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Japandi style: create a Zen living space at home

Enjoy your time indoors and embrace peace and harmony

It’s fair to say that the 9 to 5 grind has taken an unusual turn recently with millions of people now working full-time from home.

Routines may have changed dramatically but the demands of the working life continue with new “issues” such as keeping the kids entertained while juggling a full schedule of online video meetings.

As more time is now spent at home, our personal space has become more important than ever. Homes are not just for living in - it’s also a place for work, school and relaxation.

That’s why it’s vital to have an area where you can escape and wind down after a long day or week at the “office”.

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Less is more: Japandi-style Zen living spaces

The creation of a Zen living space is essential to enjoying time indoors and to continue being productive at work. 

This has seen the rise of Japandi - a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian interior design styles - in creating clean, calm and harmonious indoor spaces. 

According to smart furniture and interior design online platform Pepper Sq, each detail of Japandi style is filled with Zen philosophy and the look is minimal, functional, warm and calming; with touches of Wabi-Sabi enthused imperfection. 

“Less is more” is the key concept of Japandi style with a major focus on simple shapes, light colours, and natural elements such as wood and plants.

Pepper Sq's Hagen Desk

How to create your own sanctuary

Pepper Sq has introduced a furniture range aimed to inspire the creation of a balanced space to bring calmness, joy and happiness to your home. 

The collection combines lights, rugs and natural wooden furniture - spiced up with contrasting darker tones. 

“Creating Japandic style, we have to focus on the natural materials as a key feature,” the design team at Pepper Sq explain.

“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.

“Another Japandic trend is the usage of sustainable materials, such as bamboo. Bamboo furnishings are lightweight, durable, compact in size and allow to create unique elegant shapes.”

Pepper Sq Japandi style zen living space

Get the Japandi style

Sculptured wooden lamps can be used as a room divider or screen for bedrooms. Jute and Sisal rug collections are a perfect addition to complete the look. This will not overload the eye but make the space light and warm.

The Fraser Desk produced from sustainable bamboo is designed for confined spaces and transforms even small areas into both elegant and functional workplaces. 

In combination with a beautifully crafted Copen Folding chair, it will pair perfectly to create a comfortable and harmonious working area.

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