THE LIT­TLE ROOM OF CALM

Be in­spired by the new “zen” style that merges Scan­di­na­vian and Ja­panese in­flu­ences, writes James Tre­ble.

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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.

SPACE-CRE­AT­ING STYLE

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.

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