Following the huge success of Scandinavian inspired interior design over recent years, the latest trend fuses a similar aesthetic. Gone are the clinical modern lines and monochromatic styling and in their place is a more rustic take on modernism, otherwise known as ‘Japandi’.
What does Japandi mean?
The term is a clever fusion of Japan and Scandi, Japandi.
In the world of interiors, Japandi is a blend of Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese naturalism designs to create an aesthetic that is both simple and warm. The use of natural materials is key to this look. Natural woods and bamboos are staples in Japanese interior design so featuring them in your furniture and accessories is a real easy way to create a Japandi look in your home.
Our Oak Wood Picture Frames are great for adding warmth in your Japandi inspired home. The natural wood finish will compliment the aesthetic and can easily be moved around your home to style with your furniture and accessories.
The use of natural materials is also important when it comes to fabric choices. Cotton and wool are great additions to any Japandi home as they add the texture and the warmth, but remember, this look is still a minimalist principle so less is more!
Neutral colours are a key component to creating the ultimate Japandi interior. However, neutral doesn’t mean white. In Scandi style homes, white was a serious must-have in everything from wall colours to furniture but in Japandi style homes the colours are warmer so choose an off-white, cream or light beige for your walls. These warm tones will ground your design and compliment the natural materials in your furniture and accessory pieces and your fabric choices.
Another easy way to incorporate a Japandi aesthetic to your home is to use Japanese inspired wall art. The graphic styles of our Japanese inspired prints are an affordable way to give your home that Japandi flavour. We would recommend framing your art with our Oak Wood Frames to introduce the natural material element into your interior.
A big feature in Japandi interiors is the use of the ground as an anchor, anyone else remember the explosion of the futon bed? If you don’t, congratulations you are still young (and probably too fun to be reading about Japanese inspired interiors). The futon, originated in Japan and is essentially a mattress which lays on the floor or on a really love bed frame and it can be rolled up to become a sofa (Chiropractor’s everywhere probably became very rich after this trend). Whilst British backs are possibly now triggered at the thought of crawling off the floor every morning , it’s important to mention that the futon is a functional piece of furniture which is a key design element of Japanese interiors. This is also a key element to a Japandi style home. The style and design of your furniture should have a purpose, so if, for example, something has a strap, question whether that is there for design or function?
This principle can be used when considering where to place your wall art in a Japandi style interior. In the absence of a futon bed, buying a large A1 framed print and placing it on the floor to lean against the wall is a great way to bring your eye line closer to the ground. This is also a way to incorporate some of the Japandi philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’, (an ancient Japanese design philosophy that embraces transitory nature and imperfections of life).
Take a look at our full range of Japandi inspired wall art and frames here.