Are you on Pinterest and green with envy over the effortlessly chic Scandi pins you keep seeing? Were you unfortunate enough to have not been born in a light-filled loft in Stockholm? Or are you simply searching for some ways to switch up your space that will add maximum charm for minimum cost?
Then this easy guide to adding Scandinavian charm to your home is just for you! Let's get started:
1. Paint your walls white.
Always. The whiter the better. This allows a clean base for you to showcase that gorgeous Jacobsen chair, or minimalist typography print. White also visually enlarges the room and magnifies the available light (see point 2), which is always a good thing!
2. See the light.
At the very core of its ethos, Scandinavian design is about maximising light - this is due to long winters with minimal hours of daylight (sometimes only two hours a day in the far north!). And that is where most of the charm comes from in Scandinavian and Nordic homes - an abundance of natural light, which emphasises that lovely spacious feeling you get in large spaces with minimal decoration. If your home isn't a gazillion square feet and blessed with ceiling-to-floor windows, invest in some mirrors and hang them perpendicular to your windows to magnify and throw the light. Take a photo of your room at the brightest point of the day and take it with you when you go shopping so you can find the right mirror for your space. Don't be afraid to hang a wall of smaller mirrors as well - this would work well in a smaller room where a big mirror would otherwise overwhelm. For that luxe Scandi feel, go for uniform frames in silver, grey, light oak, or stark black.
3. Less is more.
This is probably the easiest tip of all - get rid of some stuff! In Scandinavian interiors every piece that's displayed is purposeful - it's either useful or beautiful. And if you live in a smaller space this is an even better reason to do a big clean up! Start with getting rid of things that are broken or that you don't use any more and work up from there. Scandi spaces boast clean, flowing lines on tables and counter-tops with only a few well-chosen objets d'art on them. So if your surfaces are cluttered with things, it's time to either find a hidden home for them, or donate them!
4. Play with textures
This is the fun part! Now that you've got your white walls, loads of light and no clutter, you need to source some Scandi interiors! What Scandinavian homes lack in colour, they make up for in texture. Build up your space with tactile decorations such as faux wool throws, rough wooden furniture, and worn leather couches. Create visual texture by stacking up interestingly coloured books or displaying a vintage wooden ladder to hang your scarves. And if you've bought some vintage wooden furniture with nicks and scratches, don't repaint it - embrace its worn condition as a badge of honour.
5. Incorporate nature
The natural environment plays an important role in Scandinavian design. Displaying elements of nature inside the home also helps to soften and break up the stark white and black interiors that are so popular in Scandi homes. See how in this dining room in the picture above left you've got the large wooden bowl, the fur throw, the flowers, and the antlers? These natural elements all work together to evoke the outdoors and adds a fresh lively feel to the room. This is something you could easily incorporate by keeping an eye out for nature-based pieces next time you're at a vintage market.
6. Bold Artwork
Now that you have an abundance of white space and natural light, you have the opportunity to display some graphic artwork. Prints are an easy and cost-effective way to switch up your space, so it stands to reason that your walls also display the hallmarks of Scandinavian design. Ideally also in black and white, typography-based artwork is a big trend in Scandinavian interiors. For a super-cheap yet effective option, you could simply build up a black and white inspiration board torn from pictures in magazines like in the photo above. But if you're tired of all the monochrome, this is also a great chance to show your style and add some colour to the room. For a real Scandi feel make sure that the artwork also possesses bold shapes to complement the bold style of your room. These prints really hit the mark and manage to be really fun, too.
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(All images from our Pinterest page. Text overlay is from Mora Approved)