The Scandinavian style looks simple and uncluttered, but there is more to achieving this look than simplifying your furnishings and decluttering your home. Bringing in light and natural materials is important, as well as using bright colours and geometric designs to add interest to key pieces in each room. Here are some ideas to help you bring Scandinavia into your home.
Home of Melbourne interior designer Carole Whiting
Scandinavians contend with long, dark winters, so it is of utmost importance that they have as much natural light in their homes as possible. One of the ways they enhance the natural light in their home is to avoid window treatments. Large, clean windows let in the most natural light possible. Sheer fabrics are sometimes added to the windows for privacy, but most Scandinavians prefer their windows completely unobstructed.
Another way the Scandinavians escape the darkness of their environment is by painting the walls white. Not only are white walls clean and simple, but they also reflect more light than any other colour. Additionally, white walls help small spaces seem larger. Mirrors are sometimes added to the walls to reflect additional light and help the room appear even more spacious.
Scandi boathouse by Pipkorn Kilpatrick
Use Bright Colors to Add Style and Fun
Although most Scandinavian rooms are dominated by neutral colours, they are not afraid to bring in bright colours in small doses. A colourful area rug adds a fun touch to a room. You can also bring colour in by adding throw pillows to your bed in the bedroom. Vases and wall art are more ways to bring colour into the room without making it seem overdone. It’s best to choose a couple of pieces that you love, as Scandinavians cherish openness and try to avoid having too many accessories in their homes.
Geometric shapes are commonly used to decorate Scandinavian homes. These may be featured in wall art, fabrics or lighting. Geometric vases are especially popular in Scandinavian interior design right now. Be sure to choose colours that work well together and make sure that the prints you use aren’t too large for the room you are decorating.
Home of Nat Wheeler, the Founder of norsu interiors
Choose Simple, Functional Furniture
Getting rid of visual clutter is very important if you’re going for a Scandinavian look. The furniture generally has clean lines with very little carvings, ruffles or ornamentation. It’s important to note that although Scandinavian furniture is simple, it is not cold or uncomfortable. Organic shapes with curves are perfect because they allow the energy of the home to flow freely.
It’s important to note that Scandinavians rarely have pieces of furniture in their homes that don’t serve a specific purpose. Their homes tend to be small, and they spend a great deal of time in them during the cold winter months. Any furniture that is not useful should be replaced with pieces that serve at least one purpose, and preferably more than one.
Nord House by Orchard Keepers
Bring in Natural Elements
Nature is one of the most important elements in the style of Scandinavia. Their culture is very connected to the environment, and this connection is reflected in their homes. Wood flooring is a very common way to use natural elements to enhance the decor of any room. Another way to bring in nature is by placing plants and greenery in every room of your home. Exposed beams, fireplaces and wooden furniture are other ways that natural elements can be brought into your home.
Scandinavian design favours light, natural materials and high-quality craftsmanship. Their designs are simple without being harsh or cold. The best way to emulate this style in your home is to remove all of the furnishings from each room and start adding elements back in until you have achieved the look you have dreamed of.
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