This week we’re taking a look at ‘Japandi’ – one of the most popular home interior design trends this year. We’ve seen this trend appear more and more over the last 12 months, so we’ve decided to explain how this Japanese-Scandinavian aesthetic came to be and how you can integrate it into your own spaces.

To put it in simple terms, Japandi is the blend of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese minimalism. Both styles have a focus on simplicity, beauty and clean lines which help create a space that is open, fresh and rejuvenating. Many designers are calling this trend a hybrid of east and west, using the best qualities of each to create a chic, balanced and serene space.

Art and nature are celebrated in Japandi schemes and made to be focal points of the room. De-cluttering the space is huge must, before carefully selecting furniture, minimalist ornaments and features such as artwork, prints and plants. One thing that strikes us about this beautiful trend is how neutral it is – allowing you to personalise it with your own colour schemes or additions that will make the design fit snugly into your existing home.

We’ve showcased the Scandi design phenomena ‘Hygge’ many times. Hygge is a concept and a way of living that prioritises feeling cosy, relaxed and pure. A commonality in both design styles is the use of white, grey and black palettes complimented by natural materials like timber and stone. There is a strong appreciate for craftsmanship and beautiful bespoke items of furniture.

We love the sharp lines in Japanese furniture that are contrasted beautifully with soft throws and faux-fur rugs found in Scandi interiors. Matt black paintwork features a lot in many Japandi design schemes – just make sure your space is light and open… or well lit!

We’ve gathered some of our favourite Japandi-style design schemes to get you inspired.