Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophical concept that shows the beauty of the fleeting, changeable, and imperfect nature of the world around us. We used to think that beauty means perfection, ideality, integrity. However, Japanese wisdom teaches us to take a fresh look at flawed, incomplete things. And they are the place, where the real beauty, which we are constantly seeking for, is often hidden.
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The interest in Japanese culture is getting more and more popular because of its simplicity, free-space and elegance. Today we want to explore how it’s integrated into our western life.
In fact, a clash of western and eastern design movements creates a new interior style called Japandi. It carries the features of both cultures which help to make a clean, calm and harmonious living space.
Despite the fact, that Japan seems so far away, it has in common values with Scandinavia. Both nations prefer natural materials, functional simplicity, neutral and warm colours and balanced lightning.
Creating Japandi style, we have to focus on the natural materials as a key feature. Walls, doors, screen grids and frames are all made of natural wood.
In order to maintain the light and colour balance, it’s recommended to use light woods such as beech, ash, pine, and light oak. These woods help to make not only hygge vibe (Scandinavian designation of cosiness and feeling of contentment), but also will be a material, which will keep your home warm during cold winters.
Warmth and comfort will be complemented also by adding to the interior such natural fabrics, as cotton and wool, which could be used as curtains, blankets or decorative pillows.
Japanese style is featured by minimalism and elegant emptiness. It doesn’t overload eye with too many pieces of decoration or furniture, focusing only on a couple of details. In fact, the Japanese used to have only one accent in the living space interior.
It can be something that will set a certain atmosphere for the home and please the eye. In every Japanese home you can find tokonoma - an alcove where inhabitants place the most valuable and beautiful decorations they have. In fact, minimalistic design frees from unnecessary excess and fills your home with sophistication, peace and purity.
As an example, you can create a natural accent without adding any extra pieces. Use colours! You can make a harmonious contrast of Japanese light colours with the Scandinavian neutral dark tones.
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Beauty is not about gold, shining and bulky decorations. It’s about harmony, Zen and natura.
Natural light is another Japandic key element. Large, extensive windows are the perfect way to make light balance at your home. The combination of natural outside light with Japandic colours (the browns of wooden elements, the greens of plants, flooring wooden or grey etc.) will harmonise palette and refresh your living space.
In fact, the prioritised colours are natural wooden and different shades of green. Green is associated with zen and meditation. This colour has a beneficial eye-effect: it brings calm and a sense of peace.
The Japanese are famous for their respect for the roots and continuity of generations. That is why even now traditional Japanese furniture is at the peak of popularity. It’s featured by lowness to the ground (comes from tea ceremonies) and simple designs.
A low plank table with floor cushions is particularly beloved by westerns. It spices up living space and adds needed authenticity.
In Japandi colour palettes, typically, pale woods and naturally pale grey and beige shades with earthy greens are borrowed from Japanese aesthetics.
Both Scandinavian and Japanese styles pay homage to nature. Bring elements of nature indoors by adding a substantial amount of plants into your interior (if you are indeed a green thumb). Opt out for leafy green plants instead of vased flowers.
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Simple shapes, light colours, space full of light, natural elements such as wood and traditional plants create the very atmosphere which has been treasured for centuries.