Ironic though it may seem, Australian interiors provide the perfect environment for Scandinavian style. Get the look this summer – think spacious, light-filled and sleek modern lines.
Whilst Scandinavia rugs up for a white winter, Australia is perspiring at the very peak of summer. It’s beaches, barbecues, and sun-cream versus icy Norwegian fjords, snow-capped chalets and spicy mulled wine. It’s hard to imagine the marriage of these two cultures at this time of year. And yet Australian summer interiors provide the perfect stage for Scandinavian style.
Scandinavian style has become synonymous with sleek minimalist lines and a simple elegance that prioritises functionality. This aesthetic exploits the beauty of organic textures and natural timbers, riding the line between rustic and clean-lined sophistication.
These no-frills Nordic lines create a spacious aesthetic that’s cosmopolitan and sleek, whilst additions like an animal hide rug on polished timber floors or sculptural wooden lighting break up the austerity. These materials reference the rugged climate + landscape and conversely create a cosy and comforting interior.
Oceans away and in close proximity to the opposite pole, Australia offers up a rough visage of a different kind. From the coastline to the Highlands and the hinterland, this country is handsome but hardy – a sunburnt country made up equally of beauty and of terror as Dorothea Mackellar put it.
This shared element of the untamed echoes earlier days when survival meant conquering rather than colluding with the environment. The intensity of the Scandinavian climate and the vast outback interiors of Australia stand as a constant reminder of this past. And perhaps it is for this reason that natural fibres, timbers and textures work so well in both our interiors.
In any case, we like the idea that these materials are symbolic of our surviving in the face of great hardship! Their coarseness pays homage to the pioneering spirit and their clean lines witness our progression towards sophistication and chic modern style.
Your ingredients for Scandi summer style
Set the scene with neutrals…
Oatmeal. Ivory. Taupe. Grey. In light of the heat, we’re opting for a palette in monochrome. Move away from hot, high-voltage colours in favour of the soothing sophistication of neutrals.
The Zanui Otto 2 Seater Sofa is upholstered in a poly-linen blend for understated texture, and finished with solid New Zealand pinewood.
The Zanui Otto 2 Seater Sofa, available online at Zanui.
Play with symmetry
Offset standard pieces and Scandinavian lines with a small off-centre Scandinavian style side table. This will prevent your room from looking too rigid.
Vive la vignette!
Finally, let there be light
Finish the aesthetic with a finely crafted sculptural accent in your ceiling space – featured lighting that supports rather than steals the show.