Since Scandinavian furniture and décor first burst onto the scene in the fifties, it’s been at the forefront of interior design trends ever since – being as popular today as it was back then. With its minimalistic, clean and simple approach, the designers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have brought the world innovative designs for decades with no signs of it changing anytime soon.
If you’re a big Scandi fan, then we’ve got some great tips on how you can give your lounge some Scandinavian style – from Kahrs flooring to minimalistic furniture and greenery.
Creating your canvas
The first step towards your Scandinavian haven is to create the right canvas to work with. Having the perfect canvas is one of the most important things to get right, as this will act as the base platform for you to build the rest of the room around.
With Scandinavian themed rooms, you can’t help but notice that they almost always follow one simple rule – using a dominant neutral colour. To achieve a similar look and feel, it’s vital to keep your base colour pallet clean and simple with white, cream or magnolia tones. This leaves you with a blank canvas to work from, allowing you to add a signature Scandinavian splash of colour and texture, whether that’s with brightly coloured cushions or a larger piece of feature furniture.
A step in the right direction
Nothing says “Scandinavian lounge” more than a beautiful wooden floor, as Scandinavian design is synonymous with using natural materials and textures. This is where installing a wooden floor underfoot can work wonders. Wooden floors are not only easy to clean and maintain, but they’re hard wearing and sure to add value to your property, as well as style. As we touched on above most Scandinavian designs revolve around a neutral look and using a Swedish brand like Kährs flooring from a reputable supplier like Just Wood will ensure you have an authentic Scandi feel in your lounge from the floor up.
Another key element of styling your Scandinavian lounge will be in choosing the right furniture, from the all-important sofa to side tables and shelving. Scandinavian furniture design is sleek, clean and versatile and that is certainly what you want for your sofa that’s likely to be the focal point of the room. You also want to ensure your lounge is clutter free, so it feels neat and tidy – therefore opting for minimalist furniture for storage, such as bookshelves, sideboards and coffee tables will make sure everything has its rightful place and stays organised.
Bringing the outside in
To finish your Scandinavian design it’s always a good idea to add depth and colour to the neutral canvas and a great way to do this, while also incorporating nature, is to bring outdoor themes and accents into the space. This can be achieved by using pot plants that will give an injection of colour and really lift the room. Of course, if you’re not keen on the upkeep of real plants, incorporating faux-ferns and other artificial plants can also work just as well to bring the outdoors in. In addition, using natural materials, such as hardwood flooring, wooden storage baskets or a stone ornaments and accessories, will add different textures and accent pieces.
Many interior trends come and go, but the Scandinavian trend has certainly stood the test of time. And while all trends evolve, it still retains basic principles for creating the perfect relaxing living space to spend time with friends and family.