THE LITTLE ROOM OF CALM
Be inspired by the new “zen” style that merges Scandinavian and Japanese influences, writes James Treble.
Interiors expert James Treble introduces us to Japandi – the calming combination of Scandinavian and Japanese styles.
THE CONCEPT OF CALM INTERIORS is not a new one, but with our increasingly busy lives and technology overload, a space that allows us some downtime should bring a collective sigh of relief. An emerging interior trend, the fusion of Scandinavian and Asian interior designs, has been coined “Japandi”, an obvious play on the words Japan and Scandi. And it’s not too hard to see why: these two styles, from quite different parts of the globe, have melded together to create a new interior direction in styling.
WHAT DO JAPAN AND SCANDI HAVE IN COMMON?
1 The use of natural timber.
2 A mix of light and contrasting dark elements.
3 A minimalist approach to design. 4 An earthy and natural mix of muted colours in accessories and soft furnishings.
5 The use of geometric patterns is favoured.
6 The layout of the home and the furniture pieces are practical and pared back to their basics.
HOW DO THEY CREATE CALM? LESS CLUTTER
The pared-back, almost simplistic approach in both of these styles is an important feature in creating a calm and inviting space. For a start, a lack of clutter and a feeling of space in the home helps reduce “visual noise”, allowing our eyes and minds to rest.
Clean lines, minimal use of strong colour and pattern, and furniture that reveals the floor underneath all work to create a feeling of space.
ROOM TO LIVE AND BREATHE
The elements that allow this room (pictured below) to work and feel so inviting and calm are based on the Scandinavian and Japanese influences. A hallmark of Japanese interiors is the appreciation of raw natural materials, allowing their imperfections and raw state to become an important part of the finish. In this room, the raw brickwork, beautiful timber floors and coffee table combine to create an inviting and relaxing space that nods to mother nature. The lack of clutter and minimal use of colour is also calming. The slim black frame and timber top of the open sideboard merge the two styles beautifully. The aluminium dining chairs and bar stools are “see-through”, further creating a sense of open space in the room.
A wooden deer head hints to nature, a key element to Japandi style. Natural light wood tones are calming in this space.