7 STEPS TO GET THAT SCANDINAVIAN STYLE IN YOUR HOME
There is something about Scandinavian homes that give us such a warm feeling. Whether in the depths of winter or the midst of summer, Nordic interiors exude a sense of coziness warmth and charm, while at the same time maintaining a modern edge. What we are drawn to is that pared down simplicity, the muted tones and that relaxed, unpretentious, honest atmosphere. There are of course many styles in Scandinavia but there are also many elements that many Nordic homes have in common. Here are 7 steps to help bring in the Nordic charm to any living space.
The first step is tossing those items that you don't need or don't like. Simplify your space by only introducing items that you use and love. Your space will feel much lighter and less crowded and larger. Try taking out all the decor elements and adding them back one at a time. But only the items that you truly feel good about. When you buy new items don't forget it is an investment. Buy less but buy well.
2. WHITEN UP
A common element to most Nordic homes are the white walls and sometimes floors. The winter months can be long and dark and white walls not only help to bounce the light around the rooms but they make the settings feel bigger and lighter. Your wall art will stand out on white walls; use it to create fun and interesting focal points.
3. LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT
Yes, lighting is key to create that Scandi home feeling. Incorporate light in different ways. Natural light is very important in any home, so take down the curtains if you can. Add different levels of lighting; pendants, table lamps, and floor lamps will add different lighting dimensions to the atmosphere and gives you more control over the mood. A very important source of light is the candle. Not just for a special dinner or event, use candles on a regular basis. At the table, on the coffee table when relaxing in the living room. In Scandinavian households, candles are found in windowsills, kitchen counters, and even bathrooms. They are almost always used when guests come over to create a sense of hygge.
4. MIX IT UP
Mix the shiny and new with the old and worn. Well-crafted, well-designed items are timeless and the element of well-worn pieces, whether passed down from a grandparent or found at a flea market while on vacation, is an important element in a Scandi style home.
5. LET THE OUTSIDE IN
Scandinavians have a great appreciation for the outdoors. Nature is reflected in much of their design choices. Décor, artwork and materials often represent the nature of the Nordic region. Wood is abundant in most Scandi homes adding a coziness that compliments and warms the usually white walls and light floors. You will often find sheepskins and reindeer pelts on chairs and floors as well as plants and flowers or even branches brought in from the outside.
6. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simplicity is the key. You will be surprised how much you can live without.
7. HAVE FUN
Don't take it too seriously. Have fun with it! Let your home reflect your personality and unique style. Embrace the imperfections and the process. And most of all be comfortable in your home. Enjoy!
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