Mid-century modern taps into that retro nostalgia and has reigned as one of the most popular home décor styles for many moons now. But if you've become an involuntary homebody like many have these past few months, you may be craving a bit of a switch-up to refresh your home's mid-century modern theme. Here's the good news! The best thing about mid-century modern interior design is that it plays well with other styles. Here's one you may not have thought of – Japandi.
Welcome mid-japandi. A hybrid of kindred styles, like Japandi. As its name is a merger of Japanese and Scandinavian, Japandi manifests by capitalising on the minimalism principle of both countries and blends the warmth of Japanese design with the neutral, simple scandi design, bringing a sort of warm minimalism. Mid-Japandi does not stray far from this concept. Just as Japandi adds warmth to Scandinavian design, mid-century modern adds colour, texture, and variety to Japandi. Ideal for the person that wants their home to feel like a stylish haven. Mid-Japandi keeps things sleek, spacious, and natural without sacrificing personality. A minimalism base with a touch of eclectic for just enough energy in your tranquil space.
Here we will share some different ways you can invite mid-japandi into your home.
The Colours of Mid-Japandi
Japandi and mid-century modern both favour warm, earthy tones and a neutral background with a pop of colour. This makes it easy to select a colour palette that is equally true to both styles. To increase the warmth and comfy feelings of your home try:
· Green and tan shades with apricot or honey yellow accents
· Sage green, white and light woods like oak or birch, with shades of dandelion or muted red accents
If you gravitate towards a more neutral background, try:
· Grey, mushroom, and mahogany shades with muted red accents
· White, grey and brown tones with burnt orange accents
Styling a Mid-Japandi Living Room
Mid-Japandi is a lover of nature and all the natural materials it offers. Thus, a rattan or cane armchair will be an ideal addition to your mid-japandi living room. To maximise on Asian flair, bamboo is also an earth-conscious and striking alternative. A bamboo side table, such as this, provides a dual service of weaving sustainability into your living room as well as acting as a clutter magnet. As side tables do, it offers you a designated surface to throw down those miscellaneous items you want out of your hair as you step through your door.
Mixing textures is a key feature of the mid-japandi style. It’s as easy as attaining cushions of various materials and tossing them on your sofa, creating some contrast that draws the eye in. You can use two widely distinct textures like leather and wool around your living room, in the form of cushions and poufs, to keep things interesting. It’s important to incorporate repeating textures in different furnishings, a nod to a design principle called rhythm, which is essential when combining interior design styles.
A Pinch of Mid-Japandi in your Kitchen
To avoid renovating from scratch, focus your sights on the small furnishings and accents in your kitchen that you can highlight as mid-japandi decor. This could mean choosing dinnerware and cookware in earthy tones or natural materials. For tea lovers it could be a tea set or simply a matcha bowl sitting on display. Matcha bowls, particularly traditional ones, tend to be in earthy tones, rustic-looking and are textured. That’s three mid-japandi features in one little bowl! The handmade appearance of these bowls gives them a nature-like ambiance. They radiate ‘derived from the earth’. Thus, adding a matcha bowl to your kitchen is just as good as placing a plant in it.
With mid-Japandi you may notice a trend of bringing pillars of the outside world into your interior space. The grounding nature of terracotta with its coarse, porous clay makes it an ideal candidate. It is often used to make various furnishings including plates and serving ware. There’s no better way to connect to the great outdoors than incorporating clay into your home.
For additional touches of natural materials use wooden cutting boards and serving trays. Mid-Japandi loves all natural materials but is particularly fond of wood. Hence, sprinkling wooden accents throughout your home is essential.
How To Create A Mid-Japandi Bedroom
Humbled and centred with peace of mind. This is an understated description of the mood a rice paper floor lamp will elicit. By being low to the earth it humbles you and by providing soft lighting it calms you. Perfect for bedroom lighting, it is low to the earth, it humbles you and provides soft lighting that comforts you. Aside from its mood benefits it also satisfies the furniture height aspect of mid-japandi, which can feel contradictory.
Since Japandi favours low furniture but mid-century modern favours elevated furniture the suggestion is to bring furniture that would typically be in a high place down to the ground. The rice paper floor lamp does exactly this, bringing soft lighting to a more grounded level.
Seeing as mid-japandi aims to create a warm and relaxing environment, of course you should add a carpet to your bedroom! A carpet or rug will certainly up the cosy factor. Use this opportunity to bring mid-japandi’s textural affair into your bedroom by choosing a patterned or high pile rug. You may even opt for a carpet that has both a striking texture and pattern, such as the rough geometric carpet above.
This carpet adds texture to the room in two different ways, with a tonal shift and through touch. In this case you can lean into Japandi’s mellow colour palette or opt for mid-century modern jewel tones to add a bit more flavour. This geometric rug is mid-japandi to a tee, in keeping with earthy tones of brown, a hint of blue and bold lines that add structure.
Decorating A Mid-Japandi Home Office
The colour green inspires feelings of peace, abundance and calm, which makes the office an ideal place for green companions. Nature tends to focus us and put our bustling minds at ease, a quality necessary for productivity. This should be a consideration for your entire home so that you can remain grounded no matter what room you are in. But don’t stop at plants, place organic shaped furniture in your home office, like a wooden arched floor lamp beside your desk for concentrated, stylish lighting.
Anxiety, stress, and lack of concentration tend to riddle us when we need to be free of it the most. If your workstation is disorganised this is sure to be your reality. With furniture that is both functional and stylish, like this wooden tray top table, issues like these are easily resolved. Embracing mid-japandi’s decluttering principle, these tables will give purpose and a designated home to those books you keep to one side of your desk.
Mid-Japandi marries the warm, playful charm of mid-century modern interiors with the pleasing minimalism of Japandi homes.