With its clean lines, crisp colour palette and focus on warm timbers, the Scandinavian look is one of our favourites. And with its simple, laid-back vibe, it?s a perfect match for the relaxed Aussie lifestyle. Here?s how to recreate it in your own home.
Nothing shows off the simple, appealing lines of Scandinavian-inspired furniture and accessories better than a bright white backdrop. It?s also a great way to maximise the sense of space in a room, and will make any interior feel light and airy. So get handy with the paintbrush and look to give your walls, floors and ceiling the all-white treatment.
From pale blonde through to rich walnuts, timber furniture is the star of the show in Scandinavian design. Hardwearing and practical, it?s also a smart choice for busy family homes. Seek out designs with curved shapes, flowing lines and slender, tapered legs. Comfort and ergonomics are also key; chairs and sofas should follow the lines of the body and be easy to get in and out of, while tables and cabinets should have smooth, rounded lines and soft-opening mechanisms. Classic examples of the look include our Tricia dining chairs, which come in a range of appealing finishes, including matte black, white and walnut. Or for sofas, our Ceni two- and three-seater design, with its fine, tapered timber legs and sumptuous upholstery.
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Soften the minimalist lines of a Nordic interior with tactile, natural fabrics. Think cotton, linen and leather in neutral shades of grey, oatmeal, caramel and white, which can be used for everything from sofa and armchair upholstery to bedlinen and window treatments. For a bolder look, consider adding classic Nordic stripes and checks.
Bold Colour Accents
No Scandinavian interior is complete without a few carefully chosen look-at-me brights. These bold splashes of colour might take the form of graphic, framed prints hung on the wall, a trio of fabulous, colourful vases on a console table, a funky pendant above the dining table, or a couple of cheery, patterned cushions on the sofa. The trick is not to over-do it; stick to no more than two or three shades, and use them sparingly to achieve maximum impact with minimum clutter.