Scandinavian design has been slowly creeping into every corner of our homes, first it was storage solutions from Ikea and now more recently we are bringing the Scandi style into our living rooms and bedrooms, so why are we so drawn towards this trend?
Furniture from this nation has a quiet, understated aesthetic, perhaps as a result of the cultural mind set? Their flair is for affordable, functional furniture made from natural materials and using traditional craftsmanship. It is all about bringing calm, pure and simple functionality into the home. How do we go about creating this look? I’ve taken the liberty of providing some tips on how to achieve this style:
Furniture should be simple, elegant and light. Look out for streamlined, painted wooden furniture to help reflect light back into the room. Sleek soft fabrics, tactile cushions and attractive one off pieces but avoid additional decorative features.
Light, white and bright have been the key colours up until now. However, stronger injections of colour are becoming more and more popular, such as yellow, black, grey and a shot of turquoise. If you are feeling brave, you could hang a feature geometric wallpaper, Use these colours in hints, a lightshade, a a picture frame, rather than painting an entire room in a bold colour.
Scandinavians live many months in darkness, so sunlight and fresh air are naturally embraced. Think large floor to ceiling windows, allowing the light to fill the room. For indoor lighting using different light sources of varying heights but remember to stick to simple designs.
Natural, light wooden floors work best indoors. This helps bounce the light around the room, but also adds texture to the surface. Do not be afraid to compliment this floor with chunky knitted rugs for added warmth.
Traditionally Scandinavians use light, soft and textural fabrics for the home. Windows can be dressed in soft natural linens. Small motif fabrics and gingham patterns used on cushions will create an authentic look.
A great way to decorate your wall is to add simple natural images in lovely rustic wooden frames. Look at green ferns and leaves, majestic reindeer heads and the blue and green tones of the fjords.
Mirrors should be everywhere; they reflect the light and produce lovely sparkles and texture. Bring the outside in, by placing lovely green plants around the home, not only with this connect with the outside, but it helps to soften edges and provide a calming effect to the surroundings.
Finally, take the time to enjoy your new uber-calm surroundings by inviting friends around to relax with comforting food, good coffee (or a warming glass of red) and great conversation in true Scandi style…