Styles we are loving in 2024 – Japandi

Japandi, as the name suggests, is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design principles that represent a harmonious blend of minimalism, functionality, and a deep respect for nature. An emerging trend that marries two ancient cultures, one of Eastern descent and one of Western, with an enduring aesthetic that is captivating design enthusiasts worldwide and it’s not hard to see why.

The Japandi style draws its inspiration from two design philosophies – the traditional Japanese aesthetic of “Wabi-Sabi” and the Scandinavian concept of “Hygge.” “Wabi-Sabi” emphasises the beauty of imperfection, the appreciation of simplicity, and the transient nature of all things. It values natural materials and organic textures with a focus on creating peaceful environments. “Hygge” is a Danish concept that promotes well-being and a sense of comfort and contentment. It focuses on warmth, softness and nature with an emphasis on creating cozy yet functional spaces. By combining these two philosophies, the Japandi style is both minimalist yet welcoming all at the same time.

Key elements of the Japandi style include:

  1. Simplicity and minimalism: At the core of Japandi style is a commitment to simplicity. Clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and a sense of minimalism characterise this design trend.
  2. Neutral colour palette: The colour palette in Japandi interiors is muted and soothing, often consisting of neutral tones such as warm whites, greys, and beiges.
  3. Natural materials: Bringing the outdoors in is a fundamental aspect of Japandi design. Incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, and bamboo to add warmth and a sense of connection to nature. Furniture pieces with exposed grains, rich textures, organic shapes and natural imperfections contribute to the overall tactile experience of the space. Incorporate handmade or slightly weathered items into your décor, adding a touch of authenticity and character.
  4. Functionality and practicality: Scandinavian design places a strong emphasis on functionality, and this principle is seamlessly integrated into the Japandi style. Choose furniture that serves a purpose beyond aesthetics, focusing on practicality and usability. Multi-functional pieces can help maintain a clutter-free environment.

What we love most about Japandi, is that it goes beyond the surface level of design trends. It taps into a universal desire for balance, simplicity, and a deep connection to nature, making it a design style that will stand the test of time. See below for how you can create this look with pieces from the Huntley + Co range.


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