Scandinavian interior design has long been known for its functionality and its simple beauty. If you fancy injecting a little Scandi style into your home, here are some top tips and tricks to help you get it just right.
Bring the outside in
Scandi interiors often take inspiration from the outdoors, making the most of natural light, rustic materials and fresh flowers and plants. To get the ‘look’ in your own home, ensure window coverings are kept to a minimum to allow plenty of sunlight into the room. Display fresh flowers and plants in simple pots and choose wooden furniture, flooring, accessories – or all three!
Keep it simple
Scandinavian style is synonymous with clean, simple lines. Enjoy a clutter-free space by choosing just a handful of accessories and a few pieces of modern furniture that complement each other. And up to 80% of Scandinavian homes use underfloor heating – with good reason. Aside from guaranteeing an ambient temperature throughout each room, underfloor heating removes the need for radiators, freeing up walls to offer complete design freedom and further enhance style opportunities.
Make it monochrome
When it comes to choosing colours, the famous Scandi style opts for high-contrast shades such as black, white and grey. Many Scandinavians design with these classic, muted tones as blank canvasses and then accessorise with pops of colour and prints – but remember to use sparingly.
Mix textures and finishes
A mix of textures helps neutral interiors to feel warm. Scandinavian-inspired looks often mix a variety of rustic, natural textures such as wood and cotton, with luxurious modern finishes like chrome or copper to achieve a feeling of warmth with a cutting-edge design.
Light it up
Take inspiration from the Scandi approach to lighting and mix modern, industrial-style light fittings with the soft glow of candlelight, to create a space with real atmosphere.
Think about flooring
Scandinavian homes are largely carpet-free zones, with sleek wooden floors being the staple – emulate their style by using light coloured floorboards in large living spaces. Wooden floors needn’t preclude you from underfloor heating as water based systems work efficiently with a variety of different floor finishes, not just tile as is commonly believed. And stylish floors which are comfortably warm under-foot are perfect for when it feels like a Scandinavian winter outside!
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