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One of the most popular design trends of 2021 is Japandi: an interior design aesthetic that blends Japanese and Scandinavian approaches. The fusion style was introduced in 2016 but rose to the forefront of home décor trends in recent years, with Google searches peaking in September 2021.

‘A Quiet Reflection’ by Ariake

To understand Japandi, we must first look at the two cultures the style draws inspiration from. Japanese design is earthy and uncluttered, incorporating natural materials, a neutral colour palette to create a look grounded in minimalist sophistication. Similarly, Scandinavian design is a minimalist style that utilizes clean, simple lines, soft hues, and natural textures. Functionality and beauty come together a create a peaceful space that embraces a feeling of hygge. It should be no surprise that this is an aesthetic that resonances with Intracorp’s design direction.

The interiors at Aalto Townhomes in Coquitlam, BC, incorporates Scandinavian design elements to create a cozy space that is less clutter and more quality.

Japandi style is all about creating a calm and serene oasis. Considering the chaos the world has experienced this past year, it makes sense that the Japandi movement gained momentum. In times of uncertainty, our homes become our sanctuary. In 2021, people have looked to create a sense of calm in their homes so that they have a relaxing space to return home to.


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