Due to its’ simplicity, functionality and beauty, I will hands-down admit that Scandinavian is my favourite of the interior design styles. It is an aesthetically pure minimalistic style, that lifestyle bloggers, Instagrammers and fashionistas alike have been obsessing over (think @wonenaandemadelief and @tarmarz).
This interior design style takes inspiration in combating Scandinavian’s long, dark winters by emphasising natural light and maximising space. If you’re interested in the ‘less is more’ clean lines of Scandi design, look no further. Here’s how to incorporate a visually relaxing Scandi interior design style into your bedroom.
Light, polished wooden floorboards are perfect to bounce light in order to expand and emphasise the space. Whitewashed floorboards also work well to compliment the overall tone of the style.
The colour palette plays an important role in Scandi design, or should I say, lack of colours? Repetitive white against white is often used to create a serene feel. Introducing calming neutral tones of beige, cool blue and soft greys can help break down the blockage of white and add some warmth to the space. In Scandi design we often see solid colours, on walls, bedding and furnishing which gives a sense of solidarity and maturity spaces.
Scandi design style can often be perceived as blank, cold and lacking personality. However by adding subtle textures it gives the space a slight hint of warmth. Think natural wood, touches of gold and metal finishes. The darker tones from these finishes can also be used to create visual interest.
The style has a real appreciation for natural and raw materials, so you will often see hints of ceramic, clay, wood and stone incorporated in this style.
To ease off the overall coldness, both visually and physically, introduce warm textiles, such as heavy fur rugs, wool, sheep skin, soft cottons, felt and linen throws. Although ruffled and crumpled textiles might be deemed as an untidy and messy trait, it gives a perception of warmth and life in the space against the cool white interior.
One aspect I absolutely love about Scandi design is that when it comes to furniture, it is based on functionality and flawless craftsmanship, and not decorative purposes. With this style we usually see a relatively empty space that is not busy with furniture or colour.
Placing the bed on a headboard-less and low frame post gives off a laid-back feel. Although here’s a tip, why not go for extra coolness and place the entire mattress on the floor with no frame or headboard, for a fuss-free and money-saving trick? By adding warm colours, textiles and textures mentioned above, it will automatically make this bed on the floor feel more comfortably thought out and gives off an understated elegance. By keeping the furniture low, it will help in the overall perception of maximising an open plan space.
Keep furniture minimal. Use light wooden stools as bedside tables, with white and beechwood rectangular drawers. Think specially built in floor-to-ceiling shelving units and rails, each with a component for specific needs and function. Exclude doors and expose your innovative and organised side!
For a more visual and stylish approach, get yourself a clothes rail. From hanging t-shirts to dresses, ranging from black to white, this is an opportunity to showcase your fashionable taste! Store matching shoes underneath and hang bags off the end for an effortless look. (Tip: This will also help you to see your wardrobe directly and pick your outfit more efficiently at the beginning of the day!)
In contrast to Shabby Chic, Modern Retro and Art Deco, Scandi design does not feature many accessories or decorations. This style heavily emphasises decluttering and keeping to the bare necessities, so storage and organisation is important!
Green plants are great for adding an organic feel as well as a pop of colour alongside the simplicity of the style. As mentioned, natural and arty handmade ceramics vases, clay pottery and stone can add to the natural calmness of the style. Minimal art, illustration and inspirational typography pieces in a simple white frame will add to the uber laid-back feel of the style.
Lighting is extremely important to Scandi design. This interior design style is based entirely on maximising natural daylight. With the amount of open space, it can leave the bedroom feeling bottom-heavy, therefore hanging lights help to bring the eye around the room to increase interest. Candlelights and low voltage lightbulbs will add comfort and warmth to the space.
As windows are the source of natural daylight, baring it all and removing curtains works well. However, if you feel like this is taking away too much privacy, then opt for light sheer fabrics such as linen.
Due to the lack of decoration and furniture, form and function plays an important role in Scandi design style. Clean, crisp and immaculate lines should naturally come across in the furniture and architecture. Due to the simplicity of the décor, it allows the architectural features of the room to shine. The function of a Scandi interior design style should be as a simple and liveable open space. The backdrop of soft white walls in the room gives a restful and tranquil feel, and makes furniture pieces in the room even more exquisitely appealing.
Scandi Design style is perfect for someone who is fuss-free, sophisticated and calm. It would ideally suit someone who appreciates the simplicity of life, art and design, who is more engaged to feelings of atmosphere and space. It is also great for someone who is organised and is the complete opposite of a hoarder! Despite it being a trendy, default style that can easily be recreated, remember your bedroom is your own personal space, so never forget to add your own twist and personality into the style by introducing plants, unique illustrations and ceramic pieces.