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Scandi has become a regular term in our interiors repertoire, but there’s a new, slightly different version of the trend emerging in 2017. It’s called ‘Japandi’ and if you didn’t already guess from it’s name, it’s a fusion of Japanese interior design and the Scandi style we already know and love.

Justine Wilson of Vault Interiors gives further insight into what we can expect from our new friend Japandi…

What exactly is Japandi?

Japandi is an emerging interior trend defined by its simplistic feel, elegant details and fusion sensibility. It borrows the ideas of traditional Japanese design but also crosses over with the rustic casual look of Scandi. The overall tone of Japandi is more electric than traditional Japanese interiors – but it still embraces statement furniture in dark tones such as charcoal, black or dark oak stained tones.

What’s the difference between Japandi and Scandi?

Scandi is a style that is typically defined by very light oak furniture, pretty pastel accents tones, plush fur throws, very light linen upholstery and simple clean design lines. With Japandi, the furniture is darker in wood tone and the overall style is more layered in tone, texture and contrast.  

Japandi takes the dark tones [inspired by traditional Japanese interiors] and pairs it with the light oak tones found in the Scandi. Often one Japandi furniture piece will have both black and oak incorporated in the design piece, or it may be a pairing of different furniture pieces in different coloured timbers together, eg. an oak retro-look Scandi table with all-black wood dining chairs.

Both the Scandi and Japandi looks embrace craftsman ship, earthy textures and a slightly eclectic retro furniture look. Japandi however has a less casual feeling than the Scandi movement – I define it as a more top end style, realised by an overall monochromic palate with soft pastel accents.

Japandi has a casual and slightly retro look to the lines of the furniture (think Parker and Eames design but in a lighter whitewash oak timber). And the styling includes minimal accessories and furniture placement as not to overcrowd a space or interrupt the key design lines.

The accent colours for Japandi are also borrowed from the current Scandi trend, such as soft pinks, soft blues and greys – however there are subtle differences like the introduction of mint and emerald green and deeper navy tones.

Both Japandi and Scandi share the same overall design principles – which are essentially clean lines, textured linens, earthy handmade accessories and furniture with a slight retro vibe, however Japandi is more about dramatic contrast. So instead of a very muted clean and soft palate, (which signifies the Scandi trend) expect darker elements to be integrated and thus define the new look.

How could one incorporate the Japandi style into their home?

If you love to adapt your interiors with changing trends and seasons, Japandi is an easy way to take the Scandi base you may already have, and introduce a few key items in dark oak to create your own fusion look.

Try introducing some contrast with black-framed prints, darker scatter cushions and hand made ceramics as table centerpieces. Add pops of mint and consider staining some existing key furniture items a darker tone like your dining or coffee table.

Is there room for both Scandi and Japandi to stay?

Like any trend designers and homeowners will find ways to adapt and put a personal spin on look.

The Scandinavian trend flooded the market, which made it hard for stylists and designers to create something new and fresh – when it was so accessible and everywhere on mass. Japandi is a clever use of the same Scandi principals, but the style has slight adaptations in texture of fabric, color of wood and a subtle shift in accent colours.

This just means that Japandi will give designers more scope to play. Elements of the Scandi look will remain popular, but Japandi allows more choice with wood finishes and fabric, meaning the output will feel more varied and unique.

Want more? This home nails a Scandi-minimalist style: