From functional kitchens to cosy living spaces, Scandinavians sure know how to do interior design with style. Whether you want to add some Scandi décor to your entire home or simply imbue your boudoir with an added Scandi touch, Eva Bowker, home improvement coordinator at Fantastic Handyman Australia, shared her tips for how to style your home room by room.
Scandinavian design is all about minimalism and functionality and the rule certainly applies to the kitchen space.
The striking difference in kitchens designed within Scandinavian guidelines is how clean they look. Drawers and cabinets are favoured instead of using racks for your pans and glassware. The main idea of open spaces still applies. Don’t equip your kitchen with massive over top shelves. The design should look light and airy.
Colours play a big part in that. Light colours like white and light grey are preferred to dark, heavy ones.
Wood is preferred as a material for the drawers, while you can still go for tops made out of stone.
The kitchen table is what should be on display. Scandinavian people love to spend time with their family, and a dining table is a place where all the family gathers every day. They even have a word for the time they spend with loved ones – “hygge”.
The Living Room
The ideal living room should give off a cosy feeling. Sticking to the colour scheme is still primarily made of light colours, yet there is room for experimentation.
The big buzz right now is hanging lamps, floating shelves, leather couches and accenting the whole room through colourful decorations like vases, cushions and rugs, flowers and paintings.
Utilise the natural light. Let the light come in from all the windows you have. Make sure to utilise this advantage.
Bringing nature inside with real plants is a great option too. Not only that, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to introduce more colour into the room.
Usually, the most personal space in a home, the bedroom is a place where it should be cosy, yet functional.
Clean lines and beautiful decorations are still in power here. Floor lamps with an industrial design fit great in this environment while serving a great purpose.
Using racks instead of wardrobes leaves a lot of open space and isn’t something that you see every day.
Wood is still the favoured material used for furniture, but here is the place where you can incorporate cloth materials most. Sheets, rugs, curtains etc. can be used to give more dimension and personality to the room.
Often the bathroom is one of the smallest places in the house/apartment. Having to fit a lot of things in such a little amount of space is a struggle. Often, you end up with a cluttered bathroom, or you end up calling a handyman to install additional shelves, which serves functionality. However, it still makes it challenging to keep it minimal. Too much clutter and it becomes a place that it doesn’t even serve its core function.
Small spaces are where Scandinavian design excels. To achieve the illusion of open space, you can use clean lines, light colours and powerful lamps. If you have the luxury of big and open windows in your bathroom, then take advantage of it. Most of us, however, don’t have them so we should utilise whatever we have available.
Stick to light colours and light tiles. Curvy bathtubs are awesome if you have room, but with showers, it’s best to stick with glass dividers. Either clear or tinted, glass makes the room feel more open rather than a curtain or a wall.