For several years now, the interiors world has been obsessed with the Scandinavian look for our homes. From minimal décor, sheepskin rugs and candles to monochrome colour palettes and muted grey accessories, our love affair with all things Scandi has moved to new heights. We learned how to hygge embracing all things homely and cosy, and with slow living a lifestyle many of us aspire to, a Scandinavian way of life is exceptionally appealing. But is it time to update our Scandi style homes? In 2018 we will see an update to the typical Scandi interior here in the UK, with more colour, alternative textures and a brighter, more colourful take on this stylish look. For ideas on how to create this decor in your own home, read on.
Typically, a Scandinavian interior involves layers of a white and grey colour palette mixed with textured fabrics and plenty of pale wood. That’s fine in Scandinavia but us Brits do like our colour and tend to shake up the typical Scandi look, in our own inimitable way.
Try styling your Scandi plants and home accessories against a backdrop of dark hues for an alternative to pale greys. Paint walls in dark colours, Blue Hague from Farrow and Ball is a favourite for example and you’ll be surprised how homely and cosy it can be. Don’t worry though, this look still retains much of the Scandi feel that we are drawn to.
Alternatively, if dark walls aren’t for you, add a palette of muted pinks to your greys and whites. Keep the colours soft and calm and your accessories simple. Piles of books and magazines are typical in a Scandi scheme, as are candles of course. Liven your look with a selection of plants too.
In the bedroom, add layers of texture as is typical for this look but mix it up with some metallics. Whilst you may usually expect to only see dark metals in a Scandi themed space, brightening your minimal decor with coppers, golds and brass gives it a warmer, softer feel, and works exceptionally well with greenery.
Layer your textures through fabrics and colour. Keep the basics neutral, as in the crisp white bedding, yet add a combination of dark and light woods along with simply styled accessories that are typical of a Scandinavian interior.
Let’s take several of our ideas from above and combine them in a new Scandi kitchen look for 2018. Dark kitchen cabinets are sophisticated and contemporary, whilst adding metallic handles give a touch of glamor. Add your typical Scandi monochrome theme of textured woods, neutral backdrops and grey walls to complete this updated space.
This look isn’t typical for a Scandi interior, but it nods to the basic Scandinavian style elements and updates it with warmth and soft colours. It’s a Scandi look for the 2018 UK home; one that we are bound to see more of as the year progresses.
Don’t forget to add your plants of course. From ferns to aloe veras, succulents to cacti and more, pot them in ceramic pots and wicker baskets for the perfect addition to your updated Scandi home interior. The soft, pale greens lift and brighten the scheme, co-ordinating natural hues and textures, creating the ideal finishing touch.
Are you a fan of the updated Scandi home interior look? Could you adopt this look in your home?