Japandi: Craftmanship and simplicity

Updated: Feb 8

Take everything to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. Franco Bertoni

This sensational trend is really intriguing. A mix of Japanese and Scandi making big waves with interior designers, so expect to see the trend trickle down into our homes. It has all the rustic simplicity of Scandi combined with the sophistication of Japanese design. Based on the wabi-sabi element of perfect imperfection and mixed with elements of hygge emphasising warmth and comfort. A combination of opposites, contrasting light Scandi wood tones work with the polish and richness of traditional Japanese design.

What's new about Japandi?

The minimalist and Scandi design trends have been around so long we are really familiar with the use of neutral, natural materials in simple furnishings and décor. But the real interest of the partnership becomes apparent when you contrast and mix dark and neutral Scandi tones.

The new elements in Japandi have introduced superb craftmanship and the contrast between the two styles. Its not just about having a simple, natural look in our environment but to recognise basic human needs, the way we introduce and live with space, light and warmth in our homes.

Do all your decorative items have purpose?

The guiding concept in Japandi is to be disciplined enough to add things with real purpose. I find this hard, as I’ve got so many things in my space which are decorative, but have no real purpose, but I'm learning how to look at items with this principle in mind!

Made large Osaka teapot £19.00

We're all conscious about buying local eco-friendly, sustainable materials. In the same way, the Japandi emphasis is on simple, cotton, linen, wool natural fabrics used for bed linen, curtains, etc not just about display, but a guiding principle in everyday life, sleeping, eating, relaxing.

Bringing nature in is still important, but place your plants in their own space, don't crowd them out for the sake of it. In Ikebana, one carefully placed flower or plant can be just as powerful as an elaborate arrangement.

Low profile furniture in warm woods

Furniture is focused on quality and craftmanship in warm woods. Keep the lines minimal with low profile furniture and ensure your lighting is balanced with no sharpness. Japanese furniture tends to be low to satisfy the traditional cultural need to feel and be closer to the earth, another signature of Japandi style. You can also mix and match different furniture as this always adds a unique feeling of texture and contrast.

Add colour and playfulness!

Make a playful statement with bright Japanese geometric handmade fabrics combined with neutrals.

Japandi on a budget?

OK we all love superb craftmanship and the space to display your everything. But is it possible to have an element of Japandi on a budget? So of course you know where to start? Ikea!

From left to right -

  1. John Lewis Inky blue framed print £25

  2. Litfad simple frosted pendant globe £36.89

  3. Made Grove stonewashed waffle bedspread £49

  4. Sklum YTSE Rattan wall sconce £39.99

  5. Ikea Agen rattan/bamboo chair £35

  6. Made Nyro wall lamp black and antique brass £39

  7. H&M large mango wooden pot £29.99

  8. Ikea Gamlehult rattan footstool with storage £60

  9. Amazon Aooshine Bedside solid wood table lamp £28.99

Already love Scandi?

Take some pointers from Japandi and add new elements to your furniture and decor with Japandi. It will add instant contrast, texture and interest and take your space to a new level!

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