8 ways to incorporate Scandinavian style into your home
Although you will find a wide range of styles in the Nordic countries (whether its the traditional Gustavian design or scaled back mid-century), one thing remains the same. When we think of Scandinavian style it immediately brings to mind simplicity, muted tones and a relaxed atmosphere. We compiled our favourite tips to help you incorporate a touch of nordic style into your own living space.
Possibly my favourite piece of advice on this list is to SIMPLIFY! There is nothing that makes me feel more weighed down than clutter. Making sure spaces are well used and limited in unnecessary clutter will instantly make your home feel lighter. When its comes to Scandinavian style, storage is wisely implemented in the form of cabinets and shelving. Decor is intentional with a “less is more” approach. Take some time to go through your items and remove what you don’t need. Only introduce items to your space that you truly love. It will help keep your space looking clean and relaxing.
Lighting is key
Whether its through beautiful pendants, table lamps or floor lamps, lighting is a necessity in Scandinavian style. Natural lighting is also very important to the home. In order to invite as much light in as possible, Scandinavian spaces tend to leave their windows bare of any coverings. If needed, light fabrics like linen and sheer are preferred. And don't forget to add candles to bring a touch of whimsy and glow to your space!
Form & Function
Clean lines and liveable space are two important elements to focus on. Sofas, tables, and chairs embrace mid century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues. Scandinavian design also prides itself on beautiful but also functional spaces. This may come in the form of a beautifully designed wall unit with practical storage.
When it comes to design, emphasis is placed on inviting light in and expanding the space. Wall to wall carpeting is not a thing. Flooring traditionally is hard-wood, often left in it’s natural colour or painted white. Walls are normally white allowing key focal points (such as a wall gallery or well-crafted furniture piece) to really stand out.
Embrace the outdoors
Scandinavians have a great appreciation for the outdoors. Some homes have an indoor / outdoor dedicated space (love that!) and you will normally find a balcony or terrace in even the smallest of apartments. Nature is also reflected in much of their design choices. Wood is abundant adding a coziness that compliments and warms the white walls and light floors.
When it comes to colour we love the serene and calming colour palette found in Scandinavian homes. Think muted whites, greys, blacks and browns. Cool greys and blue textiles or even pop colours such as dusty pinks and rich sea greens are normally added as accents.
Play with Texture
In cold climate countries, it’s not surprising that part of the decor comes in the form of warming textiles like sheep skins, wool or mohair throws and soft cotton. There is also a popular trend of bringing in metallic finishes in lighting and accent pieces. Copper and brass pendants and sconces are a way of adding shine to a room. And of course, wood is used in abundance, whether being incorporated into walls or even ceilings to add texture and warmth.
Mix it up
Scandinavian homes often have a mixture of high and low end items. Don't be afraid to mix functional items with well-crafted timeless pieces that you will be with you for years to come.
I hope these tips will help to bring some of that Scandinavian beauty, simplicity and warmth into your home. When it comes to decorating the most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun with it!
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