In the second post of our series sponsored by John Lewis, online magazine editor & interiors blogger Caroline Taylor from Patchwork Harmony gives her take on one of the retailer’s key 2012 interior trends – Scandinavian style.
In the past I have been known to enjoy a ditsy floral print or a chintzy vintage teacup, and this, I’ll admit, is still true. But as I get older, I’ve found myself searching for a simpler, more pared-back style for my own home. And the place to look to for this kind of inspiration has to be Scandinavia, where subtle colour palettes, natural materials and simple design reign supreme.
To find visual inspiration for this style, I tend to look to many of the Scandinavian based blogs, such as From Scandinavia with Love. Written by Swedish blogger Tiger, it features designers, photographers and stylists, all demonstrating how to create these light, bright spaces and favours quality design and craftsmanship.
Stylist Lotta Agaton creates beautiful interiors, imbued with the restful feel intrinsic to this trend. She contrasts the white canvas palette with greys, blacks and pale blues, adding indoor plants to give texture and build on that sense of calm.
Interior designer Hege Greenall-Scholtz draws on her Norwegian background when designing spaces, and says her work combines her Scandinavian influences with the requirements of her UK clients. Her blog is a haven for stunning images, which display ways in which to give your room personality, either via a large photographic print on the wall, or a favourite vintage find framed by the minimalist backdrop.
Get the look
“Scandi Style”, as it’s best known, creates a versatile backdrop for your interior. With its predominantly white walls and floors, natural fabrics and surfaces, it leaves you free to add personality with fun patterns and vibrant colour pops – although these should be carefully chosen and not overdone.
Wood is an essential material throughout this look: whether it’s old reclaimed beams, driftwood from the beach, or a sleek Mid-Century style table, it gives your muted surroundings warmth and texture. Metal, marble and slate also work well. When choosing furniture go for clean lines, simple shapes and neutral tones – the same goes for large soft furnishings such as comfy sofas, rugs and luxurious curtains – these will provide a fresh canvas on which to add interest and design detail.
To add texture, choose fabrics such as linen, burlap and fake fur. The subtle tones and natural feel of these fabrics sit perfectly within a neutral setting. And if you feel your room needs an injection of colour, go with tones such as teal, mustard yellow or blue, although pastel shades and primary colour pops can also look great for a fun contemporary take on the trend. Add to this with a sleek ceramic or glass vase (hunt down Mid-Century design classics if you have time), or a folk-inspired cushion.
Styling the Scandinavian way will help make your home more light, bright and calming, and your treasured finds will stand out against this pared-back design canvas. All you need to get started is a few pots of white paint!
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