It’s no secret that those stylish Scandinavians have dominated the interior design trends for many years now. In fact, it can hardly be called a trend anymore. Rather, it is a staple look that is both timeless and universally adored. Characterised by clean minimalism, bright open spaces and convenient functionality, it can work in any type of space. What’s not to love!
I’ve recently moved into my own little flat so I’m constantly on the hunt for interiors inspiration. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have vast open spaces to play with; more like a box suitable for one tiny person (but then I am small so it all works out quite well). If anything, it’s all the more reason to embrace a Scandinavian style, so I can create the illusion of space. Having spent a lot of time researching the vast amount of inspiration on the web, in this post I compile some of my favourite looks.
1. Dark walls
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Okay so I know I said that Scandinavian style is all about brightness but there are exceptions. I adore the dark grey walls of this bedroom. The contrast with the light ceiling and flooring still creates the illusion of space, especially combined with the white furniture, lighting and bedding. I’m not a huge fan of the bed-sheet-style lampshade but have you seen that mirror? I need that in my life.
Where to buy: Gorgeous handmade mirror from Loaf.
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Simple but sophisticated, messy but somehow tidy. I love the simplicity of the wooden bedside tables and the quirky low-hanging lights. Completely impractical in terms of storage if you don’t have a giant walk-in wardrobe but it looks delightful.
Where to buy: Simple wooden bedside table from Ikea (it’s £9, you literally can’t go wrong!)
3. Exposed brick
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Unfortunately I can’t just magic up some exposed brickwork in my flat but a girl can dream! The white-washed effect of the bricks goes perfectly with the different textures, from the wood-effect floor to the fluffy throw on the chair and the knitted blanket on the bed.
Where to buy: Grey bed linen from Zara Home
4. Pops of colour
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Scandinavian interiors are often characterised by their unrelenting commitment to white, grey and brown tones. Although these can have a gloriously clean effect, personally I like a bit of colour in my life. I love the way this bedroom adds subtle but eye-catching pops of colour with the bright green accessories. By making all the furniture neutral but adding the colour with accessories, it leaves scope to reinvent the overall look further down line without having to buy new furniture. Just buy some new cushions and blankets et voila!
Where to buy: Forest green cushion from Laura Ashley
5. Open shelving
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If you have beautiful accessories and ornaments then why hide them away in a cupboard? Due to the minimalism and neutrality that is part and parcel of Scandinavian design, it is important to inject some personality. Open shelving is a great way of doing this, as it showcases your own personal story. Just so long as you’re not the kind of person who hoards to the point of junk shop capacity – then maybe just stick to the closed cupboards!
Where to buy: Tall open shelves from Next
6. Exposed beams
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Admittedly not all of us are lucky enough to have exposed beams in our home. But if you do then make sure you leave them exposed! Natural wood is a key element of Scandinavian design, due to its link with the outdoors. Some people may view the beams in this bedroom as awkward but they do a wonderful job of making it the centrepiece of the room. Also a special shoutout to the stripes on the bed and chair, which add a gorgeous bit of texture and interest to the stark white of the walls, floor and ceiling.
Where to buy: Copper brushed metal ceiling lights from Habitat
7. A bit of everything
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This bedroom combines many of my favourite Scandinavian design traits. Pops of colour, painted walls, exposed brick, natural wood flooring, stripes, low-hanging lights and gorgeous textures. This is how to make the most of minimalism in the most stylish and savvy way possible.
Where to buy: Gorgeous framed prints from Desenio
Now to work out how I’m going to incorporate these elements into my tiny little room! I’ll be sure to share some pictures of the end result but in the meantime, I hope you are feeling suitably inspired.