Five Ways to Get The Scandi Look

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Five Ways to Get The Scandi Look

Five Ways to Get The Scandi Look

Every time a Scandinavian styled interior image pops into my Pinterest feed I feel instantly calm. The pared-back style embraces clean lines but very rarely looks clinical thanks to all the pale woods, organic materials and muted tones.

With the change in season taking place I think there are some key design tips we can take from this simple style. During the winter the sun goes down early across the Scandinavian countries so certain elements of the style are well suited to our shorter days too. Sorry lovelies but the long nights really are heading our way.

- Now you don’t see a lot of curtains in Sweden or many drapes in Denmark. While I’m not going to be taking my curtains down any time soon I do try to let in as much daylight in as possible in my own house so here’s my tip. Hang your curtain rail as high and as wide as possible so the the unclosed curtains hang over the wall not the window. This way you don’t block any light and the windows appear larger. I also have very thin blinds at all my windows to let the light in and nosy neighbours out!

- Add mirrors opposite windows to bounce around the light and think about using subtle reflective surfaces such as wooden floors.

Five Ways to Get The Scandi Look

- Don’t wait until nightfall, add candlelight at any time of the day to create a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Also candlelight isn’t just for indoors. Add a storm lantern to your front step or dot around the garden for an extra touch.

- Bare bulb lighting is common in Scandinavian homes. I find it too stark for my own little home so I combine it with diffused lighting through neutral coloured lamp shades.

Wooden floors, walls and furniture are a big characteristic of scandinavian design. The nordic nations frequently use natural materials and traditional craftsmanship in their furniture which makes a connection with nature and the outdoors. Rustic wooden tones ooze elegance and make a cosy and inviting room. Add a wooden stool or bench for a small rustic element or go the whole hog and panel the walls or floors.

The Scandinavian aesthetic maximise light so whitewashing walls is common to make the most of the limited daylight. White is modern, fresh and clean and contributes to the calm and peaceful nature synonymous with this style.

Adding accents of black to create a monochrome palette are a stereotypical of the scandi style. You don’t have to limit yourself though. Throw in pastels to add charm and colour.

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