Home trends have come and gone, and the past couple of years or so have focused on these two things – minimalism and functionality. Two styles are able to achieve both of these at the same time, and people have been fusing those styles together.
Enter Japandi – Japanese and Scandinavian combined. The Japanese style puts forth minimalism, nature, and wabi-sabi, a world view that is rooted in the acceptance of imperfection and transcience. Scandi style achieves beauty by sticking to clean lines and warmth.
"Japandi design is the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of art, nature, and simplicity.”
- Leni Calas of Ward 5 Design
It favors high quality and handcrafted pieces over the run-of-the-mill ones: a tribute to the timeless elegance of Japanese aesthetic, and the impeccable make of Scandi items.
“Clutter-free” is also one of its main points, again a nod to both the Japanese and the Scandi approach to decor.
Drawing from this, it’s important to note that adopting this style means that you place every piece inside your bedroom with function and intention. While other styles would simply be all about making a room pretty, Japandi takes into consideration the functionality of every piece.
You need to embrace this statement: Less is more. Sometimes, the most difficult thing to do in decorating a home is refraining from adding this and that, and choosing seemingly more beautiful pieces just because they have more colors or patterns. This does the opposite – neutral colors, simple lines, and less items.
Choose the pieces which have functions other than aesthetics in your room. Think of the words “serenity, tranquility, calming” when choosing your pieces. For instance, a bright red crate would definitely do its job of keeping things in place, but does it exude the feeling of tranquility and calm?
Function in this case is not only about reducing the mess in your room, but also about providing you a sense of comfort.
It’s more than an aesthetic, but a way of life. It shows appreciation to long-lasting style that doesn’t demand to be changed in every turn of the season. Everything is chosen with care. From the material of your bedsheets to the craftsmanship of your side table, these little details contribute to and complete the Japandi home. It favors wood and natural fibers such as bamboo.
There’s a reason why it’s here to stay, and that’s because it helps with one’s mental health. If you’re struggling with stress and anxiety, for instance, remodeling your bedroom with this aesthetic can give you a zen-like haven where you can just rest, relax, and disconnect.
And as we’re on the topic of health, this can also lessen the allergens in the air, simply because there are fewer things for dust to settle in. Cleaning is much easier, too.
With its muted colors, natural materials, beautiful craftsmanship, Japandi should stand the test of time.