When we hear the phrases ‘Scandinavian’ and ‘home décor’ together, it’s only natural for your mind to leap to a certain famous flat-pack retailer, known for rock-bottom prices, design-led furniture and bringing certain generic book-cases and coffee tables to the masses.
It’s certainly one type of Scandi-chic that we’ve seen in home décor, but the current trend is less flat-pack and minimalist and more log-cabin and cosy.
The Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ is all about winter cosiness and, “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things.”
It’s a trend that’s proved popular in the UK this winter, with lots of lifestyle bloggers and home style features opting for warm blankets, log-cabin style and plenty of influence from Nordic countries.
It’s not a trend that’s restricted to the winter months though, there are plenty of ways to add a bit of Scandi style to your home in the summer too.
A fairly minimalist backdrop of light colours and unfinished wood is a great way to embrace it in a summery way. Adding bespoke shutters to your windows could also score your home some sweet Scandi style points.
They’ll allow you to keep the chill out in winter, and provide some shade when it’s needed in the summer. Paint them a fun primary colour like royal blue or yellow to provide a counterpoint to otherwise minimalist walls and floors.
Pick slightly mismatched furniture within a theme – choose one colour like a pastel blue or green and pick out sofas and chairs that complement each other but don’t match, for an eclectic and quirky look.
Using mostly white or neutral accessories with little pops of colour in the form of prints and trinkets will help to channel a look that could have come straight from a Swedish or Norwegian home.
You can use the cosy rugs, warm blankets and lots of soft furnishings like wall hangings that we mentioned earlier to take the edge off the starkness of white walls and exposed wood.
Take a look at our bespoke shutters to see how you could use them to add some cool and cosy Scandinavian style to your home this spring.