There are many wonderful ways to design and decorate your living space. From rustic to modern, and from a minimalist to a maximalist look, different designs will work for different people.
That said, one of the most popular design schemes that has taken over the world in recent years is definitely the Japandi style.
Essentially, it is a combination of the rustic beauty of Scandi design fused with the timeless elegance of Japanese décor and mindset.
The key is to bring peace and tranquility to your home while making it vivacious and comfortable for all family members. Fortunately, you can decorate your apartment like a professional using the Japandi style without breaking the bank or losing your sanity in the process.
By following a few essential rules, you can transform your living space into a peaceful sanctuary in a cost-effective way. With that in mind, here are the five tips on how to use the Japandi style in your home.
First things first, understand that the Japandi style is not just an interior design solution — it's a mindset and a way of life. Much like the Scandi design encapsulates the essence of Hygge, for which the Scandinavian countries are popular around the world, the Japandi style encapsulates a mindset of inner peace and serenity.
The way these feelings come to life is not through physical clutter or accumulating possessions we don't need, quite the opposite. The Japandi approach to interior design reminds us that by owning less we can be happier, less stressed and more satisfied with what we have.
This is why the foundation of the Japandi style lies in the minimalist approach to interior design. You can start by decluttering your home room by room. This will create a clutter-free foundation in your home and help banish stress and anxiety. Because remember, physical clutter can quickly become an emotional and psychological burden.
The next step is to put aesthetics aside for a moment and think about the functionality of your living space. The Japandi style teaches us that the aesthetic appeal of the interior is not enough to evoke the right emotions or create a restorative oasis. Rather, the space also needs to be functional to elevate your quality of life.
To bring functionality into your home to organize your home office, the kitchen or living room and every other room, you should consider every piece of furniture and every décor element carefully.
Your goal is to make your life more comfortable, so make sure to create those restorative reading nooks, position furniture so that it embraces the natural light and pay special attention to the floors. The carpets and area rugs you put on the floors can make all the difference in functionality and aesthetics, which leads to the next important point.
The Japandi style is very much about texture and feeling every room underneath your fingers and toes. It's not just about seeing the beauty, it's about experiencing it with your other senses, as well. If you want to create a comfortable and peaceful ambiance, then you need to bring area rugs and carpets into the setting.
After all, there's a big difference between walking on a hard wooden floor and feeling the warmth of a fluffy rug. In fact, mastering the art of rug layering will allow you to fuse the Scandi and Japanese styles to create the perfect Japandi look and feel, as you will bring form and function together.
Layering rugs in a room can complement the minimalist approach if you stick to similar hues and textures, as well as complementary patterns. However, it also allows you to bring a much-needed contrast to the space by choosing a focal rug to tie the design together without infringing on its peaceful foundation.
The Japandi style thrives on natural elements, so if you want to make it come to life, you need to bridge the gap between your home and the great outdoors. The best way to do this is to strategically choose and place low-light houseplants around the house.
These plants are easy to nurture without too much hassle, and they're beautiful to boot. However, greenery is not enough to create a biophilic look, so consider repurposing used furniture from natural materials, such as wood, jute, rattan and the like.
Last but not least, let a neutral foundation be the leitmotif of your living space. The Japandi style is not about overbearing color schemes and complex décor, rather, it is about neutral, earthy hues that complement each other and allow a peaceful ambiance to come to life.
For example, you can't go wrong with a white cream foundation on the walls, which will allow the rest of the décor to define the look and feel of the room. With a neutral foundation, you have plenty of possibilities to play around with earthy tones, patterns and textures on the furniture and especially the accents.
Don't be afraid to add contrasting accents like ornate pillows and textured throws on the furniture. A fluffy faux sheepskin draped on the side of the sofa is also a wonderful addition to the living room, while vases and other accents in natural hues will complete the design.
The Japandi style is quickly taking over the world and for a number of compelling reasons. If you want to imbue your home with peace and positivity, then be sure to use these tips that will transform your living environment into a true sanctuary.