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Interior trends: what is the Scandi interior style?

Photo of a Scandi Living Room by Katja Bayer on Unsplash
PHOTO BY KATJA BAYER ON UNSPLASH

WordsMaha Elley

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As a simple Pinterest search for interior decor inspo will show, the love for Scandi style has been around for a while… and it isn’t going away any time soon. Not only is this style of decor pleasing to the eye, it can be easy to bring into your home. And minimalism (its core principle) is a rising trend, as more of us seek to declutter our lives and become increasingly eco-conscious. 

Let’s take a closer look at the basic principles of the uber popular Scandinavian interior design style, its origins and how we can start to introduce its characteristics into our home. 

What is the Scandi interior style? 

The Scandi style of interior decor that we know (and love) today first started popping up in homes across Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark in the 1950s. It’s a style that is centred on clean, simple lines and minimalist functionality, with added touches of cosiness and warmth brought in through a blend of textures and flattering lighting. Contemporary but not cold, Scandinavian interior decor is all about creating a modern home that still feels inviting. More on that below.

Characteristics of the Scandi interior style 

Muted colours

Think fresh, natural and muted. Maximise the light in your room with bright whites on your walls, such as White 01 or White 03. Add contrast with pops of earthy beiges like Beige 03, greiges and darker shades.  

Wooden accents

Scandinavians are also great lovers of nature, and this love is visible in their style of home decor. It’s all about bringing the outdoors in, with a mix of bare wooden flooring and lots of indoor green. Opt for warm, light oak woods and cover with thick rugs to get that true Scandi look.

Scandi inspired bedroom
KEEP THE WARM WOODEN TONES OF DOORS AND FLOORING FOR A COSY SCANDI FEEL, VIA @EMTURNERHOME
Japandi Inspired Living Room
SNUGGLY UP IN FRONT OF A FIRE LIKE A TRUE SCANDI, VIA @JAPANDI_DESIGN
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