Interior trends come and go, but every so often, a style comes along and makes such an impact that you know it will be around for the long haul. The most recent example of this is the highly desirable Scandinavian design.
If you have no knowledge of Scandi interiors, or you've long been wondering how to incorporate the style into your home, we've got you covered. We'll cover the concept and principles of Scandi design and serve up our top tips and essentials to implement into your spaces to make it look like you've been an expert all along.
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What is Scandinavian design?
Scandinavian style and hygge design have been around since the 1950s, but have recently become one of the front-running interior design trends, with no signs of it slowing down.
When thinking of Scandi design, minimal, simple, and functional should spring to mind, with a muted colour palette and the use of earthy and natural materials such as wood, hemp and leather, for example.
The styles close connection to nature brings an air of zen and calm to the home, and while it is relatively easy to achieve, its focus on quality craftsmanship and simplistic elegance will have the wow factor in your space.
Scandinavian style expands far beyond its founding father countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and it is now a desired interior style in all corners of the globe.
Tips for Creating a Scandinavian Bedroom
Now that you understand what a Scandinavian design encompasses, let's take a look at how you can transform your bedroom into a calming oasis that wouldn't look out of place in a home in the Nordic region.
Light Wooden Flooring
Don't expect to be laying a wool pile carpet or rich walnut wood flooring if you want your room to emanate Scandi style. Think stripped-back maple, pine or whitewashed wood. If you already have darker flooring in your bedroom, you can achieve a light and airy Scandi feel by sanding them down and varnishing them with bright floor oil. To achieve the Nordic vibe throughout your home, use light wooden flooring in every room except the bathroom.
Scandinavian is one of the most minimalistic interior styles, so is it any surprise that white walls are one of the main components?
White walls allow natural light to project around your bedroom, brighten up the space on gloomy days, and they are a blank canvas for open shelving or statement lighting.
Neutral and Earthy Textures & Textiles
While Scandinavian's love a white wall, you should warm your bedroom up and make it more inviting with some neutral tones and natural materials for your accessories and furniture.
Try and choose two statement colours, maximum, and leave the rest of your bedroom accessories monochromatic. A typical Nordic colour palette features beige, light grey, white and pale pastels such as a barely-there pink or sage.
For textures and materials, look for rattan, wicker, leather, seagrass and the likes. Don't be afraid of mixing wooden furniture, either, but try and keep it all pale wood unless you find a showstopping piece of mid-century teak furniture.
Mid-Century Modern Furniture
As we just previously touched on, Scandi interior is a haven for lovers of mid-century modern furniture; sounds good to us!
Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Alvar Aalto are some of the greatest mid-century furniture designers, so if you happen to thrift yourself one of their pieces, we'll be envious. But of course, due to the popularity of mid-century modern furniture, there are many home stores creating replicas or pieces highly inspired by the era.
Ditch the clutter! To achieve the ultimate Scandi feel in your bedroom, you must reduce your accessories and yes, any clutter than you have, down to a minimum. If you can't part with lots of your items, try and hide as much as you can inside cupboards or storage trunks, for example.
Bursts of Botanicals
Another all-important ingredient for a Scandinavian bedroom is to add some greenery. Scatter a few plants around your bedroom, or if you'd prefer, add some texture in the form of pampas grass in a vase.
A Focus on Lighting
The Nordic region has as little as seven hours of daylight in the winter, so there is a strong emphasis on lighting in Scandi style. With daylight at a premium for half the year, traditional Scandi homes feature multiple types of lighting. Firstly this provides ample light during the day, but it also sets the mood and ambience of a room.