Although Scandinavian design has been popular within interiors for many seasons now – Scandinavian interior inspiration, for example, is one of the most searched for terms on Pinterest – it’s only within the last year or so, we’ve seen a much more tactile, warm approach to decorating in this style.
And it doesn’t stop at styling your home. Buzzwords such as Hygge (a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment) and Lagom (widely translated as "in moderation") show us how it’s much more of a way of living, creating a balanced lifestyle instead of just slapping white paint on the walls.
So today we wanted to show you how to get the Nordic interiors look within your own home, and hopefully inspire you along the way to become balanced, calmer and content.
Pinks & Peaches
Although Millennial Pink has served its time, duskier rose tinted shades, along with sorbet peach, are both colours suited to warmer Scandinavian interiors. A clever idea to make your room appear larger is to paint half of the wall, as seen here in this Scandi styled bedroom. It not only creates an optical illusion of higher ceilings but is also a great way of testing out a colour you’re unsure of without investing completely.
The key to updating Nordic inspired interiors for the new season is to add a raft of natural textures and tactile fabrics. It’s about creating somewhere cosy to retreat and feel relaxed, so think sheepskin rugs, lambswool throws and Mongolian fur cushions. Natural textures, meanwhile, are about bringing the outside in so consider jute, driftwood, rattan and bamboo – all of which work perfectly as warmer accents to the pinks and peaches mentioned above.
We know a thing or two about stylish yet practical storage, and this six-drawer chest from our Milano collection combines both perfectly. The light wood is perfect for creating a Nordic inspired space, while the Chevron wood adds a tactile finish to the drawers, showcasing the grain of the wood. Another standout piece of the Milano collection, although not necessarily storage but certainly Scandinavian in design, is the dining bench. A great space-saving alternative to dining chairs, this can be pushed under the table, and then with a sheepskin rug thrown over when you have a full house.
Black and White Wall Art
With colour coming from soft muted sorbet shades on the wall, monochrome artwork creates a stylish contrast. From black and white photography to illustration and bold typography prints, the key is to mix the style of artwork, but tie it together cohesively with black frames and a monochrome. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if you’re looking for how to layout your gallery wall.
So, there you have four simple ways of integrating a more Nordic influences into your home. Are you a fan of Scandinavian inspired interiors?