Recently in one of my *FAVOURITE* magazine ever, Ideal Home, there has been a huge amount of chat around this upcoming design called ‘Scandinavian Style’ Interiors. This is such a gorgeous way of updating what could be quite a dilapidated and boringly textured home. So I thought, since I read this magazine religiously, my top tips from understanding this style further in the past few months.
Floors are possibly the most under thought about element of any room, as they can transform a room to make it appear bigger, lighter, darker – anything! However in Scandi style, you don’t need to over-think it. Floors are always wooden, and preferably quite a light shade, in ever room except the bathrooms. Think dove greys and creams – simple.
White walls and cool grey and blue textiles definitely gives off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior. Don’t over complicate matters when it comes to colour. Try adding fun and textures in the accessories, like the spotted and stripes pillows in the picture above.
Wood, and don’t be afraid to show it. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.
There are such incredible pieces from several manufacturers. From the mid-century period designers like Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen stand out and their pieces are just as beautiful today as they were when they were conceived. Blending colour between furniture and walls is a great way to let your stand alone pieces in the room stand out against your colour schemes within a Scandinavian style.
The Scandinavians are well known for being eco-friendly. The Swedes have been very quick to add eco-friendly aspects to their houses. Triple-glazing, proper insulation for walls and roofs, ground source heat pumps … all these are fairly standard in Swedish new builds – so if you are going for true Scandi style – they should be a standard feature in your home too!
So – to keep true to Scandi style;
- Minimalism – declutter, accessorise well, but through few stand out pieces!
- Simple colour – no brights, neons or pastels. Scandi’s love their neutrals!
- Environment – let the planet enjoy your home as much as you do!