The Scandinavian design trend continues to be wildly popular as people continue to decorate their homes in the Nordic style. As such, the demand for Scandinavian furniture and home accessories have skyrocketed, and in 2020, Sweden-based furniture brand IKEA became the seventh most valuable retail brand in the world. The company is reportedly now valued at $19 billion. Moreover, the latest design trend, Japandi, which marries traditional Japanese design elements with Scandinavian ones, is predicted to create even more demand for Nordic design in 2022. While you can have a beautiful Japandi home with the right IKEA finds and some inexpensive pieces from a Japanese store such as Muji, there are ways to make this design trend more luxurious to satisfy even the most selective homeowner. Here are a few luxurious ways to infuse the Japandi interior design trend into your home.
Look for customized furniture
Instead of getting ready-made pieces, consider getting customized furniture to start your home’s Japandi makeover. Since this design scheme calls for simple furniture shapes that allows light to flow throughout the room, as well as furniture that’s low to the ground, you’ll want to have the right pieces that truly embodies this home decorating style. For furniture that perfectly fits a Japandi home, consider getting pieces from the studio of the iconic Japanese-American architect and woodworker George Nakashima. His work is the very definition of Japandi style, long before it became hip.
To this day, the late artist’s estate is still producing custom wooden furniture that can be found in celebrity homes, as well as art enthusiasts’ abodes. Before heading to the studio’s location in New Hope, Pennsylvania, you’ll need to book a design appointment for wood selection. Take note that all their pieces are priced individually based on size, quality, and the rarity of the wood selected. Once you have your piece, you can enhance the look of your furniture with a few styling tricks. For instance, if it’s a wooden chair or sofa, you can drape a sheepskin over it to make it look cozier and give it that Nordic touch.
Tread carefully when adding pops of color
The Japandi color scheme is all about using neutral colors from the typical Scandinavian palette of white and beige, combined with the darker earth tones of a traditional Japanese palette such as terra cotta, charcoal, and black. To make your interior look more cohesive, use no more than 3 to 4 colors per room. Adding pops of color here and there can actually make your room look cheap, so tread carefully if you want to inject a bit of color in your home design. Keep it to a bare minimum, such as adding throw pillows or cushions with a Japanese pattern like uroko (scales) or karakusa (winding plant). Another option is to add a large green house plant like a Monstera deliciosa or a fiddlehead fern if you really want to break up all the neutral tones in a room.
Be selective when it comes to artwork
Japandi may be all about neutral minimalism, but there’s no rule that says you can’t incorporate artwork into your home with this kind of design scheme. Choose artwork that fits with your interior, so this means paintings in neutral tones and small sculptures. Consider artwork from the likes of contemporary Nordic artists such as Karin Mamma Andersson, Mats Gustafson, or Maja Safstrom. You can also infuse more of the Japanese element into your home design with pieces from Yutaka Sone, Aya Takano, or Shinoda Toko.
The Japandi design trend is about to get bigger in the coming years. Consider these tips to transform your home into a luxurious space that evokes the quiet and serene aesthetics of Scandinavian and Japanese design.