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On Trend: Nordic

Interior Trend Report: Nordic

Nordic, or as its commonly known as ‘Scandi’, is a type of design from Scandinavia. Now, before you go down to Ikea and spend up big, here are a few pointers to get that authentic look.


Tip # 1


Keep the overall palate light and bright. From walls to floors, whites and light grey tones give the room a calming feel as well. Introduce light timbers as well, you can do this by either having light timber floor boards throughout the house apart from the bathrooms or having exposed beams in the ceiling. If you want to introduce colours keep them in a light pastel tone. A suggestion would be to do it with throw cushions on the couch or even a rug under the coffee table or at the end of the bed. That way it’s an easy cost effective change, other than having to buy all new furniture.


Tip # 2


In the bathroom, we don’t want it to look like a 70’s sauna! Again, use a light palate with white tiles on the walls and a darker grey or even patterned floor tile. Black fixtures and a wooded vanity top give it that more upmarket feel. Decorate the room with some real plants to give it a pop of colour and some warmth.



Tip # 3


The bedroom is where you want the most calming tones within the house. A lighter toned bedhead or even a light wooded 4 poster to give it that extra bit of grandeur.  Pair it with a light grey bedspread in winter or even a light blue in the warmer months. Compliment these with a faux fur throw on the end to give some texture within the room. Having an arm chair in the corner is always a nice touch, plus a place we can curl up with a book on  a rainy day, if you’re more of the adventurous type you can get a cow skin covered chair, or if you’re more of a cosy type a tan leather can always bring warmth within the room and break it up from the light monochromatic theme.


Tip # 4


The kitchen is the heart of the home, having white cabinets is rather plain and boring. Why not mix it up with darker grey or navy lower cabinets with a white stone bench top, or even butches block. Have a fun with a patterned splash back or throw some colour in with a herringbone patterned pastel subway tile.  If you do like the plain white kitchen, add in some colour to break it up with some funky pastel retro appliances, plants or even patterned fabric chairs at the bench.



Tip # 5


Wall to wall carpets never took off in Sweden and all truly Scandinavian interiors will have a wooden, preferably light, floor in all rooms apart from the bathrooms.


Tip # 6


White walls and cool grey and blue textiles definitely gives off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior, however there are more colourful textiles from the likes of Marimekko in the 60s pop vein and the much more decorative Josef Frank from the 40s. Both very different, both very Scandinavian.


Tip # 7


Wood, and don’t be afraid to show it. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.