The trend of mixing two supposedly completely different interior styles is growing
We have an easy problem to solve: Japan + Scandi =? The right solution is Japandi – the hybrid interior style that everyone falls in love with at first sight. It relies on the harmony and skillful balance between the main ideas of Japanese and Scandinavian styles: functionality, simplicity and refined minimalism. They offer what everyone wants to have in their home: unobtrusive beauty, a cozy and calm atmosphere, a sense of zen.
Japandi has emerged as a fountain of design inspiration in 2020, provoked by the desire to be in touch with nature and art, but also by periods of lockdown in which people isolate themselves in their homes and work from them. Home may be a fortress, but the modern home is also a realm of comfort, light and relaxing spaces. The aspiration to achieve them is quenched precisely by the combination between two supposedly completely different styles. Which, however, fit together like a puzzle, which is why hotel decorators are guided by this formula.
The elements of hybrid style
The aesthetics of Japan and Scandinavian countries are more similar than you might think because both cultures focus on natural elements and comfort. Here are the 5 pillars on which the concept of merging the best of these two worlds rests:
– Natural sustainable materials – through them you capture the spirit of nature in the home, so focus on pieces of bamboo, wooden elements that look like they are unfinished.
– Natural light – the sun’s rays streaming in through large windows and doors or through the glazed roof provide a feeling of airiness, cleanliness and a connection with nature.
– Muted colors in a gentle and calm palette with subtle bright accents placed meaningfully. Thus, the rooms do not look sterilely clean, but simply fresh.
– Minimalist furniture with simple, clean lines, well-chosen and quality-made. They should not dominate, so as not to obstruct the view and not to introduce a feeling of clutter and disorder – only the most necessary.
– Natural greenery – with it you will bring the feeling of living outdoors. The more live plants, the more freshness!
– Smart details – built-in cabinets, folding screens, boxes, baskets to hide things that obstruct the view, complemented by soft and warm textures of the fabrics in the interior.
Hygge and wabi-sabi – the harmonious design marriage
Where the Scandinavian concept of comfort hygge meets wabi-sabi – the Japanese understanding that beauty lies in imperfection, the result is a style that is easy to achieve and at the same time refined, spiritual and contributing to making any room look spacious and open, to predispose to calmness.
Although both Japanese and Scandinavian design styles are not new, the combination between them is so successful that it is sure to be a growing design trend in the coming years.