Photo: Texture in a mostly neutral room can add an extra element of design. Shutterstock
3. Multi-functionalism is not only fun — it is a necessity in Japandi design!
Having a minimalistic viewpoint is great for the wallet and the soul, but you still need a place to put your earthly possessions, right? Storage is one of the most important things when considering a space to live, especially if you watch any of the shows on the home design network, but there is only so much storage money can buy. If you are trying to keep a space free of clutter, you will need items to serve more than one purpose. Remember, we’re looking for quality over quantity here!
Multi-functionality serves a great Japandi purpose because it also addresses a few other Japandi components: eco-friendliness and wabi-sabi. Don’t forget to look for something with clean lines and natural materials to make it fit perfectly with your newly chosen aesthetic! There are so many ideas out there of transformational furniture that can serve multiple purposes. The sunflower chair, a bookshelf, or a storage ottoman also serves as a table or a bench. Interestingly, the multifunctional aspect can also apply to spaces, not just your items. That is where a Shoji screen, or a room dividing panel, would be useful.
2. Art in Japandi style can follow either of the inspiring designs – Japanese or Scandinavian – but it should be displayed very thoughtfully.
Japandi’s marriage of Japanese and Scandinavian styles isn’t entirely out of the blue. Danish architects and artists began traveling to Japan over 150 years ago, searching for new inspiration, which was then incorporated into their work. This early Japanese influence can be seen in Scandi’s open floor plans and their love of minimalism. The two styles highly respect artisanal handiwork and local craftsmanship, so their combination into a hybrid style makes sense on many levels.
Art can be a perfect finishing touch in most rooms. It adds something you might not have known was missing until it was there. As we discussed with craftsmanship, it could be valuable to look for unique or local art pieces instead of canvas prints or mass productions of an image. That can only add to your home’s individuality and make it more special to you. And remember, art does not necessarily mean paintings! Your art could mean a wall tapestry, a sculpture, or a handmade pottery piece – any special accessory that speaks to you.
1. Japandi is more than a design aesthetic; there are philosophies connected to the designs.
We have mentioned hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), but let’s explore it a bit more. It’s essentially the concept of creating happiness in your everyday life and making your home a sanctuary. It is a state of mind. Though we would all love for our homes to look like magazine covers, that seems like it would be devoid of happiness and full of stress – nothing could be out of place. Hygge allows for family, friends, and memories to take up our space. But with less clutter, it maintains that open and clean atmosphere.
If you want more hygge in your life, add soft, comfy cushions and large, fluffy blankets. That will make it impossible to walk into your home and not think, “I want to live here!” For the ultimate hygge, however, you will want to create a spa-like experience in the bathroom. That means going all-out: rainfall showerheads, plush rugs, giant garden tubs, candles to set the right ambiance, fluffy towels, and all the best aromatherapy smells to make your stress melt away!