When it comes to Australian interior design, Scandi style is undoubtedly a favourite. Light coloured timbers, a palette of neutral creams, whites and light blondes and a focus on minimalism and functionality. But there’s a new trend taking the interiors industry by storm, and we think it’s well on its way to rivalling classic Scandi style. Introducing ‘Japandi’; a hybrid trend based on the principles, aesthetic and focus on craftsmanship of Scandinavian and Japanese design.
What is Japandi style?
Wondering exactly how this fusion plays out? This emerging trend is characterised by its focus on simplicity, elegance and functionality. Traditional Japanese design concepts and ideas meet with the casual but clean look of Scandinavian design. Where it departs from typical Scandi design is in the combination of tones; utilising both dark hues (taken from traditional Japanese design), and light oak tones (as you’d tend to see used in Scandi design). For example, you might expect to see an oak table paired with black timber chairs. The effect of this is an interior with layers of tones, textures and materials, but one that honours craftsmanship and does not interrupt design lines with clutter.
“Scandinavian and Japanese styles are bound by a shared respect for simplicity, quality of materials, and craftsmanship,” explains Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, architect and founder of Copenhagen-based Norm Architects. “Both are characterized by the understated and unspoken."
"With the pandemic, and a global focus on sustainability, people have a longing to create homes that are timeless, practical, and reconnect them with nature,” he adds. “These are all elements that have been addressed by these two design traditions for centuries.”
Image: Left - Nomi.com.au, Centre - Platz.com.ar, Right - Keiji Ashizawa x Norm Architects
How to nail it…
If you like Scandi style (clean lines, textured linens, eclectic accessories and a slight retro vibe), expect to love Japandi. More about dramatic contrast, Japandi is really about defining the look. Here are our top tips for nailing the Japandi interior trend in your home.
Say NO to clutter
Much like minimalism, Japandi is anti-clutter. Look to smart storage solutions to transform your home into a space that ignites inspiration and calm.
Refine the palette
Much like Scandi, Japandi does not necessarily mean no colour is allowed. Utilise a colour palette of soft pinks, blues and greys against deeper emeralds and navy tones. Try pairing Slate Blue with Cement on our TOO Tone Clock, or introduce Salmon, Forest and Sage in our Magnetic Art range.
Image: Left - Ellos.no; Centre - Homegrillondon.com Dulux 2021 colour trends, Right - Jotun
Introduce white space
Balance out colours and tones with white space - look to clean, pared back silhouettes and lines. Keep in mind our Minimal designs for inspiration to create a rest for your eyes.
MINIMAL WALL CLOCK - WHITE-ON-WHITE BY TOO DESIGNS
It’s all about textures
Of course, we all love a bit of texture, but it’s a crucial element in the Japandi trend. Introducing tactility injects the warmth that may otherwise be lacking in a minimal space. Think timbers, cushions, rugs and throws.
Image: Left - Internity Home, Centre - Esmadeco.com, Right - Joplin, Focaldecor.com
To balance out the blonde, light timbers of Scandi style, introduce some black and darker hues. This can be done through accessorising - vases or ceramics, statement cushions, or pair Black with Cement or Stone in a Magnetic Art piece or more permanently by staining existing furniture in a darker tone.
MAGNETIC ART BY TOO DESIGNS
Much like the Scandi style and traditional minimalism, Japandi is all about investing in pieces that will last the distance. Consider that sometimes, spending that little bit extra on something that has been designed with craftsmanship front and centre is far better than spending your money on something mass produced.
TOO TONE CLOCK (CEMENT & WHITE) & MINIMAL CLOCKS (WHITE & BAMBOO) BY TOO DESIGNS
Ready to embrace the Japandi trend? Source inspiration from our minimal designs and start planning your interior!