What’s the most stylish home décor trend in 2022? The answer is Japandi style - an innovative twist of Scandinavian and Japanese interior design. The trend shows no signs of slowing down. Ready to bring in a bit of Japandi into your space? Read on to find out how.
The Japandi interior design trend has been going strong for over a year. That’s saying something, since trends often fizzle far sooner, especially ones related to style. So, what makes it so special? What makes Japandi style stand the test of time? Let’s break down what this style entails and how you can go about introducing it into your home.
The Elements of Japandi Style
Japandi style incorporates elements of Japanese and Scandinavian design into one! In Japanese home interiors, the focus is on clean lines, light or neutral colors, nature, and keeping a space clutter-free. In Japan, the home is thought to be a reflection of the people living within it. A cluttered, disorganized space can therefore reflect poorly on its inhabitants which would be viewed as being mentally scattered and not present. As such, much care is taken to keep everything in order and dust-free. What many think of as a minimalistic style is the norm in many Japanese homes. We’re only halfway there. In Scandinavian home interiors, there is also a great emphasis on minimalistic style, a neutral colour pallet that reflects nature, functionality, and clean lines. In Scandinavian countries, the home should contain elements of understated design where function is maximized. Wood furniture, wooden accents, and airy spaces filled with light are other main characteristics. Think of the Danish cultural concept of hygge, which values warmth, coziness and every-day comfort. There’s no surprise that these two styles have effortlessly blended together to create a much-loved and adopted home décor trend!
Do I have to declutter to nail the Japandi style?
Does the word ‘decluttering’ send shivers down your spine? In order to get the most out of refreshing your living space with a new style, you should be prepared to do a little ground work. Decluttering is often the place to start. Afterall, many of our homes in North America are a far cry from being clutter free. Clutter is normal in every home and all you need is a little bit of persistence to keep it under control. Decluttering before jumping in on this trend will really help open up the space you are working on and give you the perfect canvas for trying out this trend!
We mentioned that in Japanese culture, it is believed that the outside environment – such as the cleanliness your home - reflects your internal one. Once you begin decluttering, you’ll see that it does not only relate to physical things but also spills into other aspects. A clean space where everything has ‘its designated place’ can have surprisingly strong benefits for your mental wellbeing. If you minimize your possessions, you’ll see you only have things left that truly have value to you. The Japandi style is about creating a functional yet clean-cut atmosphere in your home that gives your body – and mind – space to breath.
How to Start Thinking in the “Japandi Style”
Japandi style incorporates two very well known and loved styles into one. The main elements you should focus on when styling is incorporating minimalist principles, light and neutral colours, and natural materials such as wood. Still confused? Read on as we explore exactly how you can build a Japandi colour palette, mix furniture styles, incorporate neutral yet earthy aspects and, of course, how to do all that while staying minimalistic.
What is a Japandi Style Colour Palette?
In Japandi style, there is an emphasis on creating a light, airy feel that invites nature into your home. As such, the colour palette will reflect nature through neutral eggshell tones, pale greens, muted orange tones (think turmeric or papaya-like colours) and shades of watery greys. Japandi focuses on these cooler, less in-your-face tones. Starting off with a grey base, and then adding some pops of greens, orange, even some darker raspberry reds or leafy greens is a great place to start. Think of any tone that appears in nature, and then mute it down a notch. No absurd neon or flashy colours here.
How Do I Mix Furniture in the Japandi Style?
Combine sleek, timeless and modern furniture with cozy aspects that bring in a welcoming and relaxed feel. Think of adding throws and blankets throughout your home - you can never have too many! Especially in cooler climates, it’s an effortless way to add everyday comfort to your home and embrace that aspect of Japandi style. Throws and blankets are an easy way to incorporate the Japandi style colour palette - just look for more muted, earthy tones.
How Do I Make My Space More “Minimalist”?
This is where many people struggle, because why not buy that extra set of whatever knick-knacks were on sale this week? If you’ve done your due-diligence and decluttered before taking this journey into Japandi style, then start adding simple elements that are clean and understated. Be mindful about what you bring into your home. Make simplicity and craftmanship more important than simply buying the cheapest, more available version of whatever you need. Stick to straight lines and basic tones.
Don’t Rush – Take Your Time and Be Mindful
Taking a mindful decorating approach will help you choose not only more functional but also more beautiful and lasting pieces for your home. This is the essence of creating a minimalist space – it takes time and effort. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t nail it right away. Get inspired and move forward to your goal bit by bit.
We hope you’ve learned a lot about the Japandi style and are ready to incorporate some of its aspects into your home today.
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