Opulent neutrals, layered textures, rustic timbers and sleek lines. Accent lighting in sculptural forms paired with contrasting hues of dark and light.
It’s not hard to see why Scandinavian style is so enticing. Those Northern Hemispherians sure know how to evoke a sense of cosy spaciousness within their homes.
JT: “I love the clean lines, uncomplicated layout and minimalist styling of this look. It’s a good fit for busy lifestyles. Stylish yet relaxing with its backdrop of neutral tones + natural finishes.”
Love it? Live it! Here’s how. James Treble guides you through the 6 key design elements for Scandinavian style…
SELECT YOUR PALETTE
This look is founded on neutral hues and a mix of light timber with dark and natural finishes.
JT: “Using different timbers works well with a base of off-white and natural washed tones. I love adding in a hit of colour, for example indigo – its deep cool hues balance the warmth of the timber finishes.”
Contrast is also an important element of this style.
JT: “In our Zanui styled dining room (below), the contrast between the dark chair and natural timber + white in the benches works beautifully. Paired with the minimal pattern on the floor rug, and a striking light fitting, it screams Scandi.”
JT: “I think we can get too matchy sometimes. Scandinavian style allows for a more mixed eclectic feel. These contrasting chairs contribute additional functional seating and statement style.”
How different is too different?
JT: “Look to the style you’re wanting to create for guidance. If the backdrop is simple, the chairs can be busier – they become the feature. If there’s more colour in the styling, then select seating that matches in tone or type so that everything works together in a more cohesive way.”
UP YOUR TEXTURES
Work with a combination of coarse (e.g. woven linen blends) and soft textures (e.g. lambswool or baby alpaca) within your soft furnishings.
JT: “Adding in an animal hide rug adds a warmth and the feel of the hunter for that idyllic Nordic charm.”
Sculptural lighting or lighting with metallic highlights adds another element of diversity, depth and character to your space. Opt for finely crafted wooden + upholstered lighting fixtures or refractive metallic pieces according to your preference.
JT: “Handmade or the handmade-look always works well for this style. Minimal detailing and pattern is also a winner.”
WATCH OUT FOR…
Overcrowding the room. This look needs air – don’t get over-excited and cram it full of allllll the things. Select a sofa with slender wooden legs. This will lift your signature furniture pieces off the floor.
JT: “If you make it too busy, you’ll over-complicate the look. Keep surface clutter to a minimum to show off those clean lines.”
ART FOR ART’S SAKE?
Select a piece of wall art in line with the colours in the space. You can be bold – you just need to consider the balance of your overall aesthetic. Having too many pieces that draw the eye introduces a chaotic element to your room.
JT: “I like art everywhere in the house. In the dining room, it creates a great conversation starter. The image of the stag used in the Zanui styled dining room is strong but its colours are muted allowing it to blend in with the room.”
Aaaahhh! Perfectly pretty. We love this look. So earthy and rustic and real. Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up beside the burning hearth with a cup of hot chocolate?