Scandinavian style is all about simplicity, functionality and living well. Originating in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Scandi interiors are minimal without looking stark or cold. They’re understated, stylish and cosy, with an emphasis on beautiful textures, clean lines and natural materials. Here’s our guide to giving your home a chic, Scandinavian look without spending a fortune – it’s easier than you think!
Start by selecting your colour palette – Scandi style embraces minimalist, monochrome tones, winter whites, soft greys and neutrals, deep blues, dusky pinks and delicate pastels. Generally, white or grey walls look best with a Scandinavian décor, and when accessorising, dusky pinks or deep blue accents look stunning against grey, neutral and white furniture. Looking to make a statement? Create a feature wall! Moody hues, delicate wallpaper or feature art pieces look gorgeous paired with simple, Scandinavian furnishings.
When it comes to texture, it’s important to achieve the right balance between soft and sharp. Woven rugs, linen, velvet and furry fabrics are a perfect match for metallics, cement, smooth ceramics, marble and of course, natural timber. Remember, Scandi style is all about simplicity, so choose two or three key textures and make them count! Pick simple accessories with a few statement pieces, to really accentuate those gorgeous textures.
When decorating your Scandi space, try to pick items that have a strong shape – think smooth, clean lines, geometric relief, and imperfect sculptural styles. Mix circles, squares and hexagons; and add a slouchy basket, tasselled throw or a vibrant fern – Scandinavian style is relaxed and understated, so don’t worry about lining up your items or making them look perfect!