March 25, 2019 | Updated: December 31, 2019


Japandi style: a trip from Japan to Scandinavia

This aesthetic combines the simple shapes of eastern decor with neutral Nordic style colours.

Ceramic wood, laminate wall tiles and cement-inspired flooring make it possible to create interiors which are more cosmopolitan.

The Japandi style is state-of-the art interior design. This aesthetic trend has brought simple shapes and Japanese style balance together with the comfort and the fine materials which are used in the Scandinavian style.

With minimalism as a common bond, these two worlds combine cold colours with warm colours, natural wood with rattan or linen, and ceramic with base unit furniture. Principles which are linked to the morphological stem of the word, a kind of combination between ‘Japan’ (Japanese) and ‘di’ (from Scandinavian), which results in bright spacious interiors where materials play the leading role over decorative objects. Less is more.

Aware of this trend, along with the new formulas which are created in interior design, the companies from the PORCELANOSA Grupo use the Japandi style through the following designs:

1. Ceramic wood and natural wood

There can be no doubt that wood leads the way regarding style. Its warmth and its timelessness can be combined with the light-coloured low furniture, plants, paper lamps and the bamboo pieces.

We are dealing with elements which perfectly match the Lexington ceramic wall tile from Porcelanosa. This collection has been inspired by a walnut tree and a chestnut tree in each of its three tones: Cognac, Colonial and Maple.

Naturalness is one of the adjectives which best defines the Helvetia laminate from L’Antic Colonial. Its AC5 quality makes it more resistant, as well as more long-lasting, in unfavourable weather conditions and when being used continuously.

As well as that, it is worth mentioning the Starwood ceramic wood, whose 26 tones reproduce the different twists and turns, and the fine detail of both the maple tree and the almond tree. Its Vancouver, Namibia, Minnesota, Tanzania, Nebraska and Nairobi series are perfect for this type of interior design, since they highlight the simplicity and the natural light of the material itself.

2. Preserving the perfect imperfection

The Japandi philosophy turns natural imperfection into complete perfection. Fine materials are combined with exotic fabric, stone, wallpaper and ceramic. In the latter, we can see the Capri Lineal collection from Porcelanosa. This is a rectified single-fired wall tile in a textile finish which comes in three colours: Bone, Stone and Grey.

The Velvet series from Venis also has a textile finish, although it is inspired by the lightness of the bamboo. This material favours the neutrality of the spaces through the Anthracite and White colours.

The Worn mosaics from L’Antic Colonial give spaces a fresher style with their metallic and dull shine. Their relief brings the visual perspective of the space together, resulting in a type of room which feeds off the earth and pastel colours.

The Concrete and Krono collections from Urbatek are based on concrete and the colour variety of this material.

3. Fresh tones and hand-crafted pieces

This coming together of Japanese and Nordic styles sees the white, beige and blue tones go hand in hand with the darkest furniture. This approach allows zen bathrooms to be created where light leads the way with hardly any decor. It is in this group where one can find the bathrooms by Noken with the Essence-C Compact wall-hung sanitaryware and the countertops from the Oxo series from XTONE (Urbatek), which remain unaffected by knocks, scratches and water.

The Aro bathroom series designed by EstudiHac for Krion has that minimal Zen touch which champions the Japandi style. The Pillow Pink, Scommetto and Moai colours create interiors which are not only neat and clean but cosy as well.

Making the most of the space through solid materials and smooth colours is one of the other features of this style. A clear example of this can be seen in the 7.30 Roble negro kitchen from  Gamadecor, where the cooking hobs are located in the XTONE Liem Grey Silk worktop.

A straightforward connection between Japan and Scandinavia.

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