How to Incorporate Scandinavian Design into Your Home

One of the hottest trends right now is 'Scandi' design - simple, clean lines with particular attention to detail, craftsmanship, light, and use of natural materials. Tara Dennis shares 5 ways to incorporate this design trend, into the home.

The look is relaxed and friendly, all things Australians love. 'Scandi' style generally requires a reasonably restrained palette based on white, grey and black, warmed with timber elements.

To decorate a room, white walls and floor boards are ideal. For boards, try painting your old pine floorboards pure white, or gently lime wash them to disguise any red or yellowness in the timber.

Tara Dennis shares 5 ways to incorporate this design trend, into the home.

1. Graphical delight

Prints featuring black and white typographic artwork will help add dimension to a white colour scheme. LisaKathMoen Prints bring Nordic elements and provide stylish Scandi design, while Brainspiration combines inspiring messages and quotes with beautiful typography and a little piece of Scandinavian scriptured art.

2. Let there be light

A natural fibred rug in neutral colours will warm a hard floor, while a few scatter cushions add interest and character. Pendant lighting is a must, and these days there are so many fabulous styles to choose from. Combine overhead lighting with lamps for a soft ambience and consider adding art throughout the room by way of framed prints, illustrations or small original works.  

3. Less is more

Scandinavian design is all about minimalistic functionality and placing less emphasis on cupboards for storage. So get clever…and clear. Smartbox is an efficient and hassle-free storage solution that cuts out double handling often associated with moving, by combining moving and storage.

4. Touch of colour

Hints of black and metallic sharpen the look, the latest metals being brass and copper. If you do feel the need to add a hint of colour, try pastels. Soft pink and mint green are perfectly in harmony with this look or mix a white bedroom floor with the Eden Bed from Incy Interiors to give it a little magic metallic!

5. Green scheme

Scandinavians often introduce a touch of green into a broader theme to help bring the outdoors in during the cooler months. Add some life to the room with indoor plants or a touch of wood such as Lucie Kaas designer wooden animals, and introduce charm with a few little creatures.

Tara Dennis has been appointed as Ambassador for Reed Gift Fairs, 1 August - 5 August at Melbourne Showground and Melbourne Exhibition Centre. 

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