You’ve just bought an HDB resale flat and want to transform it into a comfortable place where you can live and relax after a hard day’s work.
One of the hottest current design ideas is the Japandi style.
The Japandi style is a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian design ideas.
Japanese design has simple clean lines with a strong accent of nature. Scandinavian design is characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.
Therefore, the Japandi style is clean, simple, uncluttered with modern functional furniture.
Use more natural colours
Using muted colours such as white, grey, and beige combined with natural tones like green and brown to create a zen-like ambience that is both relaxing and calming.
For those who would like strong hues, you can use contrasting colours such as black and white to break the monotony.
Black and white kitchens are timeless and it goes well with wooden furnishings.
For bedrooms, to ensure relaxation comfort, use plenty of white, light grey and other neutral hues with wood strips to create a cosy and homely feel.
Decluttered space & keep things simple
To make the Japandi design work, it is essential to keep out the clutter.
The basic idea of this design is to have a calm feel and a clean look.
For those working from home or on a hybrid work arrangement, the clean look and airy feel will definitely enhance your workspace.
Remember more is not always better and for Japandi design, less is definitely more!
With the neutral tones and functional furniture, you can always add a few pieces of handcrafted accessories, such as ceramic tableware, unique vases and lamps that showcase your personality and style.
Include natural materials
When discussing the plans with the designer, be sure to incorporate the use of natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rattan, ceramics and natural stones etc.
Walls decorated with strips of wood would definitely have a warm and cosy feel.
A table made of oak, for example, can be a statement piece in the middle of your dining/living room. For window curtains, you can use natural materials such as hemp or linen to complete the look.
Embrace indoor greenery
Apart from using natural materials, you can also introduce indoor plants for a touch of nature.
Indoor plants not only make the room livelier, but they can also improve the air quality, which will be helpful as most of us are working from home.
Indoor plants such as snake plants and aloe vera are pleasing to the eye and easy to maintain.
The aloe vera plant also has many health benefits. The leaves contain a clear liquid that is full of vitamins and antioxidants and will come in handy when treating cuts and minor wounds.
Just bear in mind to keep to the minimalist theme and not turn your living room into a mini jungle.
Ceramics and crafts
Lastly, have a few pieces of handcrafted ceramics and crafts for a rustic look.
Pick a couple of handmade vases for the indoor plants since indoor plants require little watering and you can choose from materials such as terracotta. Terracotta containers have neutral and warm tones that will make any plant look good.
For decorative purposes, you can display a range of handmade ceramic bowls, which may not be perfectly finished but add a rustic charm.
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