10 Tips for achieving a Scandinavian interior ....
1. FloorsWall 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.
White walls and cool grey textiles definitely gives off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior however soft, muted colours can be used for accessories and and accents.
Use wood to warm up the interior. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil or limewash finish to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.
Clean lines from architecture to furniture.
5. FunctionA truly Scandinavian interior is practical and liveable.
There are such incredible pieces from several manufacturers. From the mid-century period designers like Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen stand out and their pieces are just as beautiful today as they were when they were conceived.
7. Put a fireplace in the corner
Scandinavian winters are harsh so most apartments and houses have a fireplace in the living room. They are often not the focal point of a room, they are often very simple columns (many originals from the 19th century are beautifully tiled) and are located in the corner of the room.
8. Be eco-friendlySwedes have been very quick to add eco-friendly aspects to their houses. Double-glazing, proper insulation for walls and roofs, ground source heat pumps … all these are fairly standard in Swedish new builds.
9. Add an outside/ inside room
Scandinavians, like Australians, generally love a connection with the outdoors so you’ll find a balcony or terrace in even the smallest apartments. These are usually decked and used for barbequeing and entertaining outdoors during the late light nights of the summer.
10. Scale back on accessoriesDeclutter! Keep interiors pared back and accessories to a minimum.
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