How to bring Scandinavian style décor into your home
5 tips on how to style your home the Scandinavian way
You are in love with the Scandinavian style of design and interior decorating? You want your home to have that Scandi-vibe, the New Nordic look and feel, but you can’t quite grasp how to get there. Well… Here’s some good news for you, aspiring Scandi – we are bringing you 5 tips on how to style your home the Scandinavian way.
#1 Open spaces with cosy nooks
One way to really give your home interior that Scandinavian style is to create big open spaces. It is becoming increasingly popular to have the kitchen and dining area or the dining and lounge area in one big room. Some even take it a step further and create an integrated living space with the kitchen, the dining area and a lounge area in one big room. Of course, not everyone is blessed with a home where this is possible, but the opportunity to create big open spaces should be explored. Don’t be afraid to tear down a wall or two to get an integrated living space with room for cooking, eating and lounging.
However, big open spaces does not cut it on its own when going for a Scandi-inspired home. Scandinavians are big on the concept of ‘hygge’ and it shows in the way they style their homes. To pave the way for hygge in the home interior your big open spaces must have little cosy nooks and corners, where you can relax and get comfortable with a book and a cup of coffee. Make room for small areas where you can settle down and escape the strees of everyday life.
#2 Light and bright colors
While we Scandinavians enjoy up to 20 hours of light during summer there’s a big amount of dark hours during winter in Scandinavian countries. This is probaby a good explanation of why many Scandinavians choose to use light and bright colors in their homes. So if you want your home to ooze of the Scandinavian style, you should keep it light and bright when picking out the colors for your walls and floor.
Same thing goes for the walls. White walls is the obvious and popular choice, but don’t shy away from mixing it up with more bright and eye-catching colors every once in awhile. For instance pick a wall or half a wall in your home and paint in bright green or blue. This will add a vibrant and lively vibe as a contrast to the plain white walls, while still maintaning a clean cut look.
For the floors go for a light wood type or tiles in light colors. Wall to wall carpets isn’t the Scandic way but use of small carpets in light colors – often with a graphical motive/pattern – does the trick.
If you are not up for painting a wall or two in bright colors, but prefer the classic white wall, consider adding some bright colors through paintings, illustrations and prints.
#3 Keep it simple
When it comes to tastefully interior decorating – and certainly Scandinavian Design – less really is more. Do not get tempted, too much decoration will kill your Scandinavian look whether it is your living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, whatever. Instead keep it clean and simple. Keep your decorative accessories to a minimum and do not use every space & opportunity to place just one more item… Devil is in the detail so instead of many mass-produced designs choose a few quality items made with care and love. Decoration tip: Leave some blank spots on your walls, shelves, tables etc. and you will see the clean look pop up. Bonus: it also makes it much easier when house-cleaning.
Scandinavian design is normally characterised by simplicity and functionality. If you are going for the Scandinavian look in your home include clever functionality in your interior decorating. Get inspired from the trend Small Living, Urban Living (has many names) and get the most out of your space without any cluster. Use multi-functional design products such as a shelf that transforms into a desk, fold-out tables and clever storage solutions such as hanging wall storage.
#5 Quality materials
Scandinavian design is known for great craftmanship and high quality materials. Mixing textures and materials is a typical Scandinavian trademark. And naturally the use of wood in particular. We use wood in our Scandinavian homes, largely due to an appreciation for readily available natural materials (more than half of Sweden consist of forests and it is even more in Finland. 11% of the Danish territory is forest). But also because wood adds warmth to the space and creates a cozy atmosphere. Wooding flooring is therefore also common in Scandinavian homes.
Quality pottery is also a famous New Nordic classics, there are so many extremely skilled and creative ceramics designers in Scandinavia. Use these in your home and be sure to stand out from the crowd.
Concrete flooring is getting more and more popular in worldwide homes and interiors these years but what Scandinavians do better than most is the ability to combine the hard and cold material with other materials, typical wood, to achieve that Nordic warmth everyone is searching for.
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