What is the ‘scandi’ look? Scandinavian style of course! This popular scheme has been used to create a homely feel, whilst keeping a minimalist look and sticking to a neutral theme. What brings it alive is bringing nature indoors and adding pops of colour.
If you want to get the look, here are some simple steps to follow:
1. Keep it simple but comfortable
The scandinavian look is minimal. The focus is on clean lines, space and light that creates a sense of calm. Practical spaces to store and work with are essential for comfort. Absolutely no clutter!
The use of mirrors opposite windows will help bounce light around the place and make rooms look bigger.
2. Bring the outdoors, indoors.
Think light wood, rattan, wicker for your decorative items and ornaments that will bring a sense of nature. When it comes to upholstery think natural textiles work best such as wool, linen, sheepskin and jute for rugs, throws and cushions.
Think about nature inspired materials along the lines of stone,
3. Pops of colour
An earthy colour palette helps to keep the space light, bright and open. Add some accent colour for large areas such as grey-blues, grey-greens and tans and use bold pops of colour to add contrast.
Here are some sample tones that are summarised nicely on this website: https://www.thatscandinavianfeeling.com/inspiration/scandinavian-colour-trends-of-2022
Contrasting colours in a Scandinavian scheme isn’t how you’d usually apply contrast. It’s more subtle. Think size and shape of furniture and varying textures and shades with old and new.
5. Make it ‘Hygge’
Hygge is a Danish word that, in a nutshell describes a mood of coziness and “comfortable conviviality” with feelings of wellness and contentment. It’s a feeling!
How can you help achieve this? Think candles, cosy snuggle areas, warm lighting. The options are endless and it’s more about discovery and adding/taking away items to achieve it.
A great book to get started is ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ (link: https://www.meikwiking.com/copy-of-the-little-book-of-lykke
Here is a recent project that we worked on where my client was after the scandi look!