Interior Design

Micro trend: Japandi

With a trend that almost needs no introduction, Japandi is taking the interior design world by storm.

A mash-up of elegant Japanese minimalism and rustic Scandinavian simplicity, Japandi is a hybrid trend bringing together the best bits of two much-loved styles.

Your home is your sanctuary and you take a less-is-more approach with uncluttered spaces, clean lines and a calm, subdued colour palette. At the same time, you want your home to feel relaxed and comfortable, lived-in and homely, so finding a balance between minimal and cosy is key.

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This pared-back look will work in any setting. Choosing quality over quantity will give small rooms space to breathe, but the contrasting light and dark tones, busy patterns and statement pieces work just as well in larger rooms and open-plan spaces.

1. EASTERN EXOTIC

Deep, saturated shades, rich textures and ages patinas conjure up the casual comfort of sultry climes where success lies in simplicity. Playing with scale gives a room a strong individual look, as shown here by a pair of oversized woven shades and a large wooden bowl.

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2. FURNITURE MIX

Bring in elements of both styles for a balanced effect, with soft, Scandi curves set against clean lines and structured Japanese pieces.Contrasting textures are a great way to introduce a sense of depth to a scheme. Here, a subtle raffia wallcovering throws the smooth curves of the bath into eye-catching relief.

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Counter rich colours and plush textures with sleek lines and structured shapes for a scheme that celebrates the best of both. A beautifully considered mix of traditional and contemporary lies at the heart of this laid-back scheme, in which large, open-weave lampshades create impact, while a wood table and mismatched chairs provide balance.

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4. MUTED COLOURS

Keep to soft, calming tones of pale blue, green, light grey and pink with accents of richer shades, such as teal, indigo, rust, emerald and black.Delicate neutrals are a great foil for natural weaves. Adding colourful accents will prevent the overall look from appearing washed out.

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(Image credit: Damian Russell)

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5. NATURAL ELEMENTS

Both Japanese and Scandinavian styles have a connection with nature so work in touches of greenery, from plants and blossom to Bonsai or bamboo.

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6. COOL AND CALM

To ensure patterns work comfortably together, choose designs from a similar tonal palette and complement with plain walls and upholstery. Adding sculptural pieces of furniture and lighting brings an additional layer of interest to the scheme without overpowering it.

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7. DREAM WEAVES

Made using traditional techniques, the sawn and woven timber of this handcrafted cupboard provides a further note of interest to displayed objects.

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(Image credit: Damian Russell)

8. CONTRAST TONES

Mix pale, blonde Scandi woods with Japanese-style black and dark wood accents to bring depth. Uncomplicated contours and a calming aesthetic are at the core of this collection of wabi-sabi-style ceramics and uncomplicated furniture.

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