Deadline Design With Shaynna Blaze

Get the Look: Scandinavian

Shaynna shares her inspiration and advice for achieving the Scandinavian look for the Box Hill home on Deadline Design with Shaynna Blaze.

With three children under four years old, Jen and Adam’s three-bedroom weatherboard house in Box Hill was bursting at the seams. They were dreaming of clean surfaces, structure and order, with a touch of family and warmth and the couple had their hearts set on Scandinavian as their design inspiration. 

Scandinavian design has been a trend in Australia for many years now. Signature Scandi style features include a pale, often predominantly white colour palette with blonde timbers, simple, minimalist décor and a tendency towards folk patterns and mid-century furniture.

In Australia we’ve adapted this traditional rendering of the Scandinavian design style to incorporate fewer patterns and a greater focus on soft pastels in blush, green and blue hues. 

The interior I created for Jen and Adam’s lounge room typifies this modern take on the Scandinavian style, leaning away from mid-century pieces, but retaining the traditional colour palette.

The limed oak floors provide the perfect base to the room, adding lots of texture and character to the simple white space.

With open plan living it is important to define spaces and I used the large rug to achieve this definition in the lounge area, the simple circle design and grey tones creating a platform for Jen and Adam’s furniture.

Rather than clutter the space with lots of pieces, I chose a plush four-seater couch for the lounge where the family can sit and watch TV. Meanwhile, the scattered floor cushions add bulk to the space and provide perfect seating for the couple’s three energetic kids. 

The coffee table and entertainment unit are simple in design and light in timber colour, and work seamlessly with the flooring. 

The accents of colour in the granite side table, ceramic accessories and artwork add the impact and personality this room needs and put the finishing touches to the space.

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