The simple and minimalist aesthetics of Scandinavian interiors has won the hearts of many interior lovers over recent years. Conjuring up images of soft grey sofas, light oak tables, a wealth of warm and cosy textures together with clean, simple designs. While it paints a different picture to the rustic and more traditional feel of country interiors that we’re so fond of, it places equal importance on the belief that home really is where the heart is.
Considered influential since the early 20th Century, it has only filtered through to gain mass popularity in the last decade or so. Like all interior styles, however, Scandinavian-inspired interiors have evolved over the years – adopting a more modern approach in part and becoming more accessible in others. The fundamentals of it remain largely unchanged though – making it more recognisable than ever. It continues to promote a home that is practical, simple and aesthetically pleasing. One that adopts a neutral colour palette and minimalist layout.
A mindful approach
In an age where more and more people are intrigued by, and adopting, a minimalist and mindful lifestyle, Scandinavian interiors are inspiring this more conscious and considered approach in our homes – particularly in how we decorate and style them. The trick to incorporating a little Scandi charm into your home basically boils down to balance with an effortless, fuss-free approach.
Show your stuff
Lots of clutter is rarely seen in Scandi homes, but displaying a few of your favourite things is integral. From photographs to artwork and potted plants to favourite reads, we’re big advocates for sharing these special items, so don’t hide away belongings that encourage nostalgia or bring a smile to your face as you walk past. It is these things that make your home a personal space, somewhere you feel safe and comforted, and ultimately, help to make it a real, lived-in home. If you want letters, receipts or paperwork in easy reach, why not stow safely away in baskets or pretty papered boxes and keep on the bottom shelf of your bookcase?
Pops of colour
A Scandi-inspired home often adopts a very similar colour palette. One with soft greys, light blues and off whites. If you love a pop of colour, choose one accent colour to diffuse across your home. Painted walls or painted furniture aren’t your only options either, cosy accessories or ceramics in colourful hues still offer covetable examples for a Scandi-inspired space.
~ a little sunshine yellow ~
If you’ve gone for mostly grey interiors, adding a splash of yellow will not only complement but help to brighten your home too. Introduce a painted yellow cabinet in the dining room, give a lick of paint to the inside of your front door – sure to give a warm welcome each time you come down the stairs – opt for a set of yellow dining chairs or display a collection of matching yellow mugs in the kitchen. If you love to display artwork or photographs in frames for a gallery-style wall, why not paint the frames in your favourite shade for a quick and inexpensive refresh? There are many ways to add a pop of colour into your home – just remember that if you’re wanting to adopt more of a Scandi-inspired feel, it’s all about maintaining balance.
There can’t be many interior trends that are adverse to cosy textures. Especially as we venture into the cold, dark months of autumn and winter. Our thoughts inadvertently turn to nights in with our feet up and the heating on. A basket of super soft throws in the living room and a bed piled high with cosy cushions. An interior style that relies so heavily on the theory that less is more inevitably means texture can really come into its own. Faux furs, soft wools, rustic rattan, plaid, reclaimed wood and exposed brick-work will not only add interest but a beautiful natural element into your home too.
They say that dining in is the new going out. During the colder seasonal months, staying inside in the warmth and looking forward to nourishing, home-cooked food is a tempting thought. Why not invite friends and family round to dine in with delicious food, a glass of wine or favourite film beside the fire? Scandinavian interiors, whilst minimal, are true advocates for cosiness.
Whether you take a hint of inspiration from Scandinavia, or you’ve fully adopted their more minimal and neutral approach, it is their advocacy for simplicity, balance and mindfulness in the home which has lent itself to such popularity. That and their faultless dedication to creating a space for enjoying delicious food and good company – and we’re certainly not arguing with that!