Many countries have already embraced the Scandinavian style, we are now bringing it to the UK. But what is the Scandinavian style and why do we love it so much?
The Scandinavian interior is characterised by minimalism, simplicity, and functionality. Belonging to the school of modernism. Using lots of natural materials and plenty of white.
WHITE, WHITE, WHITE
Scandinavian interiors are painted in lots of white, combined with other light colours like pastel and light greys. The winters are very long with little light, so this will keep the space as bright as possible.
If you love the Scandinavian colour scheme, make sure you don’t use them all at the same time, just pick one or two of them with lots of white.
W O O D
The Scandinavians lóóóve to use wood throughout the house. Not just on the floor, but in picture frames, furniture, stairs, walls, anywhere they can really. In keeping with the light colour scheme, they use light woods like: light oak, birch, ash and pine.
Wood can be used anywhere, be inspired!
A decluttered space is very important to most Scandinavian peeps. Minimalistic, simple and practical. Their houses used to be very small, so there wasn’t much of an option way back then… The tradition keeps on going though, even if you live in a big house, you won’t find a cluttered home.
Creating the ultimate clean line is definitely coming from the Scandi’s. Simple shapes, lines and solid ornaments are their style.
F L O O R S & R U G S
In the North they aren’t about wall to wall carpets, this is a no go in Scandinavian style homes. Wooden flooring is likely used throughout the house. Simple, often large, rugs are used to soften up the rooms. As well in colour as pattern the Scandinavian style rugs are often simple. Chunky rugs are in greys, creams and whites, with perhaps a black stripe.
Rugs are perfect for sectioning off an area in your house, especially if you have an open plan ground floor. In my opinion: the bigger, the better.
Placing a rug can be tricky; make sure you put the feet of your furniture on the rug, so it doesn’t ‘float’ in the room and keep it a bit from the walls, so you can see the floor underneath.
T E X T I L E S
To give warmth to a Scandinavian style home, you can count on the most cozy, stylish, chunky knit blankets. Besides their amazing look, in the cold northern countries they will be very needed for a bit of extra warmth.
Cushions come in many variations, cotton, wool, silk, velvet and a great way to add a bit of colour and pattern.
A R T
Artwork on Scandinavian walls are most likely placed in a black or light wooden frame. Line drawings and Geometric abstracts are hot. Don’t be afraid of a bare wall, this is totally acceptable. The space needs to stay clutter free and kept to a minimum in Scandinavian design.
B E D R O O M S
Like the rest of the house, Scandinavian bedrooms are likely to have white walls. Curtains are simple, like a blind or sheer curtains in a light colour. Cotton and linen on the bed, with a nice knottend blanket or plan coloured bedspread at the end of the bed. Floorboards and wooden furniture is a must as well.
C O N T A C T
Are you looking for a Scandinavian interior?
Please contact Interior Motifs for a room Makeover Design. We can design to your budget and help you plan and decorate the space.