We love Scandi-style here at FHSA – most of our home styling takes a nod from this contemporary and beautiful trend and we haven’t had a client yet who didn’t appreciate the classic clean lines and light filled rooms.
So how can you achieve a Scandinavian interior style? We have styled countless Scandi-inspired rooms, so we thought we would put together a guide to help you achieve this look in your own home.
1. Start with a clean slate Think: simplicity. Less really is more. Strip your room back to basics to achieve a blank canvas that you can begin layering with furniture and décor.
2. White wash Painting can be a pain but if you want to commit to this style, you won’t regret giving your walls a fresh coat of paint. Bright white with occasional grey feature walls seem to be the recipe for success.
3. Furniture with clean lines Anything with clean lines, that is simple, has timber or with light upholstery is workable — you’ll be amazed at what a new throw and fresh cushions can do for a sofa — but if you have any pieces that are too heavy or dated, you may want to look at selling or donating them to make way for one or two new statement pieces.
4. Layer it up Add interest and warmth through layering. Sheepskin or natural material (linen, cotton or wool knit) throws and cushions in various textures are a must. The best Scandi interiors mix up the textures of layers to create interest — think cowhide rug, linen throw, knitted cushions, sheepskin and maybe even a velvet cushion or two.
5. Black and white wall art Black and white wall art is a staple of a Scandinavian interior. Rest artwork against a wall, along a shelf or hang a cluster on the wall, there’s no one way of doing it right.
6. Geometric Look for décor and soft furnishings that play on shape and form.
7. Splashes of colour While blacks, whites and greys dominate Scandi interiors, they’re not all monochromatic. Blush pinks and icy blues, muted greens and even yellows all suit this style — what’s important is to keep it restrained, adding colour through cushions, throws, rugs and decorative pieces.
8. Timber accents Light, natural timbers are another must-have. Look at adding a few pops of timber — it will add warmth and an organic texture — such as a wooden stool or the oh-so-popular timber and leather strap shelving.
9. Bring in plants! It’s rare you’ll see a Scandinavian interior without an indoor plant. Perhaps it’s because of the climate or maybe just because they’ve got great style.
10. Light it up Floor lamps, table lamps, candle holders and loads of natural light — look at any way you can bring light into your home! There are so many Scandi lighting options available — from exposed bulbs to intricate timber pendants, droplet lights to grasshopper floor lamps — you’ll be sure to find options to suit your personal style.
11. Window treatments Keeping with the theme of light, you want to allow as much natural light as possible into your home so look at your window treatments and take action if necessary. Keep all window fixtures simple, modern and minimalistic.
12. Floor rugs Most Scandi rooms have a floor rug (you’ll even see them in the kitchen) so look at what works in your space. Perhaps a black and white geometric rug or chunky wool knit?
13. The final edit
We started with a reminder about keeping things simple and now that you’ve come to the end of creating your Scandinavian interior, it’s time to do a final edit. Have you gone too far? Added too much? Do all the colours work? Less is more so look at removing any pieces that don’t work or make the space feel cluttered.
If you need any help creating that perfect room to help sell your property call FHSA today.