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Style Files – Japandi Style

One of the most exciting parts of building your new home is selecting your design & style. For some people this comes really easy & others it can be a little more difficult. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, we have a team of experts here to guide you through the process.

While Scandinavian (Scandi) design continues to be a popular, aligning seamlessly with our relaxing Queensland lifestyle, beautiful landscapes & our strong connection to our natural surroundings & nature. Add a twist on the Scandi by blending the Japanese & ‘wabi-sabi’ (which is the Japanese principle of finding beauty in the imperfections of life & an ancient design philosophy that embraces transitory nature) and you have Japandi, a design style where elegance meets minimalism & the concept ‘less is more’ is encouraged.

Images: Design Inspiration via Plyroom

Plyroom describe Japandi perfectly in their November 2017 blog post ‘Japandi – A Philosophical Revelation’ as “Less of trend and more of a pragmatic synthesis between Japanese sensibility and Scandinavian utilitarianism, Japandi is, in essence, a way of life. By welcoming Japanese philosophies like wabi-sabi (the acceptance of transience and imperfection) as well as Scandinavian efficiency, Japandi principals can be applied to our own pursuit of mindful consumption and small footprint living.”

The dark tones in statement furniture & styling details found in the Japandi style, such as charcoal, black or stained dark oak are not common in Scandinavian interior design & drawn from the Japanese influence. These dark tones blend seamlessly with the distinguishable Scandi clean lines, flawless craftsmanship & the use of natural materials such a oak, leather and hemp, with it’s shared simplicity, minimalism & functionality.

Images: Design Inspiration via Stephanie Powell

What we admire about the Japandi style here at PJ Burns Builder, is the cleaver use of the Scandi principles, with slight Japanese adaptations in the accent colours, the texture of fabric & the contrast of timbers. Both styles philosophy embrace the simple & clean living, minimal way of living, which is something that inspires us to create homes with warmth, sustainable living & spaces encouraging creative individuality #amirite?

No matter your design style, we’d love to hear from you & help bring your dreams to life. Contact us about our range of stunning home designs, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual style, or talk to us about how we can custom design your dream home and help you choose the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e:



Making The Most Of Vertical Space At Home

Designs for narrow lot homes don’t have to mean space issues. In fact, with the right amount of creativity and clever thinking, you can make your vertical space a stunning and very functional asset. A properly designed narrow-lot house plan “lives” just like any other quality home and offers you more lot options once you make the most of your vertical space. Take our tips below, and you’ll never consider narrow lot homes as limiting again!

Embrace Natural Light

Making a small space seem more expansive means maximising the amount of light coming in the space. Integrate extra windows into your home design for lots of natural light, as this will make your home look larger and feel more open despite its narrow plan. Cleverly placed mirrors and glass create reflections and bounce light around, so hang mirrors at each end of a room in the upper third of the wall to reflect light throughout the whole area. You can tuck mirrors into corners of rooms and hang art in glass frames to create more reflections, and also try using a glass coffee table instead of a bulkier wooden one.

Reduce Dead Space

Spaces such as hallways and beneath staircases are often just areas of dead space. Try using bookcases to fill these areas, freeing up space in bedrooms or living areas for other functional furniture. Try connecting your bookcases together to create a full wall that not only displays all of your favourite literature as decorations, but stores them neatly as well. Extending your bookcase from the floor to the ceiling and over doorways can also give the illusion of more space as it draws the eye upwards.

Multitasking Furnishings

Get clever with sleeping arrangements, particularly in a child’s small bedroom. Keep the top bunk bed of a set of bunk beds for sleeping and convert the bottom bunk into an open space that can be used as a computer workstation, wardrobe or storage area. Bunk beds take advantage of the available vertical space with stylish flair and functionality.

Clutter Free Space

Small or narrow homes can easily feel cluttered, so it’s important to keep things as simple as possible. A soft, light coloured theme running throughout a small or narrow house allows the focus to remain on the sweeping views outside the living room windows, and can make the space feel larger than what is contained within the walls. The absence of rugs and small trinkets on tables can keep the “fussiness” to a minimum, and having only a few selected light framed artworks on the walls can also keep the space from feeling closed and cramped. If you like to keep trinkets and photo frames out, open shelving uses the notion of hiding things in plain sight to transform common objects into decorative collection, without the bulk of cabinets – just remember to keep it stark and minimalistic to avoid the feeling of clutter.

Ask An Expert

As an award winning residential and commercial builder, the friendly team at PJ Burns Builder can offer you direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block, regardless of how narrow and it may be. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

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