Furnish your home in the Japandi style

What does it mean to furnish your home in the Japanese style


As part ofinterior design one of the hottest trends is to furnish the house with a new alternative and simple style, that one japandi. As we will see it mixes two styles together and this makes the spaces more personal.


Relying on a single style sometimes depersonalises the rooms too much and doesn’t make us feel at home immediately. Combining, on the other hand, is the right recipe to dampen the excesses associated with the use of a single style: too minimal, too cold, on the contrary too heavy.

Where does the Japanese style come from?


This style is the fusion of two others that have many things in common, despite their diversity: style Scandinavian and style Japanese.

The first is characterized by pure and essential lines, neutral and light colors, some vintage references and the presence of nature.


The Japanese style has it too clean lines, large spaces, lots of it nature, but darker wood colors and some black accessories that attract attention and make everything more elegant.

The origins


A first hybridization between the Western and the Eastern style took place in the 1950s Bamboo Basket Chair, designed in collaboration by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the Japanese designer Isamu Kenmochi. The two adapted the structure and traditional techniques of the bamboo basket to the typical shapes of a western chair.

Bamboo basket Chair from the 1950s - Credits: Pinterest
The chair did not go into production, but it can be said that it was a forerunner of this fusion design.

The Dream Chair by Tadao Ando
He tried again then Tadao Ando in 2013, drawing the Dream Chair per Carl Hansen&Son. Here too we have a chair with minimal lines, a sinuous and minimal sculpture chair with the color of a darker wood.

Main features of this style


The main elements of the Japanese style must therefore be sought in the points of contact between the two styles mentioned:

  • Lines essential and minimal, where the harmony of shapes and spaces is king;
  • Light tones e neutral muffled and rendered more hot from the dark and warm shades of the Japanese style;
  • Functionality and essentiality of the elements: everything has its place and its role, banishing the superfluous.

The fusion of hygge and wabi sabi


These fundamental characteristics arise from the perfect combination of the two philosophies underlying the two starting styles.

On the one hand, in fact, there is the fun Scandinavian philosophy for being happy in a home comfortable. It is the warmth of a soft plaid, a cup of tea, a fireplace or a lighted candle, soft lights, the simple things in life that pamper us and make us feel at home.

Japandi goes well with handcrafted furnishings - Credits: Pinterest
On the other we find the wabi-sabi Japanese, who seeks beauty in things imperfect.

The contribution of this second philosophy is fundamental because it leads to the inclusion in the Japanese style of the passion for furnishings and objects by craftsmanshipimperfect yes, but unique and destined to last.

The colors of the japandi style


The color palette this style starts from the neutral bases of the Scandinavian style, white, gray and ivory.

Japandi style color palette - Credits: Pinterest
To these are added dark wood, charcoal, green, which is also present in both styles, and all the colors found in nature.

Gold is an accent color for Japandi - Credits: Pinterest
The accent colors in this case are the black and gold, which appear in some few accessories, as a touch of elegance and refinement on the one hand and pastel tones such as the Sage green, the rosa and the gray blue of Scandinavian derivation on the other.

What materials to furnish the Japanese home


Among the materials to choose for a Japanese-style house is the wood first of all, both in the lighter variant which is more linked to the Scandinavian style, and above all the darker one, in brown and brown tones, typical of the Japanese style.

Wood is also used a lot on the ground, with flooring in parquet.

Materials for a Japanese style - Credits: Pinterest
The wood must then be accompanied by i natural fabrics for various curtains and upholstery.
Raw fabrics such as cotton and jute, to which some fabrics are joined most wanted of Japanese origin such as velvet, silk and satin.

Japandi style home furniture


In the Japanese style i furniture generally they are bass. This happens because in Japanese culture we try to satisfy the need to feel close to the earth: futons, low tables, very low cupboards. They must be furniture that convey order and lightness.

Low mibili in Japanese style - Credits: Pinterest
It can also be mixed in this case, taking a cue from both styles, with low furniture and high furniture, taking care to create the right harmony in the whole.

The accessories


Japanese culture, unlike ours which recognizes creativity in a messy desk, identifies theorder with creativity and harmony.

For this reason, in the Japanese style first, and then in the Japanese style, order and simplicity are fundamental components. From this it follows that furnishing accessories and accessories must be few and well chosen, each with its own aesthetic and useful functionality.

Example of interiors in Japanese style - Credits: Pinterest
Even the Scandinavian style is characterized by this essentiality, but in this style it is declined with elements that try to obtain welcoming environments, such as rugs, sometimes even hairy, but soft and warm, many cushions and fabrics.

This aspect, the Japanese, which is purer and more minimal, does not particularly like it so even for accessories the right balance will be in the mix.

Lighting in the style of japandi


Among the various accessories that refer to this style there are lamps made of natural materials, such as bamboo and rice paper that recall the lightness and style of Japanese lamps, but in some cases accompanied by thin metal elements that rejoin the ‘West.

Japandi Capsule lamp by Forestier
An example of a japandi lamp is Capsule di Forest, a pendant lamp in woven hemp with fabric cable, available in two sizes and in three colors; white, black and natural.

A style that looks to the future


As mentioned, the Japanese style supports thecraftsmanship, due to its intrinsic characteristic of preferring imperfect and humble objects, which will have a long functional and aesthetic durability over time.

A quality, that of durability, guaranteed by the fact that objects created by expert hands I’m timeless and strong enough to survive several generations.

Plants in the house - Credits: Pinterest
Another factor is the love for nature, which we try to bring inside with some plants that are preferably with large and simple leaves, without overly colored flowers that could appear out of tune with the rest.

All of this makes the japandi style one sustainable style, which comes out of the box of use and throws hastily and becomes a real philosophy of life devoted toupcycling and attention to future generations.

For whom the japandi style is suitable


From all that has been said here we can sum up a bit and affirm that if you are a lover of a house with pure but warm lines, if you are nature lovers and followers of the philosophy of decluttering sweeps-superfluous, then the japandi style is for us!


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