Stockholm and Tokyo may be more than 8,100 miles apart but the attitude towards design and lifestyle philosophy is closely tied. Japandi style is the umbrella term that brings together both cultures’ attitudes towards arts and interiors. Combining the modern rustic aesthetic of Scandi interiors with the ergonomic harmony of Japanese culture and a shared love of finding beauty in nature. This trend is perfect for fans of minimalism, functionality and sophistication and is the natural evolution of our recent interior love affair with all things hygge. As our evenings get lighter and spring starts to show her green shoots, discover our favourite prints for a happy home.
1. Neutral colour palette
The antithesis of Japandi style is maximalism, contrasting colours and clashing prints. Instead, a neutral colour palette creates order and feng shui as tone on tone styling unifies the soft furnishings, wall paint and artwork in a room. This works by choosing one or two colours and then layering complementary hues. Choose a muted colour palette of natural greens, yellows and whites to create a subtle colour way and accessorise with fresh greenery. Read more on how to create a tone-on-tone room.
Lagom is a Scandinavian term meaning not too much, nor too little. This concept is about balance and can be translated into interior design. Consider the beautiful simplicity of Picasso and Matisse’s line art or the organic shapes and harmonious colour palettes of designs by Giggenbach and Inaluxe. For more inspiration, shop the Lagom Edit to create a clean and simple aesthetic with art.
5. Perfectly imperfect
The wabi-sabi philosophy celebrates the beauty of imperfections in natural materials like wood, paper and metal. Embrace black and white photography, asymmetrical florals and textures that imitate natural materials in hand-crafted frames. Give your room a clear, balanced focal point by opting for a single print in a large size, or team a collection of prints with a display of neutral ceramics. For a touch of serenity, explore botanical designs by Jen Garrido or poetic photography by Doug Chinnery.
3. Home with a heart
To have a break and share a coffee and pastry with a friend is ingrained in everyday Swedish life. Enjoying life at a slower pace and taking time to build relationships is important and helps balance aspects of life and work. If socialising and family time is important in your home, create your own space to have a fika. Add art to your kitchen or family room with a still life or a print from our food and drink collection. Take inspiration from our Mid-Century Modern Edit, encompassing slender shapes, clean lines and vibrant colours. Don’t forget to take a fika!
The concept of hygge is all about feeling cozy and content whilst enjoying the simple things in life. Picture a drizzly Sunday afternoon wrapped up in a fluffy blanket reading a book with comfort food. It is no wonder Denmark often tops the charts for the happiest place to live!
During Scandinavia’s darker months, light is precious. Bright interiors with white surfaces that reflect the light bring much-needed contrast to the backdrop of grey skies. A white interior works as the perfect base for striking monochrome prints. Create a pared back look with cotton throws and mix the light wood tones of Scandinavian furniture with the dark wood of traditional Japanese design. See our Scandi blog for more inspiration.
6. Traditional Ukiyo-e art
In Japanese, yugen fundamentally means subtle profundity. Inspired by the power of nature and how small humanity is in comparison evokes feelings of the sublime. Japan’s geography is diverse with volcanoes and gorges to capes and caves. In traditional culture, the gods were believed to inhabit the natural landscapes and had domain over all natural phenomenon so nature is influential in everyday life.
Add an oriental flavour to your home with art work from our V&A Japan and Ukiyo-e collections depicting landscapes, flora and fauna. For more ideas, read our blog on interior influences from the Far East.