Calm colors, natural fabrics and a turn towards peace and wellness have been taking over homes for the last few years. As mental health becomes a top priority, zen styling is far from a shocking new development in our at-home lives, but a new combination of aesthetics is bringing a fresh, unexpected fusion to interior design.
Japandi, a portmanteau of “Japanese” and “Scandinavian,” is the cozy cousin of true minimalism, using elements of hygge and wabi-sabi to emphasize an imperfect, casual collectiveness of clean lines and comforting décor. This trending mix brings together two styles to create a look that’s warm, but still modern and functional.
“Scandinavian design focuses on a monochrome color palette, warm woods and modern craftsmanship, while Japanese aesthetic focuses on minimalism, organic forms and culture,” says Tiek & Co. design pro Katie Nichols.
The key to achieving this look in your own home, according to Nichols, is to foster both comfort and simplicity. Keep furniture sleek and warm-toned, but pair with more natural accent pieces to keep it from leaning too clinical. The same goes for accessories—don’t overwhelm the room, but bring in a few natural accents like stone bowls and wood vases.
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“Accessories should be a mix of both Scandinavian and Japanese styles, but should always be kept to a minimum,” Nichols says. “You want the accessories to complement the space, not take over.”
While die-hard minimalists may shudder at the idea of décor without a function, Japandi invites you to mix and match until you find your perfect equilibrium.
“Remember, the key to the Japandi style is balance,” Nichols says.