Scandinavian styled interiors, although popularised in northern Europe years ago and with years of design heritage behind it, is a decorating trend becoming increasingly popular through out Europe and North America in 2018.
The ‘Scandi’ look is based largely around clean, sculptural lines, soft textures and an overall neutral colour pallette with touches of bold colour. The vibe is minimal and relaxed. Below are 5 simple ways to achieve this popular look. Colour Pallette
The colour palette is predominantly white, cream or pale neutrals to enhance the natural woods of the furniture and help create the calm peaceful atmosphere synonymous with Nordic design. The warmth of wood flooring is softened and accented by a feature
area rug and layering of textures and materials is essential to the cosy feeling of the room. Scatter throw pillows made of linens or cotton along with textured woolen or sheepskin blankets on the sofa to enhance natural elements. The boldness of colour doesn’t have to be limited to your accessories however, to shake things up, reserve the wood to your flooring and add splashes of colour with bold furniture choices.Artwork
Bold pieces of art bring light and colour into an otherwise neutral design. A wall of bright, quirky and unique art is an easy way to personalise a white space. Black frames can also help to boost the clean, contemporary design. Gallery walls are especially popular in Scandinavian design and can be a fun and inspiring way to add your own personality into the room. Furniture
Furniture with simple rounded lines is the hallmark of the Scandinavian aesthetic. Wood features heavily in both furnishing and flooring and wooden furniture is often mid-century modern in style or a nice mix of materials for that cosy, live in feel. Furniture accented by glass, brass, ceramic, stone or metal will elevate your Scandi décor to the next level. The Scandi look aims to celebrate the best of retro and vintage classics mixed with modern contemporary elements to tie the two styles together seamlessly. Look for items that are handmade or unique in some way to go that
extra mile in your design scheme.
Scandi design is a celebration of nature with an emphasis on greenery and in essence, is all about natural cosy living without the sometimes cold elements of contemporary design aesthetics. Choose exotic plants like yukkas, cacti or palms to add vibrancy and life into
your space. Add pops of colour and variance in texture with unique pots. Accessories/Finishing Touches
Good light is essential to a clean design. Adding mirrors opposite windows will allow light to bounce around the room and make the space feel brighter and lighter. Candlelight at any time of the day creates a peaceful, calming environment and makes any room feel instantly cosier. Visit charity or vintage shops to find unique lanterns or clear vases you can use as candle holders. The light will reflect against the glass to illuminate your space.