Everything you need to know about Japandi, a furniture hybrid driving the interior design space

May 05, 2017

Born of different cultures, surprisingly, two styles found solace in the space of interior design. Japandi, a solidarity between Japanese and Scandinavian design has found its way into the spotlight. An emerging trend of 2017, it exudes an engaging straightforwardness of a new adorning style that has impressed designers world over.


Japandi is a fusion of the Japanese and Scandinavian Styles

Japanese and Scandinavian furniture have a lot in common and their amalgamation has only highlighted the design and style of the other, from its colour schemes to its fine lines. Both the styles offer a minimalistic look and lay an underplayed emphasis on the elements of nature embodied in simplistic designs. Its designs for functionality creates a calm and balanced look which also implies it’s no-nonsense policy towards space hogging furniture.


Japandi takes inspiration from the Japanese style of clean furniture

What are the style differences?

Scandi is a style that is ordinarily characterised by light oak furniture, pastel tones, light cloth upholstery and straightforward clean lines. In Japandi the general style is more layered in tone, surface and complexity coupled with darker wood. The minimal furniture pieces sharpen the functionality of the present furniture. The spaces filled with natural lighting highlight the precise lines of the furniture. The Japanese style of low cut furniture and neutral shades take a back seat in the Japandi designs. It, however, draws inspiration from the fluid seating styles and the excessive usage of wood as a raw material. The cleanly crafted lines are common in both the traditions making it an unspoken part of the hybrid style. Japandi adds the luxury of modern colours coupled with eclectic wooden tones to bring back some design classics back in vogue. The prominent hues of Japandi are obtained from the current Scandi colours like delicate pinks, blues and greys – however, there are unpretentious contrasts like the presentation of mint and emerald green and more profoundly navy blue.


Space saving is the middle name of this style

Where can it be used?

Modern spaces can add a touch of clean, non-fussy furniture to boost the productivity in their space. These pieces are compact and are also generally used for smaller applications making it a new hot favourite for small home spaces. These furniture pieces are particularly accessorised with delicate china vases and flower pots. Clean, white lampshades can also add some intensity to space. Japandi furniture fits like a glove to a hand against backgrounds of raw painted brick walls and stone tiles spaces to contrast the excessive wood used in the style. A Japanese white screen divider or Scandinavian inspired light textured upholstery can add to the clean look of this hybrid style.


Some Scandi furniture inspiration


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