Scandinavian Styling For Your Home

Scandinavian design, The Stockholm Collection

Any home must provide comfort, functionality and a design for relaxation, which is why I love the Scandinavian designs.

It can be difficult to keep pace with changing interior design fashions and there are so many looks and finishes for individual rooms in your home, each calling for personal flair. Any home must provide comfort, functionality and a design for relaxation, which is why I love the Scandinavian designs, which incorporate clean lines with uncompromising function. The style is renowned for its simplicity, utility and beauty, with flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of natural light is also important and, combined with beautiful Birchwood and linen fabric, makes a winning combination.

The Scandinavian design movement characterized by simplicity emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. This style makes use of form- pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enameled aluminum or pressed steel. The look remains as popular as it was back then.

To incorporate this look in Modern Houses today here are a few tips for your home:

1. Floors – try to keep them wood, a wooden look or light in colour to reflect light around the room.
2. Colour – fresh and clean. White walls with cool grey and blue textiles. Be bold if you fancy and take your blue up a notch to a bright blue or turquoise.
3. Materials – wood is a must, this certainly gives the Scandinavian look and feel to any room. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. These can be painted or left stripped for a natural look.
4. Fireplace - Due to the Scandinavian harsh winters a fireplace is a must but generally very simple columns located in the corner of the room.
5. Minimalistic – To complete your look declutter, keep your accessories and trinkets to a minimum.
6. Organic materials – Bring some life into your space with plants, and natural materials. Draw back the curtains or blinds and enjoy the view, maximizing the amount of light into your room.
7. Open spaces – maximise your natural light by keeping the room open plan. Don't be afraid to mix old and new pieces. Combining architectural features or vintage, iconic pieces with modern practical items adds a touch of history and character to a neutral space.

Poppy Watt - In collaboration with Homify