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Japandi is characterized by light, simplistic spaces and complemented by natural themes, rustic and light materials, as well as a bright, contrasting color palette and clean lines. 

Less is more 

Minimalism and Japandi are not the same thing, but like minimalism, which is very popular in Scandinavian countries and Japan, Japandi focuses on clean lines, simple color palettes and sustainability. Japandi-style homes are uncluttered, favor eco-friendly materials, emphasize practicality, and have a (mostly) neutral color palette. When decorating a Japandi house, prioritize the sentimental quality over the quantity of objects.

Focus on Japanese home decor

Bamboo furniture, dark wood, open spaces and natural lighting are mainstays of Japanese interior design, which also feature frequently in the Japandi style. Sliding doors, low furniture and nature-inspired pieces, along with light earth tones, deep blacks and reds are also common themes.

Homage to Scandinavian interior design

You've probably heard of Hygge - a Danish and Norwegian concept that focuses a lot on rustic minimalism and “coziness”. In addition to the use of textured furniture, rustic touches and natural wood, Scandinavian homes also avoid clutter and complement the decor with plants around the house. Here, bright patterns and colors are kept to a minimum. When present, fabric patterns should draw inspiration from nature.

Decorate in the Japandi style

Now that we understand the origins, let's get our hands dirty, or the house, so to speak.

We have a few more tips and tricks you might want to know before you do a Japandi recreation in your home. 

use color contrast

Whites, earth tones and modern grays are great base colors for a Japandi home. That said, the Japandi style allows for a little more contrast than most minimalist decorating styles - especially when it comes to accessories, wallpapers and items like rugs, pillows and blankets. Here, the idea is to enhance the contrast of a space, mixing light woods with splashes of black, red and other dark colors for a striking visual effect.

avoid chaos 

Things and little things that hang around the house just because and have no apparent function, have no place in the Japandi style. A good first step is to declutter your space and limit items that aren't functional, sentimental, or important to the space's overall aesthetic. An easy rule for keeping a home free of “clutter” is the “One Touch Rule”. In other words, the idea is to open your mail as soon as you receive it, rather than piling it all up on a table; fold the clothes as soon as they come out of the machine; wash the dishes as soon as you finish your meals and so on. 

adopt clean lines

Incorporating simple patterns into home decor, keeping surfaces free of clutter, and using unornamented furniture can all help achieve this look. Limiting cabinet space, having glass table tops, and choosing geometric pieces are also good ways to create clean lines when redecorating your home.

Focus on natural materials

Wood, bamboo, etc. Darker colored wood works well to create contrast in a light Japandi base color palette, while woods with a natural finish can be used almost anywhere in this decor scheme. To fully embrace the Japandi style, go green with everything from your flooring to the furniture throughout your space.

Mix and match furniture

Pieces like Japanese low tables (from their chabudai name), Scandinavian woven chairs, tatami chairs, straight-back sofas and modern furniture can be mixed together to achieve the cohesive, hybrid look that the Japandi trend is known for. The beauty of Japandi furniture is in the sensations they create - comfort, function and elegance are valued, rather than complex and ornate aesthetics. Make sure you don't overcrowd and clutter rooms with furniture. Achieving the Japandi look is often more about what you throw out than what you put in the house.

add plants

Bringing the outdoors inside, creating a sense of nature and life. Be sure to add potted plants as part of your Japandi home decor. Having plants in the home not only serves as a timeless design choice, but also improves air quality, among other benefits. Monsteras, yuccas, palm trees, succulents and bonsai are great options for a Japandi-style home.

Now that you have several tips on how to adopt this style, you can start thinking about which fabrics to use. Our suggestion is that you take advantage of linen fabrics in nude tones, as they give the house a relaxed and modern look, while still being elegant. 

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And get advice from us if you want to make custom-made pieces. Our atelier has an excellent service and the necessary expertise for any challenge. Contact us and let us help make your home an even more pleasant place.

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