The Japandi design style utilizes durable, long-lasting, natural materials. While the Japandi style has clean lines and minimalist design, Japandi isn’t about perfection – rather, it celebrates naturally aging materials and all of their imperfections.
Japandi is a blend of form, function, clean design and inclusion of natural elements. Pieces can be new, but using reclaimed and handmade pieces will really show off your Japandi style.
What are Japandi Materials?
Wood is a perfect use for special object shelving. Wood's color variations make for a natural Japandi accent.
There are two main types of wood - hard woods and soft woods. Hard woods come from broad leaved trees which produce flowers and seeds creating fruits and nuts. Soft woods come from cone bearing trees. Both hard woods and soft woods can be used for furniture. Examples of hard woods include Oak, Beech, Mahogany. Examples of soft woods are Pine, Redwood and Fir.
Benefits of using wood in your Japandi room are plenty.
- Varied and unique
- Wood is living and imperfect
- Wood has a story to tell
- Provides layers of natural, neutral colors
A great piece of wood furniture is the Essential Oak Sideboard which features a solid Oak base.
Essential Oak Sideboard / $1849
Natural stone is not only durable, but also celebrates imperfection and brings texture to a space.
Natural stone is defined as organic rock that is quarried from the earth to be used for building or decorative purposes. Natural stone was formed thousands of years ago and being natural, it inherits uniqueness with no two pieces being entirely alike. Types of natural stone include Granite, Marble and Onyx, Sandstone, Slate, Serpentine, Soapstone and Limestone to name a few.
Japandi uses natural stone for its many benefits.
- Durable and strong
- Used indoor and outdoor
- Natural and imperfect design in the stone
Check out this stunning Carrara Marble Top Coffee Table made with a natural stone top.
Carrara Marble Top & Gold Base Coffee Table / $2299
Metal with a Living Finish (Patina)
Patina adds color accent to any space. Used as artwork or an accent to a table top, patina brings color to Japandi environments.
On metal, patina is a coating of chemical compounds formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements. Metal oxidizes when exposed to air, which is a chemical process. Patina becomes part of the metal itself and can not be easily controlled, it is meant to be appreciated as it evolves over time.
Bring patina metals into your Japandi room.
- Subject to effects of wind, water and air
- Finish changes over time
- Examples are unsealed copper, nickel, bronze
Japandi loves nature. Inclusion of living plants and greenery is an elemental part of Japandi.
Bringing nature inside with greenery - potted or hanging - is a must for any Japandi room. The benefits of adding plants to your Japandi room include a long list. A few highlights include - plants create oxygen, reduce stress, improve your mood, reduce fatigue and improve focus.
Ideas for adding plants to your Japandi room:
- Consider both potted and/or hanging plants
- Imposing plants without blossoms
- Plants as a focal piece
The perfect Japandi accents - ceramics. Used for decor, dishware, vases, storage containers, serving trays and more.
Ceramics are any hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant material which are shaped and then fired at a high temperature. Ceramics are important in Japandi as they are made of natural materials, meant to age and provide function - whether as decorative pieces, kitchen accessories or smart storage.
- Unique statement pieces
- Made of natural ingredients
- Formed with clay, hardened with fire
Hemp is a carbon negative raw material, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, which along with the feel, make this a Japandi fabric favorite.
As Japandi embraces nature, Japandi seeks out eco-friendly fabrics in textiles, apparel and for your home. An important question to consider is how do the fabrics I use impact the environment? The discussion of sustainability and fabric is a lengthy one - but here are a few summary points to provide a better understanding.
The most sustainable fabrics include: Organic or Recycled Cotton, Organic Hemp, Organic Linen, Tencel and Recycled Polyester. At Japandi Supply House we seek out eco-friendly fabrics for your daily Japandi living.
Eco-Friendly Fabrics typically include:
- Fabrics with no chemicals, no pesticides
- Sustainable materials
- Verified by certifications & standards
Un-Dyed Organic Cotton Blanket / $149
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