The Japandi trend

Moretti Blog   •   February, 2020

Japandi style Family room in Kensington Moretti Interior Design

There’s no doubt about it – Japandi is one of the key interior design trends for 2020. As the name suggests, it’s a delicate fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian (or Nordic) design elements. In fact, the Japandi style brings together the best of both worlds: think simplicity, organisation and minimalism. But what’s clever about Japandi is that it blends together two complementary design styles, while balancing the excesses of each. So, Japanese interiors may be sleek and elegant, but they can appear clinical. However, the Scandinavian concept of “hygge” (comfort and cosiness) helps to compensate for this with a natural, pared-back aesthetic. Follow our luxury London interior designer Cinzia Moretti’s expert advice on what this trend means for the future of design.

The Japandi colour palette

Perhaps for fans of fuchsia and statement neon shades, you might want to look away now. After all, Japandi colour schemes feature neutral, muted tones: think beige, taupe, oatmeal and stone. So, I suggest you avoid anything too white or bright and nothing should jar, grate or dominate. In fact, the idea is to create a calming, harmonious atmosphere in a similar way to Biophilic design. Therefore, you can introduce warmth where needed via different materials. For me, pale coloured woods and natural fibre rugs always work well in a luxury London home.

So, Japandi colour schemes don’t have to be bland or boring. As a result, one way to avoid this is to introduce a contrasting colour. Therefore, why not opt for soft Scandi shades of pale pink, blue, green or grey? Or add some richness with a darker accent colour, such as black or charcoal grey. In fact, you often see these deeper tones in Japanese interiors, and they are a clever way to add interest to minimalistic décor.