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The Japandi style comes from Japan and is a beautiful home decoration style based on minimal accents and a cozy feeling. This is a combination of two Japanese concepts for comfort and imperfect beauty, so you end up with highly functional rooms made of natural materials and several decorations, but not too cluttered. Let’s check out the next 20 Japandi style ideas for your home!
1. White Walls
Many Japanese homes have one common point – white walls. There are several benefits: you can use all the natural light as it brightens up the white walls. The main purpose, however, in the Japanese mentality is that white walls are used to balance the heavy use of wood materials to decorate the floor, the ceiling, and, sometimes, even the walls themselves. If you want a Japandi style room, it’s best to start with white walls as they will go beautifully with wooden tones.
2. Less is More
Japandi homes are never cluttered with lots of accessories. Instead, carefully handpick a few decorations made of natural materials, such as stone. As you may also see in the picture above, one staple of the style is to find beauty in imperfection. Every picture has a different shape, but they beautifully complement each other.
3. Natural and Eco-Friendly Materials
As previously discussed, most Japandi styles use natural materials and, most importantly, wood. Some other examples of renewable choices would be reeds and grasses, and these also come with a richer texture. If you choose wood to decorate everything from the floors to walls, make sure you balance it out with white furniture.
4. Open it Up
To fit within this style, your rooms must be airy, large, and take advantage of natural light. The Japanese minimalism focuses on only one or a few centerpieces that steal your attention. These must be chosen to offer you a state of calm and peace. If your rooms are not so spacious, you can choose low furniture to create the impression of a larger area.
5. Combining Wood Colors
You perhaps already know the importance of yin and yang in this Asian culture. As a result, many Japanese-style homes use the black and white combination. The coldness of these colors is offset by white, lighter nuances. In the photo above, the owner decided to complete the design with a velvety smooth rug and a light, creamy sofa.
6. Crisp & Serene Atmosphere
One of the main purposes of a Japandi style interior is to make you feel relaxed, turning your home into a real sanctuary. This effect is often achieved by using neutral colors – for instance; grey tones can be combined with light and creamy textures, while white accessories can make the home brighter.
7. Yin & Yang Contrasts
Whether you want to design your bedroom or your living room, the yin and yang colors are a must. The Japandi style homes combine these nuances with wooden furniture to balance the mix. You should not add any other color to the mix; however, if you want to add a little extra oomph, you can add some natural plants to your home.
8. Quality (Not Quantity)
As previously discussed, less is always better for this Japanese style. This is because the concept focuses on a deep appreciation for craftsmanship and artisans. Also, the style uses eco-friendly materials, so using less goes hand in hand with this principle. From the lot itself to furniture and accessories, quality is a must.
9. Keep it Interesting
Japanese is about neutral tones, but this does not mean that you cannot decorate your home and add a few extra splashes of color. Apart from black and white, you can combine the woody nuances with other earthy touches, grey, or even an indigo blue. However, keep these extra colors as minimal as possible. Make sure you use them scarcely throughout your home.
10. Cozy Living Room
Light oak is usually the top choice for decorating Japandi homes. This is because the Japanese go through rough earthquakes and other natural disasters that make them respect nature, so they attempt to live in peace and with deep respect for everything it has to offer. Wood is one of the most common materials in Japandi homes.
11. Geometric Furniture
Another feature of the Japandi style is the geometric furniture – however, you need to stay away from complete symmetry. These geometric figures are believed to create a smooth environment, and fill you with calmness and peace.
Keeping everything simple, Japandi does not include extra lighting – practicality is key. Only add lighting fixtures where you need them, and remember that quality, not quantity, is important. These should be task-based and in white nuances.
13. Choosing Furniture
Generally, Japandi furniture comes in darker, bolder colors. As mentioned above, the geometric shapes are a must as it is a core concept of the style, and they also bring some elegance. The Scandinavian Japandi style, however, uses white furniture. The photo above showcases a mix of both styles.
14. Contrast is Elegant
All Japandi homes require some contrast. As we’ve already seen, this is achieved by combining dark, wooden furniture with whiter colors. Rich brown, white, and the few black accents on the counter all come together through fine workmanship and delicate details.
15. Nature is All Around
Japandi homes are often decorated with hand-made objects. Choose earthy tones and textures, branches, and other natural elements. The picture above is a great example of what you can have in your Japandi home.
16. Adding Plants
If you want to liven up your space, adding a few natural plants can do the trick. However, always stay true to nature. For instance, the furniture is made of wood, while upholstery boasts cotton and other natural materials. You may also add bright, freshly cut blooms for some color.
17. Natural and Simple
It is recommended to choose low decorations in your home to maintain an appearance of a large, airy space. You should never cram too many decorations while following this style. This is because it is based on the idea that you should only have what you truly need.
18. Sleek Furniture
In most cases, furniture must follow some geometric designs. Choose it carefully from skilled craftsmen that can provide high-quality pieces to last for the rest of your life. When choosing larger pieces of furniture, it’s best to go for a sleek look. Thin legs are often used to make space seem bigger and brighter.
19. Glass Walls
As nature is the main muse, you can fade the boundaries between your home and the outdoors. This means that if you have an outdoor space, you can turn a wall into glass. Alternatively, you can connect with nature by adding plants to your indoors if you do not have access to the outdoors.
20. Connecting to the Nature
The Japandi style is really about having a down-to-earth, peaceful, and relaxing lifestyle. It is not only a home-style – the Japanese love for nature and grounding is deeply rooted in this style, turning it into a way of living. Decorate your home in this minimalist style, and you may find peace and calm.