Scandinavian interior design has been on trend for over a decade, and there’s no sign of things changing. With its focus on minimal design and functionality, Scandi stylings and furniture have captured the imagination of designers all over the world.
Like most schools of design, there are several fundamental principles to the style. The good thing about Scandinavian style is that with a bit of thought and a small budget, you can easily recreate the vibe in your own home.
So if you want to get on the Scandi trend then read on. Here are five ideas to give your room the contemporary Scandanavian feel that’s so cool right now.
1. Paint Your Walls White
One of the simplest and most effective ways to get your room heading in a Scandi direction is by painting your walls white. Neutral colours are vital to Scandi interior design, and white is as dull as it gets. White walls also bring the benefit of maximising light, creating a feeling of space, and being extremely versatile (everything goes with white).
White bedsheets will also go a long way to creating a Scandi feel. If you have the option, white floorboards also look great. And when it comes to furniture, you can be sure that white will work pretty well there too. Not everything has to be white (greys are allowed), but the vital thing to remember is that if you’re going Scandi, white is pretty much your best friend.
2. Expose Your Floor
If you’re going Scandinavian, then wall-to-wall carpets are out. Exposed, minimal floors are what you should be aiming for. Light wood floorboards are the best option here. If your floorboards look terrible, then you could consider a high-quality laminate or wood-based flooring. Other alternative include exposed concrete or even lino.
You’ll probably want to add a bit of softness, and that’s allowed. Rugs and carpets add texture and will round the room off nicely. Again, try to stick to neutral colours like whites, greys, or stone.
3. Invest In A Couple Of Quality Furniture Pieces
One of the great things about Scandi style is that it’s usually not very expensive to pull off. However, one thing that Scandinavians do believe in is the importance of quality. To elevate your room, you should invest in one or two pieces of quality Scandinavian oak furniture to base the place around.
Whether its a desk, a table, a sideboard, or a cabinet, having some furniture in a classic Scandi style – minimal, with clean lines, rounded corners, and maximum functionality – will elevate your room to the next level.
4. Add Some Texture
With all the clean lines and white, it’s essential to soften off the room with a little bit of texture and softness. The beauty of Scandi style is that it means a place can be both minimal and sparse, as well as cosy and inviting at the same time.
Add cushions or blankets to beds, sofas, or chairs, and get a rug in a natural material like wool, cotton, or jute. And of course, remember to stick to the neutral colours as much as possible – whites, greys, and stone.
5. Get Rid Of All Clutter
If you’re going for the Scandi vibe, then clutter has to go – it’s simply not negotiable. If you want to create a clean, minimalist vibe, then it’s essential that you cut back on ‘stuff’ in your room.
Storage can help – a functional cabinet or wardrobe will help you to clear up. But at the end of the day, you might need to take a good hard look at your stuff and think about what you need, and what you can pass on to a charity shop, recycle, or sell on. It’ll be worth it both aesthetically, and for your peace of mind.