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A subtle blend of Japanese delicacy and Scandinavian ingenuity, Japandi is the modern, soothing style you don’t want to miss. At the heart of this design trend? Minimalism and sophistication. So if you like functional and warm interiors, this Nordic-Japanese movement is definitely for you. Between the choice of colours, materials and decoration, your interiors will evolve into a calming, functional and chic space.

A combination of minimalism and subtlety for a Japandi look

Japandi design
Japandi design

Born from the mixing of the words “Japanese” and “Scandinavian”, Japandi is also the visual reflection of this. Pure and sober, this design trend brings an elegant and functional touch to your interiors. In addition to the subtle harmony of colours, furniture and materials, this hybrid style also brings well-being and harmony to your daily life. 100% winning then! If minimalism is at the heart of this decorative movement, the comfort and quality of the materials are not to be neglected. Ah, cocooning when you like it! With a few key design principles and tips in your pocket, this trend will soon be your new favourite.

A Nordic-Japanese movement with rich colours 

Deeper colours mixed with lighter neutrals
Deeper colours mixed with lighter neutrals

A real invitation to relax, the colour palette ranges from neutral, pastel tones to darker shades. While white, black and grey are characteristic of the Scandinavian style, Japandi goes further by opting for neutral but deep colours. Taupe, green, dark grey and mauve are particularly popular. However, the result, sober and refined, will be no less bright. It is the harmony with the materials and objects that create the magic with a light yet calming glow. 

In Japandi, quality is more important than quantity! 

After the preparations, it’s time to personalise and to sort out the essentials. The culture of minimalism enjoys a refined interior as a reflection of clarity of mind. This makes objects which are beautiful decorative accessories and those with sentimental value stand out all the more. Focus on creating an uncluttered but functional space! In the Nordic-Japanese movement, utility takes precedence over the purely decorative. To create a harmonious home, you should also choose soft, clear lines rather than complex shapes, as these can make your rooms look heavy and untidy. 

Natural materials at the heart of Japandi design

Natural materials are key to the Japandi look
Natural materials are key to the Japandi look

Natural materials are very much in vogue. Oak, beech or pine – wood is the star. Often dark and raw, it gives depth and character to a room. With its artisanal and sometimes rustic touch, it enhances your living spaces. In parallel, stone and metal are also popular, the latter for its minimalist aspect. For a lighter touch, opt for cork or paper. Vegetable fibres fit in very well with this trend. Wooden floors, stone bathtubs and marble basins fit perfectly into open rooms that let in light. The key to a successful design? Think “Wabi-sabi”, of course! In other words, a beauty that can also be seen in the imperfections and patina of time. Simplicity and authenticity transport you into the world of spirituality and contemplation. 

From furniture to decoration, this decorative style focuses on the essentials

Essential furniture comprising a variety of natural materials
Essential furniture comprising a variety of natural materials

Beyond its usefulness, Japandi furniture also promotes well-being and spirituality, which are important in Japanese culture. Several types of furniture can coexist perfectly, such as a futon in the bedroom, a designer coffee table in the living room and a chest of drawers in the hall. The important thing is to keep the balance between minimalism and refinement. Beautiful lighting completes this very special atmosphere, where lamps fulfil their decorative and useful role perfectly. They can be made from natural materials such as paper or bamboo, or from metallic materials which are darker in colour. Ceramic or wooden tableware also leaves a lasting impression. Finally, adding a few candles and teapots will make your interior even warmer. 

A modern and soothing look: Home sweet home

Japandi is not just a decorative style but a state of mind and a way of life. It emphasises nature and authenticity, for a return to the essentials. Both indoors and outdoors, extend your Zen garden with a few plants, herbs or branches to recall the alliance of the raw and the delicate. Everything goes in the same direction to offer yourself well-being and peace of mind on a daily basis. And creating a soothing and functional interior is not a bad idea, is it?

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Shelfies have become increasingly popular recently, and you can have them in the kitchen, holding your stylish coffee sets, in the bedroom, or even as a perfume display. Shelves are both useful and versatile, and have evolved to such an extent that, combining functionality and design, they have become key pieces in the decoration of any room. We have put together some top shelfie styling tips so your shelves are both organised and Instagrammable.

