why would the countries in Scandinavia use these colors?
The weather in Scandinavia in most parts is generally mild and pleasant. In winter, however, they get only 4 – 5.5 hours of sunlight in most parts of Scandinavia, as opposed to Seattle’s 8.25. It’s no wonder they want to keep things light and bright!
Less is More
Embrace the “Less is more” (Danshari) concept, choosing items carefully- in a curated way like the approach Marie Kondo has popularized. Rid yourself of items that weigh you down, don’t serve a purpose, or don’t create a spark of love (have meaning) for you. Declutter to achieve a minimalist style.
Materials, Furniture and such
Use wood. Combine up to 3 different tones (light to dark) in a space. Materials to embrace include: organic materials, linen, hemp, wood, rattan and paper. There should be a connection to the outdoor space, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor. If you don’t have any outdoor space, then add a plant (not plants.) Want pattern in your interior? Do so with restraint: simple clean lines on textiles, artwork or even wallpaper that uses the color palette previously described.
- Keep things simple.
- Quality over quantity.
- Embrace imperfection.
- Keep your color palette minimalistic.
- Keep your furniture choices simple and low to the ground.
- Use solid colors for the vast majority of the space.
- Use plants minimally.
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