Armchair Traveller we will be visiting Scandinavia; a region in Northern Europe that has strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. Most Scandinavian interior design makes use of a blend of textures, contrasts, and soft hues in order to make sleek, modern furniture feel warm and inviting.
By embracing the hygge philosophy (‘hygge’ is the creating of a warm atmosphere and the enjoyment of the good things in life with good people), Danes have understood how to showcase the best of Scandinavian modern design while still layering a space in order to make it feel cosy.
Scandinavian interior design is known for its minimalist colour palettes, cosy accents, and striking modern furniture. Designs often play with natural light which is a hot commodity in Nordic countries.
Embracing the Nordic look in our own Four Shires homes may not be as difficult as you first think.
High contrasts: High contrast is the hallmark of Scandinavian interior design. If you have an all white space for example then the addition of stark black sculptural furniture will help create a dramatic, impactful statement. Modern furniture also contrasts very well with the ornate architectural details in older properties.
Modern minimalist furniture: Whether you live in a newly built home or older property the key to obtaining the Scandinavian look is modern and minimalist furniture. Tulip tables and swan chairs can be warmed up by blonde wood accents and rich cognac leather tones. Sculptural branches also help make the space feel more organic and will help to bring the outside in.
Colourful art: Although seldom found in Scandinavian interiors, colourful art (when it is used), is often in graphic multiples. For example you could choose to use a series of three botanical prints in your living or dining space. These will not only be very organic but also add an equally striking focal point for your minimalist space.
Candles: Candles are the staple of the Danish ‘hygge’ appraoch and often come in simple brass candleholders. Candles offer a warming accent to any room, particularly in the colder, winter months.
Hygge: Briefly mentioned before the Danes try to incorporate the ‘hygge’ philosophy in all aspects of their décore. The key to embracing this approach is to make sure that all of your spaces are as cosy and comfortable as possible. In a small space bedroom for example, you could try putting the bed under the window and then adding curtains to separate the sleeping space which will further adding to the cosiness. A fluffy rug on the floor will complete the look.
Welcoming touches: Scandinavian design is known for its minimalist flair that still always manages to feel cosy. For instance, you can easily warm up a room of clean-lined furniture and muted grey tones (which could easily feel cold and uninviting) by adding striking photography and a strong mix of textures. Think thick sheepskin rugs and throws and a kilim rug. Instantly your room will feel warm and welcoming.
Fireplaces: Scandinavian homes are known to have fireplaces in the corner of a room, not centred on a wall as is more popular in the United Kingdom. This can actually make for a wonderfully inviting room. seating arrangements are often designed accordingly. Smaller accent chairs float closer to the fireplace while sofas generally anchor the middle of the room, leaving walking space behind it.
Warm wood tones: Sepia hues are popular in Scandinavian interior design, as they are a way to make a room feel sunny and bright without using any bright colours. Off-whites in any room can work well with sepias and wood tones in order to create a welcoming, muted space.
Layered bedding: to create a welcoming cosy bedroom in a Nordic way try a blend of linen sheets, wool blankets, and a small collection of accent pillows in muted tone on tone hues.
Iconic lighting: Very common in Scandinavian, bedrooms often use the ceiling fixture and bedside lamp to make a modern statement in a more minimalist design palette.
Colour bursts: When colour is used, it’s often in small bursts of bright hues in an almost gallery style. Try bringing a neutral base to life with rugs and throws in blue and purple hues or additional add statement artwork of several bright tones to one of your walls.
Although Scandinavian interiors veer more on the modern side they also often feature a mix of periods and styles to make a space feel layered and cosy. So if you are trying to gain an interior that mirrors one of those from Nordic countries there will be a perfect addition for your property no matter what period of interior style you favour.