You may have heard of it before, it’s the trend that never goes out of fashion, but what exactly does Scandinavian style refer to? Emerging in the early 20th century, this style marked the rejection of all forms that had preceded it and a radical move towards simpler, lighter, and less ostentatious decor. With long, cold winters, families were seeking to bring light and warmth into their homes and to combine the luxury appeal of the affluent with the basic practicality of the masses. Placing the focus on simple and uncluttered spaces, with a minimalist palette and an airy, yet cozy feel, Scandinavian style has become particularly popular with the emergence of Swedish retailer, Ikea. Incorporate the clean lines, muted colours and natural materials of this style into your home and check out our easy and affordable tips below…
1. Pale wood floors
Hardwood floors in lighter shades are one of the key features of this style. If you’re looking to update your existing timber flooring without breaking the bank, it could be worth opting for the DIY process of sanding down your floors and re-oiling them with a white floor oil. There’s plenty of online how-to’s available, but be prepared, because it can be a lengthy task! White-washing is an alternative for that are less patient and allows you to adjust the colour to your exact specifications. Simply mix water with a paint concentration of your choosing – the more water you add, the more the underlying wood will show through!
2. All-white walls
A similarly universal feature of this enduring trend is timeless white walls. Not only do white walls readily exude the general minimalist appeal of this style, but they also easily lend themselves to open wall shelving or prints which make a room pop! This staple look also brightens and opens up a room by encouraging as much natural light as possible and creating the illusion of space.
3. A neutral palette
The key to incorporating this style is to opt for one or two statement colours and keep the remainder monochromatic. Think white, beige, light grey and pale pastels, especially icy blues and dusty pinks. Invest in a plump sofa or lounge in a deep grey and accentuate with a light throw in a simple stripe or ikat pattern. Create contrast with brighter colour cushions and prints.
4. Play with textiles
Contrasting fabrics and textures exude the effortless and cozy appeal of Scandinavian style. Play around with rougher linens and softer faux fur options and source a thick, plush rug, such as an ivory Marrakesh shag or Moroccan trellis, to create a truly homely vibe.
5. Natural lighting
Given the long, harsh winters Nordic countries endure, light is especially important when it comes to this style. Consider simple, yet unique pendants and light shades rather than spotlights. Opt for designs which incorporate paler wood or glass elements and steer clear of anything too heavy or detailed. Cluster candles throughout the room to diffuse light and source a tripod or industrial style floor lamp in a neutral colour for a luxe cozy feel.
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