A look for those favouring clean finishes and a largely minimalistic approach, the Scandinavian trend has more than held its own in interior circles over the past six months. Now at the peak of its powers, we delve into this stripped-back theme featuring whites and creams, Aztec-inspired prints and washed woods, to see just what it can offer your home.
Generally speaking, Scandi is suited to a specific type of interior; you wouldn’t want to implement in an old country cottage, but equally if you have a newer build and a largely blank canvas to work with, this could be a match that’s just crying out to be made.
The basis for Scandi is found in a room’s walls and floors: this look helps to lift home settings with its light and airy colour schemes, with no need to venture from your staple white and cream paints. Underfoot, white planks are ideal, however for a more conservative approach a white-wash wood look could be the perfect compromise, UK Flooring Direct’s Galleria Elite White a brilliant engineered option. If you’re feeling brave, saw cuts can provide a really nice rustic, industrial twist.
Likewise, furniture choices tend to settle at the lighter end of the colour spectrum, with light oak or pine coffee tables, cabinets and drawers making for the ultimate Scandi look in a living room, dining room or hallway.
If attempting Scandi in kitchen spaces, contemporary white or black units can complement well; above all keep things clean and simple, making sure any alternative colour is in pastel form to avoid it overpowering. Add some Charles-Eames design chairs or traditional wooden stools, depending on your preference, and things start to come together.
Making final accessorising touches should be a relatively easy task. Keeping our ‘minimalist hats’ firmly screwed on, there is no need to break the bank with countless purchases, three or four shrewd additions normally enough to round off your good work. Ample storage space is a must if you do go a little overboard, as clutter does not work hand in hand with Scandinavian inspiration.
Fabrics are generally required to avoid this theme feeling cold and unwelcoming; rugs and throws are great in white with complementing greys and navy blues. For a simple cream effect, try UK Flooring Direct’s Plantation Purity, this shaggy option bringing winter warmth as you sink your toes into the luscious thick pile. For an added dose of pattern, why not opt for the brand’s popular Plantation Frankie, this white & dark blue number introducing a touch of true Scandinavian charm with its zany print work.
Finally, finding sleek Scandi furniture that’s also comfortable is a challenge, with tradition dictating that lower pieces, sometimes even benches, are included. However, use of a distressed white and navy throw could hide the fact you’ve ventured from true Scandinavian roots, covering the elephant in the room that is your latest DFS purchase – no one needs to know!
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