Scandi style never goes out of vogue, but this year the look is refreshed with the addition of subtle colour and pattern – these affordable updates will instantly transform your interiors.
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Two-tone monochrome chic is a cornerstone of Scandi style, but ubiquitous black-and-white schemes are part of the old vanguard. The new Nordic look adds a softening element inspired by the natural world. Think subtle putties and accent hues, rustic texture paired with gentle pattern and organic forms mixed with the occasional graphic note. To get the look, start by considering your colour scheme. Soft greys, inky blues, sage and forest greens and neutral putties all strike the right note.
Try painting wooden floors, kitchen units or bedroom cupboards in Farrow and Ball’s chalky colours. On floors, its Dove Tale works beautifully with an accent trim such as a combination of Babouche, Mahogany and Arsenic. Next, use lighting to introduce a softly industrial edge. Pooky’s Luxor Lantern in Brass and Clear Glass, £160, will add a contemporary note, while the Tony Task Lamp in Smoke, £25, from John Lewis’ affordable House range is both utilitarian and chic.
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Embrace the look with organic materials. Wools, linens, cottons, unfinished wood and graphic metal all evoke new Nordic style. Introduce texture with chunky knit cushions and sheepskin seat pads. If you are replacing carpet, opt for a neutral in a large loop or boucle rather than a flat weave, or try sisal or coir for an organic look. Add soft greens in cosseting textures. We love Cox & Cox’s soft wool cushion in Sage, £55.
Chunky, rustic wood pieces will add instant warmth – opt for The White Company’s Ardleigh Milking Stool in Smoke, £95, for an instant Nordic twist. Updated Scandi style is all about colour accents too, such as mustard, rose pink or midnight blue. A geometric rug featuring these contemporary colourways will work the look. Made’s Henrik wool rug £159, will instantly imbue a scheme with a modern Scandi edge.
BACK TO NATURE
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Mixing materials is key to this look. Switch it up by combining different shapes and styles, referencing nature for cohesion. Balance chunky woods with slimline metal framed pieces and Anglepoise lighting with softer, gently patterned table lamps.
French style pieces complement this look – try The White Company’s painted Provence Chest of Drawers in Pale Grey, £795, to add a timeless element, or go modern-retro with Swoon Editions’ Watts desk in Acacia wood, £263, for a warm, textured look. Ikea’s Odger Chair, £65, will bring a contemporary note to the dining table, while its Lixhult cabinet, £30, adds definition to a mellow scheme. Finally, introduce simple accessories, such as Nordic Style’s Set of 6 grey placemats, £49.99, and plenty of candlelight for the finishing touches.
Article written by Emma J Page