Shelfie styling tips

1. Keep a visual order

Boxes are practical to tidy things away on the shelfie
Boxes are practical to tidy things away on the shelfie

We all have decorative objects in our homes that we like looking at and showing off, but we also need space to store them and put away the more practical and less beautiful things. For this we can use boxes or baskets, which are both practical and stylish, and place them on different shelves alongside the rest of the decorative objects. This can help us hide routers, cables or remote controls, easily and effectively. It is a very useful solution, and others won’t even realise where you’ve hidden these unsightly gadgets.

2. Open shelves to visually expand the space

Do you remember those old mammoth furniture pieces that covered the whole wall from one end to the other and visually engulfed the whole living room? Today, we can simply put shelves from wall to wall. This gives us the same storage space and capacity, and at the same time, it doesn’t visually overwhelm the space. Your living room will look twice as big. 

3. Don’t fill your shelfie with things

Leave a distance between your shelves
Leave a distance between your shelves

We always start placing objects on the shelves and almost inadvertently, never stop adding more. To be brutally honest, in this case as in many others, the saying is true: less is more. Use your shelves to stylishly stack objects in different sections, always leaving a good distance between them, in order to have enough space in-between and avoid visual saturation. This also allows you to draw attention to that beautiful wallpaper in the background, and make it part of the room’s decoration.

4. Use bookshelves as space dividers

You don’t have to live in an open plan loft to do this. If your front door is in the living room, you can place a shelf right next to it. It will function as a space divider, providing privacy and at the same time, helping you keep everything you need when you leave the house or come back in at hand: keys, bags, slippers. Use trays, boxes, baskets or stacks of books both to decorate and to partially or fully cover the gaps in each shelf, to provide you with the privacy you need.

5. Choose the ideal decorative objects for your home

Your shelfie should reflect your personality & style
Your shelfie should reflect your personality & style

When thinking about what to put on your shelves and make it the focus of attention, remember that it should reflect your personality as well as fit into your home’s decorative style. If you love nature, put pots with real plants on the shelves. And if your home is, for example, decorated Nordic style, you cannot fail to include natural fibres, objects with simple lines and a chromatic palette in neutral or soft tones.

6. Apply these infallible decoration rules

Group the objects into 3 on your shelf
Group the objects into 3 on your shelf

If you hesitate when it comes to grouping objects together, use this useful and age-old architecture and painting trick: make it an odd number, ideally 3. Group the objects according to their visual weight, placing the largest ones in different sections of each shelf, always seeking visual harmony within the whole piece. This will help you effectively distribute the volume along the shelves, and prevents them from looking heavy or overburdened. Choose a colour range in line with the room where the shelves are, and introduce small doses of colour with different objects. Turn around some of them for a creative touch. For example, you can choose to stack some books horizontally with the cover facing out and at the top, place a decorative object.

7. Indulge your creative side and make your own shelfie

DIY your own shelfie with some wooden planks and rope
DIY your own shelfie with some wooden planks and rope

Pinterest and Instagram are full of DIY ideas to help create your own shelves, and can be a great source of inspiration. Did you know that just with a few simple wooden planks and ropes, or even with fruit boxes, you can make very original shelves? All you have to do is give them a coat of colour (or leave the wood intact) and hang them to create a fun and cheerful design. You can use them for your urban vegetable garden in the kitchen, or to place your favourite cups. Not only will they be cheaper, but also, having made them with your own two hands, you will want to proudly show them off.

Did you enjoy this article on shelfie styling tips? Why not read our article on small space design ideas on a budget or our room divider buying guide!

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Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late summer trends around the home and garden.

Late summer Trend 1: Natural Materials

Late summer trend: natural materials
Late summer trend: natural materials

The warm tones and tactile feel of natural materials mean that many of us are incorporating this key trend into our homes this season. The popularity of woven cane, natural wood and bamboo reflect our need to bring nature into our homes, creating rooms that feel connected to the outside world. Natural products such as jute and wool are a key part of this look, adding softness and multiple cosy layers to our spaces. With a strong lean towards sustainable living, incorporating these warm and tactile textures into your home creates a calm and relaxed environment in which to live and work.

