Do you fancy turning your home into a calming Japandi style retreat? Then just follow these seven simple steps.
Japandi style is the most popular interior decor trend this year, but don’t worry if you don’t know what it is. It’s simply a fusion of Japanese rustic minimalism and Scandinavian functionality, while each of these aesthetics focuses on simplicity and comfort. Think minimalist yet welcoming with neutral colours, natural materials and also clean lines.
If you want to create it, then you’re in luck: Benji Lewis, interior designer and founder of virtual design consultancy Zoom That Room, shares his top tips for perfecting this timeless trend below.
How to create an effortlessly classic look
Channel Japandi style vibes with softness
Firstly, the curved interiors trend is a great example of Japandi style. “Softness is the name of the game insofar as colours, textures and shapes are concerned” says Benji. “So look at upholstered goods with a curved form. For example, the Margas Lounge chair below is perfect.”
Use only neutrals to create a restful feel
Secondly, Japandi style is all about neutrals. So “take your neutral colour palette to the extreme,” says Benji. “Look only at tones of ivory, tan, soft grey and charcoal. Try Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White.”
Go for wood – why not try oak?
Thirdly, oak helps your space feel natural, Japandi style. “Natural timber finishes are good,” Benji explains. “Steer clear of anything dark and heavy.” So dark woods like mahogany and walnut are out.
Choose warm metallics like brass and bronze
Fourthly, warm metallics like copper, brass and bronze suit Japandi style. “Go warm with your trim detail,” Benji advises. “Bronze always works well.”
Go for simple geometric patterns
Geometric patterns work well with Japandi style furnishings. “If you like the idea of using pattern, keep things simple and geometric,” says Benji. “Textiles like the cushions below are a good option.”
Use natural materials
Natural materials work best. “For texture, look at naturals like wool boucle and felt,” says Benji, “while cane detail can provide additional interest. This sideboard from Made.com works well.”
Want more colour? Use plants in your home
Lastly: if you want more colour in your Japandi style interiors, plants are a good shout, says Benji. “Include some greenery with something large and leafy in a simple pot if you feel the need to add a splash of colour. I recommend Fatsia Japonica – it’s a good indoor plant option.”
So, do you want to read more about Japandi style? Then you’ll love Stef’s piece on the Zen aesthetic.