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Decorate like a real Scandinavian: 10 tips for a perfect home



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In the last twenty years, Scandinavian interior design has taken the world by storm. With its clean lines, muted neutral colours and monochrome accents, this style of decorating easily has become a firm favourite and we can understand why. Nowadays you can transform your home into a Swedish paradise with just a few brush strokes, off white tones and a fuzzy rug here and there.

To save you the long search, we’ve prepared a list of 10 hacks to help you embrace the minimalism, ditch the extra furniture and become a master of Scandinavian interior design. Let’s jump in…

1. It's all about the neutrals

We all know that Scandinavian winters are long and dark. That’s why you’ll see a lot of white and neutral colours that catch the natural light and make the rooms look bright and homely. If you want to follow the Scandinavian interior aesthetic, use a neutral colour palette with different shades of white, cream, tan, brown, grey, or even black.

2. Stay away from the carpets

Keep the floor coverage to a minimum. Exposed floors are a big thing in Scandinavian interiors, you’ll often be able to see the wooden planks that spread around all rooms. If you are after that real winter fairytale feel you can paint the floors white and add a cosy rug next to the bed and the sofa for a soft touch. Vintage fabric pieces are also popular with the Scandinavians, making you feel like you’re in a cottage somewhere in rural Norway. Check out some examples of brilliant floor decoration minus the wall-to-wall carpets.

3. Don't hide the windows

Big windows are central to this decor style but what’s specific to the Scandinavian design is that they’re often left uncovered. To let the maximum amount of light in and absorb it through the walls and floors, there are usually no blinds or curtains. If a curtain is a must, definitely opt for a soft, transparent one that doesn’t stop the light from coming in but still provides a little privacy.

4. Make natural light your best friend

Now this one is a bit obvious after mentioning the windows, but it’s so important that we had to mention it twice... natural light is vital in Scandinavian interior. Those long winters mean they need to make the most of the daylight they get. With walls that are commonly painted in neutral colours, natural light is your best friend to bring those colours to life and create a sense of movement by creating reflections and playing with the undertones of the paint. This is a good reason to pick the colours carefully - a simple white is not the same as white with grey undertones, and trust us, you want to nail that choice. This is precisely why we at Lick have our colour consultants ready to help you with any advice you might need. All it takes is a short call and you’ll be ready to roll.

5. Wood is good

With a focus on craftsmanship, natural materials and simplicity, the philosophy behind the Scandinavian “hygge” remains relevant now more than ever. Wooden details go hand in hand with neutral colours - that’s why you should consider including them in your decoration strategy to get closer to the Scandinavian utopia. Exposed wooden floors and ceiling planks look beautiful when combined with white and grey, and they’ll also add a vintage touch to your space by complementing its original architecture. Wood is a natural material, so count on it to transform your rooms into Instagram-worthy artworks, bringing the outdoorsy spirit of the Scandinavians into your interior.