Why this stylist wants you to move away from the Scandi design trend

Is this the end of the Scandi interior design trend? One interior stylist thinks so.

Scandi styling has taken the interior world by storm and has enjoyed many years on the design wish list of many Aussies.

Sleek lines, minimalist colour palettes and striking, cool features make this trend both visually appealing and practical, but Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors says it’s time to move away from the Nordic trend.

“It’s time to stray away from the bland, minimal style and insert a little personality and character into the home,” says Justine.

When creating the Scandinavian style, Justine has seen most homeowners going way too far with their Scandi touches, with everything matching exactly and removing the eclectic vibe.

“It is important to avoid having every item in your home in the same colour as your featured oak, as this leads to a space becoming bland and lacking personality,” she says.

If you’re like me, and you’ve looked around your home and thought, ‘She’s right. Everything is oak and grey!’ you may want to consider pairing it back with some colour, texture or adding some non-Scandi pieces to your home.

Here’s Justine’s advice for mixing it up without busting your budget:

Use vintage or Persian rugs in your bedroom or living space

”The Scandinavian trend is to swap out any colour for plain jute or white rugs, so this leaves a great opportunity for you to bring in a rug that have some patina, age, and some pattern as well as colour. If you want a fairly neutral feel still, opt for patterns over colours, or colours in muted or washed out tones,” she says.

Search the Salvos, markets or vintage furniture stores for a statement piece

“A retro coffee table, a unique chair or something as small as brass or ceramic vases, or coloured glassware will help add character to your space,” says Justine.

“The trick is to have something old in amongst fresh new interior to create a more welcoming feeling. Vintage items always add a story or some mystery to a space.”

Scatter cushions to inject colour

Justine is all about incorporating colour – but it doesn’t have to be bright! “Try injecting warm tones such as rich plum, mustard, dark green or blush,” she explains. “A few cushions along with one or two accessories are enough to change the feel of your space.”

Introduce interesting lighting

“Try a floor lamp to add an earthy twist to your space,” says Justine. “Popular in bohemian inspired interiors, a tray with lots of candles can make a good coffee table centre piece or an overcall colourful lamp will make a big impact to your area.”

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