Sometimes, less is more – and if you’re hankering after a home that’s clean and serene yet also warm and inviting, Scandi style ticks all the right boxes.
Nature-inspired colours that contrast with a monochrome scheme, soft greys, natural stone and timber all feature in Nordic interiors. Cosy textures, such as faux fur for an extra measure of warmth, which also hint at snug sleigh rides and oh-so-cool rural retreats, are another vital ingredient – and we could all do with snuggling up in comfort right now.
To tie it all together, a light, pale palette compensates for sparse daylight and helps create a welcoming, bright and soothing space.
12 ways to add some Scandi style in your home
Here are 12 ways to create a harmonious haven and channel some cosy Scandi style in your home this winter…
One of the joys of white wooden blinds is not only do they look effortless, but you can control light and shade, open up space and introduce a polished, minimalist feel with just the tilt of a slat. Here, a woven rug and faux sheepskin throw complements an accent leather chair, and a neutral sofa’s warmed by a wooden floor lamp.
2. Dillon Droplet Pendants, from £50, Dillon LED Table Lamp, £40, Next
Other than using blinds to make the most of natural light, pendant lighting strikes just the right balance between utilitarian and minimal design, especially these funky fixtures with a spiral filament bulb.
3. Teddy Bear Cocktail Chair – Cream, £99, Teddy Square Footstool, £35, Ivory Sheepskin Rug, from £39, Dunelm (other items from a selection or part of room set)
With the teddy coat trending big time, it’s only natural this fuzzy favourite should be transcending into interiors – and this teddy chair and footstool couldn’t be more ideal for these testing times we’re living in. Stylish and super snuggly, who wouldn’t want to curl up in a cosy corner like this? Aquavit cocktail anyone?
4. Wilko Antler Hurricane Glass Vase, £5, Wilko
An inspired choice, it’s tempting to snap up two of these antler glass vases. Simply pop a tea light into each and place them either end of a kitchen or dining room table, or use them to bookend a winter white bouquet.
5. Isaac Chaise Armchair in Canvas Pure Belgian Linen, from £1,140, Sofa.com
When it’s time to put your feet up, this chaise armchair perfectly captures rustic Scandinavian décor, with its plain weave in soft grey, styled with a cosy woven cushion and wool throw for a smidgen of cosy cabin inspiration.
6. Portobello 12 Piece Dinner Set, £136, The White Company
Nobody does white better than The White Company. This classic white glaze hits all the right tablescaping notes and come dinnertime, these durable clay plates will contrast beautifully against the vivid colours of gravadlax, beetroot and prawn mayonnaise with fresh dill.
7. Normann Copenhagen Block Side Table, Black, £205, Nest
A modern drinks trolley in black and natural timber, styled with crystal and designer coffee table books, will make everything look bang up to date – as well as proffering the Scandi aesthetic of beauty in utility.
8. Tibetan Sheepskin Bench – Mink, £695, The White Company
Our object of desire… A masterful use of natural oak legs, topped with Tibetan sheepskin for the perfect silhouette. Versatile enough to suit minimalist room sets, you could always add a new dimension by placing the bench in front of a mid-century teak mirror, perhaps.
9. Alma Large Sideboard, £725, Metal Window Mirror, £150, Next
With no room for clutter, a large sideboard is your best storage solution. Knick-nacks are a no-no in the world of Scandi interiors, and once you’ve swept everything away (for the ultimate edit, you can always use packing cases as space savers and keep this sideboard for glass and tableware), chances are you’ll appreciate the simplicity of good workmanship.
10. Papavera Vases in Volcanic White, from £95-£245; Giant Glass Ball Paperweight, £75, Faux Pussy Willow Flower Stem – Off-White, £10, Oka
Natural stone is another key for getting the Scandi look, and these gorgeous pieces can be styled with pussy willow or greenery, faux or real. And because we’re thinking more driftwood than a dazzling display, a single stem or two will do the trick.
11. Wire Storage Baskets with Handle – White or Grey, £8 each; Fresh Vegetables Storage Tin, £10; Metal Worktop Compost Bin, £8, Stackage Wooden Kitchen Crate, £12, Matalan (other items from a selection)
A nifty idea to stop cooking utensils cluttering up your kitchen work surface, we love these storage baskets with carry handles (easy to lift when you’re wiping worktops clean and laying the table) to keep everything just so.
12. Cosy Fleece Duvet Cover And Pillowcase Set – Dark Mink, from £28-£58, Hartford Bed, from £575, Next
Bedtime bliss courtesy of a functional fleece? Absolutely. Cuddling up in cosy bedding has never looked more inviting, especially when you factor in swatches of faux fur on the bedside table and underfoot, not to mention a bed frame upholstered in a muted wool blend. ‘Suite’ Scandi dreams!
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