Japandi style explained
The Japandi interior style has taken the world by storm in the past few years and it’s not hard to see why. The word comes from 2 different interior design styles: Scandinavian and Japanese, put together it becomes Japandi. Calm, neutral colours mixed with organic shapes and a simplistic approach to decor is the heart of the Japandi style. It’s an easy interior design style to start with if you love clean and uncluttered design inspired by nature.
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Hi, I’m Nadine
Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind this blog and NH.DESIGN.
I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.
Key elements of the Scandinavian interior style
Scandinavian design is all about functionality and simplicity. It draws inspiration from nature, using materials like wood, linen or cotton. Colours are inspired by nature as well with earthy tones like browns, greys and saturated colours like blues, greens and yellows.
Scandinavian design is very much based on 2 important words in Scandinavian culture: Lagom and Hygge. The first means having just the right amount of something, not too much and not too little. And Hygge describes the feeling of coziness and comfort.
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Key elements of the Japanese interior style
The Japanese interior style is similar to Scandinavian design which makes it a great addition to create the Japandi style. It focuses on simple design, natural colours and materials while adding delicate elements like paper lamps as well as more rustic elements like unfinished wood.
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Creating the right balance between both styles
Luckily the Scandinavian and Japanese interior style are similar in their approach that less is more, making them the perfect styles to combine. Creating a calm, neutral look with lots of texture and depth is what the Japandi style is all about. It’s the perfect blend between form and function. Every piece chosen for this design style is intentional.
To get the best of both worlds, draw on the coziness of Scandinavian design with warm textures and soft pieces while maintaining the elegance of Japanese decor.
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