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Ten Top Tips to Get the Scandi Look.

A Scandinavian interior – when well thought through – convinces through a combination of sheer simplicity, mere minimalism, clean lines and clever functionality.

Scandinavian design is more than an aesthetic, it is a lifestyle. The interiors create a clutter-free life full of wellbeing and mindfulness where everything is “just the right amount” as the Swedish word lagom translates. A space that is aesthetically pleasing; a space of dreams where textures, materials and homeware all harmoniously entwine. An interior that not only nurtures relaxation but also has a warm and inviting atmosphere that friends and family never want to leave. Gatherings can be taken back to basics with a more natural, laidback feel for dinner and cocktails that call for stylish kitchenware.

Scandinavian interiors are key to a harmoniously balanced home and do more than simply excite the eyes: they shape our lifestyle and well-being.

So how do you get the Scandi look?

To begin with, Scandinavian fashion is great for ideas and inspiration:

1. It is sophisticated whilst being laid-back at the same time.
2. It is uncomplicated and easy to wear but with a twist.
3. It is also characterised by a understated, minimal and effortless look.

Get the Scandi Look - Fashion InteriorThese characteristics can be applied to the interior. Images from The LuxPad

The aim should always be to create an interior space of a very high standard. To succeed, nothing about the design of the interior should be overdone.

The Scandi Look - Quality over QuantiyQuality over quantity. Images from Normann Copenhagen & Ferm Living

With a strong focus on craftsmanship, the most important feature of Scandinavian design is natural beauty combined with functionality, the saying “form follows function” being most crucial. Uniquely sparse and geometric patterns, which are an evolution of the Bauhaus movement, perfectly reflect the simplicity, symmetry and clarity on which great emphasis is placed. Wallpapers and rugs are great for geometric patterns, bearing in mind that furniture, carpets and upholstery should always have a homely coziness about them.

Get the Scandi Look - Geometric Patterns

Simplicity, symmetry and clarity. Images from Bloglovin

Scandinavian chic is about a mixture of modern and tradition – splashes of your favourite pastel colour matched with rustic accents create warmth in an otherwise minimalistic and cool atmosphere. A simple colour scheme such as black and soft greys mixed with brighter tones such as hints of pink and copper make a fantastic base for a simplistic and timeless interior. Pair this with clean, understated materials such as concrete and wood as well as soft textured cushions and carpets, and voilà, you have a sophisticated and chic interior that is cosy and comforting.

Get the Scandi Look - Post Pastel PinksPosh pastel pinks. Images from wolf & stag, Avenue Design Studio, Hilarys & Pinterest

The top ten tips, are:

1. Neutral Colours; 2. Simple Shapes; 3. Geometric Patterns; 4. Warm Textiles; 5. Soft Textures; 6. Wood Finishes;
7. Decorative Accents; 8. Clutter – Free; 9. Quality over Quantity; 10. Less is More (think lagom)

Get the Scandi Look - Wood Decorative accentsPlenty of wood, decorative accents as well as textiles & textures. Images from Planete Deco, Beacon Lighting & Rose & Grey

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