The Scandi interior design trend first came to prominence back in the 1950’s and, as the sale of billions of flatpacks and Swedish meatballs the world over since then will attest, it’s a style that we’re still lusting after today.
It focuses on simplicity, functionality and a connection to nature, and it creates calming, useful spaces that are easy-peasy to live in.
We chatted to the FURNISHD. design team to get their top tips on creating a calming, cosy and super-functional Scandi home that will last a lifetime. No allen keys are required!
The Scandi bones
To really nail the Scandi look at your place, take a look at the bones of the space before you start fleshing it out with furnishings and accessories.
True Scandi spaces usually have pale timber floors and white walls.
These work together to make spaces seem bigger, brighter and airier and provide the perfect backdrop for the minimalist but comfy styling that will create your Scandi home.
Big windows and abundant natural light are also features of this style, so get rid of any heavy window furnishings or things that block the light from pouring in.
And finally, to set the scene for a jolly good Scandi-ing, you have to declutter.
We know, we know – we bang on about this ALL the time, but styles like Scandi are simply impossible to achieve if there’s heaps of stuff everywhere.
The beauty of Scandi, and the reason it’s so calming, is that it’s clean, functional and easy – and clutter makes all of that pretty tricky.
But don’t start going down the hardcore minimalism path just yet – Scandi is more about finding a sense of ‘lagom’ (pronounced lah-gom ) which is a Swedish and Norwegian word that means ‘just right’.
So, we’re talking a happy middle ground between the sparse styling of minimalism and having piles of stuff taking over every flat surface of your home.
You have what you need and use, and not more.