Get the Scandi look
For years, Scandinavians have been seen by many as leaders in style. They’re known for simple, beautiful forms and exceptional functionality and quality. In fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and furniture you’ll find a Scandinavian designer leading their field, from well-known names such as Georg Jensen, Marimekko and Arne Jacobsen to lesser-known designers such as Filippa Knutsson (of fashion brand Filippa K) and ceramicist Anne Black.
Scandinavian homes are known for their light, bright spaces and an elegant, understated look. White on white with ‘blond’ or whitewashed woods are combined with lots of texture from soft furnishings. Decorate with simple ceramics, wooden objects or silverware to achieve this look.
Get the look:
- Texture is the key here. Look for soft furnishings such as cushions in white or soft grey with thick weaves, or throw an animal skin over a chair to create texture and comfort.
- Group white ceramics of different shapes and sizes together on a shelf or mantle. Even inexpensive pieces can look fantastic and really draw the eye when arranged in an interesting display. Shop our collection here for ideas.
- Painting furniture white or soft grey can be a cost-effective way to achieve this look without having to buy new pieces.
- Clear out clutter and pack away possessions – in Scandi style, less is more.
- Keep ornaments to a minimum. Using a classic piece, such as a candelabra in the centre of a table, is all that is needed. Don’t be tempted to overstyle!
- To keep it affordable, try mixing cheaper IKEA pieces with designer homewares – you’ll be surprised how well they all work together.
- Scandinavian style is timeless. It’s worth spending more on a couple of quality pieces that will form the centrepiece of your room – they won’t date and you will treasure them forever.
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