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8 Tips for Decorating Scandi-Style
We’ve noticed that the clean lines of the Scandinavian interior design style is increasingly popular with customers. And no wonder as it is beautiful, simple and elegant, an interior design scheme perfect for every home and for every room. How can you successfully get this look in your home?
#1 Light wood floors
The Scandinavian style is not complex and yet, it needs care and thought to pull together all of its components. Start with the floor, sticking with natural materials although the clear favourite is a light wood floor.
#2 White walls
There is an understated elegance to white walls and like natural materials, they are the blank canvas against which the rest of the Scandinavian styled room is built. One coat may not cut it, however, so be prepared to layer on three light coats of white paint to get the perfect finish.
#3 Neutral colours
If you love dark, passionate colours then the light hues and neutral shades of this style may not suit you. Every colour you add needs to be an almost, barely-there shade. Watch out for pinks that are too sugary and don’t be tempted to add dashes of strong colours. Stick with neutral shades of blue, grey, yellow, pinks and greens, the lighter shades of which you find in nature.
#4 Mix and match natural materials
In some style settings, you will see all wood and nothing more but you can add slivers of metal, polished or painted, to the Scandinavian styled room. Add texture with wool and hemp, as well as sisal rugs that help to stop it look too flat.
#5 Lighting is key
Scandinavian countries have long, dark winters and so it’s no surprise to discover that light plays such an important role in this style. From plentiful hanging pendants to floor and table lamps, keep the design minimal and the lighting effect soft.
#6 Opt for clean lines and minimal clutter
Key to the success of this look is a minimal, uncluttered finish, complemented by the modern furniture in the space. Fitted furniture in white or light beech finish would be perfect for the Scandi-styled room, whether that is the bedroom, the living room or even the kitchen diner.
#7 Open spaces
The Scandi-interior design style could never be described as oppressive and maybe the open feel of the style is why so many of us are opting for it in our homes. The vast expanse of wall – don’t be frightened to leave it bare! – to the open plan nature of the home, it is a style that demands attention just from the fact it allows space to breathe. If you have an open plan home, it will work well, just as it does in a traditional property too.
#8 Simple, white kitchen
The same uncluttered, unfussy approach is to be found in the Scandinavian inspired kitchen too. Opt for matte white cupboard doors, with minimal worktop accessories and don’t forget, there should be plenty of wood and other natural materials here too.