Top Tip: The key element of this trend is the flexibility – you can mix the materials and layer up the textiles to create the perfect space.

Late summer Trend 2: Biophilia

Biophilic design brings nature inside
Biophilic design brings nature inside

The colour green reflects springtime, freshness and hope so it’s no surprise that biophilic design has become a key part of our interiors over the past few years. Described as ‘the passionate love of life and all that is around’, it symbolises our yearning to incorporate nature into our spaces by bringing the outside into our homes. Tones of green sit beautifully alongside natural materials and having plants around us is good for both our health and our wellbeing. Nature is reflected on both fabrics and wallcoverings, including papers and paint, in colours ranging from deep olive through to warm sage.  

Top Tip: Plant shelving is excellent for displaying your collection of greenery but you can also add to the look with accessories such as books or ornaments. 

Late summer Trend 3: Sustainable Living

There are many effortless ways to adapt your homes sustainability
There are many effortless ways to adapt your homes sustainability

With the protection of the environment at the forefront, we have all been trying to reduce our impact on the planet and reduce our carbon footprint. Home grown produce and self sufficiency is becoming more and more popular, from growing your own vegetables through to keeping chickens. Moving towards a more sustainable way of living is key for all and the garden is a good place to start, with greenhouses rising in popularity as even the most amateur gardeners give it a try. Propagating houseplants or adding solar lighting to our outdoor spaces makes the most of resources that we already have whilst benefiting the environment. 

Top Tip: Growing herbs is a great place to start for a novice gardener – use miniature chalk labels to keep track of what you’ve got.

Late summer Trend 4: Outdoor Space

Thoughtfully-designed outdoor space remains a key late summer trend
Thoughtfully-designed outdoor space remains a key late summer trend

Throughout the summer, spending time outdoors in the fresh air is important to us. Whether we have a balcony, patio or garden, creating outdoor rooms that are functional whilst still being comfortable is top of the list. Relaxed seating which can be added to with mixed textiles give a layered look to the space and rugs anchor the area. Outdoor kitchens, including pizza ovens and BBQs, create a fun and social space, whilst a bar trolley is an obligatory party item for those warm summer nights with family and friends.  Lanterns and candles promote a welcoming ambience.

Top Tip: Make your outdoor kitchen a sociable space by making it the focus of your entertaining and living area.

Late summer Trend 5: Outdoor Cinema

Enjoy the long summer nights with an outdoor cinema
Enjoy the long summer nights with an outdoor cinema

Socialising at home is the new going out and many of us have been making the most of the space that we have.  An outdoor cinema set up is easy to pull together and is the perfect night in for family and friends. Varied seating means there is always space for extra guests and cushions and throws keep it cosy when the nights are chilly. Firepits are a quick fix for added warmth and also anchor the space whilst adding to the ambience. It’s important to get the lighting right too – festoon lighting is flexible and can be hung pretty much anywhere.  

Top Tip: Invest in extra seating that you can stack and store away when not in use or even better, that you can use inside as well.

Late summer trends article written by Lisa Dawson

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY.

Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late autumn/winter 2021 trends around the home and garden.

Autumn/Winter Trend 1: Country Style

Country style  autumn winter trend
Country decor with warm tones & traditional pattern

As the nights draw in and we head inside, our homes need to be comfortable and welcoming. Country decor is the perfect autumnal style, with traditional pattern, warm tones and natural materials leading the way. Cushions and throws in large checks are perfect for a cosy night in and lighting the log burner sets the mood. Recycled and reused is a key part of this look so go for worn vintage style rugs and lots of natural woods and aged materials such as concrete and washed rattan. Add potted cactus and succulents in textured tonal pots for that true country style.

Top Tip: Don’t be scared to mix your patterns – checks work brilliantly with florals and rugs can be layered.

