Japanese Zen really focuses on a few things. First of all, there are a lot of simple and clean furniture pieces kept quite low to the ground. Colours as well are generally simple. Colour palette tend to be little bit darker. It tends to embrace a lot of earthy tones such as rust, browns, beiges and greens etc. This use of dark colours and earth tones are meant to evoke sort of a feeling simplicity and tranquil space which is looking beautiful and comfortable. You can see a sample image for the reference which is ideally showing how Japandi style should look.
Scandinavian Style, on the other hand, is similar to Japanese Zen in terms of the simplicity. However, Scandinavian tends to use a much lighter colour palette for flooring and furniture though. Probably, that’s the biggest difference between these two styles. In Scandinavian style, what we are trying to do here is to create a space light and open.
What are the benefits of Japandi?
Benefits of this, as we can tell, is that you’re creating a beautiful, calming and serene place but at the same time it’s usually quite light and airy. Bad news is if you are someone who likes big pops of colours, *bright bright* blues, yellows and reds etc, this Japandi trend may not be a good fit for you as it tends to have much more muted colours and shades.
Also, if you are a fan of traditional ornamentations, you and Japandi may not be a good match.
How to design your in Japandi Style
Keep it simple
It means using simple furniture, rugs, curtains or anything with basic shapes since these two Japanese Zen and Scandi are more minimalist styles. We should not do anything super traditional.
Use Lots of Earthy and Neutral Colours
Wood tones are probably one of the biggest differences Japanese Zen and Scandi. Here, we can play with contrast which is quite cool about Japandi. Neutral tones will create space that’s calming and relaxing. Sometimes, what we might notice when we are dealing with big patterns or colours, it can be draining. Japandi does really well and it just makes a space that evokes that feeling of calm and comfortable. In a nutshell, at the end of the day, we are looking for muted colour choices and things that are toned down.
Before we finish, if you’d like to see our selections that can create and complete a Japandi style in your room, please have a look.
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