This is one of the cleanest, crispest interiors we’ve ever come across and it’s amazing to see Japandi grow as a style. But what is Japandi Style?
With clean lines, minimalist functional furniture, natural materials and combinations of contrasting colors you can be sure it is a style for the many, rather than the few.
You’re about to see a home that will undoubtedly inspire you to create a similar style for yourself.
Rooms Solutions helps people complete their first home decor project and we’ve teamed up with Roz today in the form of a Q&A to help you develop a minimalist that works.
It’s very easy when you’re new to decorating to produce simple designs that lack warmth, so, if there’s one thing you should take away from this Home Tour, it’s the welcoming and dynamic atmosphere…
Location: Leeds, UK
Style: Modern Minimalist + Japandi
What is modern minimalist?
To me, modern minimalism is a focus on simple, uncluttered, light-filled spaces.
I like to define areas using functional pieces of furniture and light tonal neutral palettes mixed with a few black accents.
Also, I think a strategic use of texture helps to create some matt/gloss tension that can make very minimal spaces feel more alive.
How have you mixed Japanese and Scandinavian to create a Japandi home?
There are actually a lot of similarities between Japanese & Scandinavian interior styles that help to create Japandi; both have a real focus on form & function.
I love the restraint of Japanese styling with touches of wabi-sabi, mixed with the light & neutral softness of Scandinavian interiors.
We’ve tried to choose pieces that are unfussy but beautiful, and most importantly serve a purpose.
We also try to live by the ‘less but better’ ethos.
Do you plan your designs or do they come naturally?
I work as a graphic designer, so my mind works in a very visual way.
I Pinterest everything, and then I like to mock up spaces in Photoshop before we buy things so I can make sure all the colours, textures & sizes work together.
I don’t plan entire spaces at once but I am constantly saving images, categorising things and visualising things together, and the inside of my head feels like one big mood board usually.
How did you make such a cozy minimalist home?
For us, it was important that every space in our home was completely practical for us.
For example, in our living space we gave ourselves a brief.
We wanted it to be inviting, beautiful and light, we wanted to use the architecture to its full potential, and we wanted to encourage conversation.
This helped us to make decisions on furniture and placement.
We chose an L-shape sofa so that we could lie down and look up at the skylight. We chose to fill our triple height void space with a large tree that reached up to the light to highlight the scale of that architectural feature.
We chose not to have a television downstairs to ensure the furniture wasn’t all facing a wall, and to create a culture of conversation when using that space.
We wanted to be comfortable, so we chose lounge chairs that were essentially just two huge cushions.
We also have a passion for furniture making that we discovered during lockdown, so we’ve also made a lot of things ourselves which has meant we can create things exactly the way we want them without the high price tag!
What advice would you give to those who are still trying to find their own style?
I find that when you give yourself parameters it is a lot easier to create something that works for you.
I think that for me, the more imagery I look at the clearer my style becomes in my mind, so I use Instagram and Pinterest as tools to help with that.
I also like to spend time in a space and think about what I want to use it for before designing it, even if it’s outside of the box!
We have lots of plans for a couple of rooms upstairs that are a little more unconventional and playful – so I’m excited to start working on that early next year.
Roz’s home is one of our favorites.
We’re sure you’ll agree!
Rooms Solutions want to say a big thank you to Roz for chatting to us, it’s been a great article.
It was especially interesting and important to note that Roz wanted to create spaces where friends could come and there would be free-flowing chat.
Sometimes it’s forgotten that the rooms you style are, ultimately, intended to people to use and to have a safe, fun time in.
They’re not just to be picture-perfect (although that certainly helps).
Roz has managed to capture both aspects perfectly.
If you would like to see more of Roz’s home then you can see many more image on her home’s Instagram profile!