Autumn/Winter Trend 2: Earthy Tones

Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend

As our passion for nature starts to move into our homes, so too is the trend for warm, earthy tones in our décor. A cool, calming look, it’s perfect combined with warm neutrals and natural materials and is perfect for promoting a relaxing ambience with a restricted tonal palette. Plaster pink seating in textured jumbo cord work beautifully alongside deep pile rugs and earthy patterns, whilst accessories in contrasting textures such as soft weaves and natural stone bring layers to the space. Woven cane is timeless and perfect for this trend – team with large scale plants for a minimal and stylish aesthetic.  

Top Tip: The key to this trend is to keep it simple and chic without too much going on – large scale art works well. 

Autumn/Winter Trend 3: Christmas – Décor

Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas
Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas

Natural, warm tones are key to this years Christmas décor. The trend for bringing the outside in is reflected in our interior choices and this has resulted in more muted, earthy colours that fit with this ethos. Silver and white decorations with textured surfaces can be mixed perfectly on the tree and hanging glass tealights add glow and warmth. Garlands in soft browns and natural materials such as wood are perfect for adorning our homes and strings of star lights create a feature. Add a retro edge with disco ball baubles which will make your room sparkle in the winter light. 

Top Tip: Combine greenery from your garden with faux to maximise this look.

Autumn/Winter Trend 4: Christmas – Outdoor Space

Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights
Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights

Over the last year, we have learned to make the most of our homes and this has given our outdoor areas a new lease of life. Creating a cosy Christmas space will bring an extra element to the festive season and lighting is the first place to start, with warm white garland lighting adding a welcoming touch. Natural materials are key to this look with wood, faux fur and plenty of seasonal greenery creating a room in which to celebrate. An outdoor stove will be a focal point for the arrangement whilst keeping you warm when the nights are cold.  

Top Tip: Making the logs a display in themselves adds to the cosy, Christmas ambience.

Autumn/Winter Trend 5: New Year Entertaining

Velvet will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Mix sumptuous velvet chairs with gold, marble and brass for NYE glitz

Party time calls for ALL the glitz and adding the wow factor to your room is essential when you’re planning on New Year entertaining. A brass drinks trolley sits perfectly alongside gold and marble accessories and luxe materials such as velvet chairs, pouffes and deep patterned cushions will add texture and make the evening feel extra special. Large, cosy Berber rugs are a flexible addition and Moroccan silver lantern lights add to the mixed metallics.  A stand alone outdoor bar with stools is the ultimate in New Year entertaining and can be used year round for sociable evenings with friends.  

Top Tip: Adding Moroccan touches to this scheme breaks up the room and adds interest. 

Autumn/Winter 2021 trends article written by Lisa Dawson.

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY. 

Annually, Pantone sparks design inspiration and creativity across the world with the announcement of their Color of the Year. This universal language of colour is used globally, setting trends and bringing fresh ideas.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021
Pantone Color of the Year 2021

The Pantone Color of the Year 2021 is a combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, reflecting a message of strength and hopefulness. Following a rocky 2020, the marriage of these two colours aims to inspire hope and stability.

Interiors inspiration by ManoMano
(C) You X Ventures

To help turn this design inspiration into a reality, we have put together our top 14 Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey picks so you can bring this uplifting combination to life in your own home!

Living Room Design Inspiration

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room

1. 2-seat sofa, £261.99 – 2. Marble coffee table, £89.99 – 3. Grey beanbag, £69.99 – 4. Jute rug, £45.99 – 5. Yellow ottoman, £28.99 6. Yellow Chesterfield armchair, £219.99 – 7. Grey cabinet, £135.99

Pantone design inspiration by ManoMano
(C) Isaac Martin

Pantone Bedroom Inspiration

Using the Pantone Color of the Year 2021 hues, you can get creative by playing around new design ideas. Grey and yellow work well together for a variety of interior styles, including accessories for your bedroom.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom

Sideboard chest with wicker drawers, £139.99 – 2. Yellow rocking chair, £149.99 – 3. Gold side table, £129.99 – 4. Grey wood bed frame, £289.99 – 5. Knot cushion, £55.00 – 6. Bedside table, £89.00 7. Yellow footstool, £114.99 

Want to take your inspiration to the next level and give your walls a refresh? For your next weekend project, take a look at out our article on 5 projects to transform your home in one (brush)stroke.

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