Interior Designer Eastcliff ~ The Scandinavian Look
Scandinavian homes are much admired around the world for their simply beautiful and understated elegance which somehow manages to also be utilitarian and functional. Very like Hermanus and the Overberg region the Scandinavian landscape is abundant with water, forests and mountains and these have a significant influence on their interior design which tends to feature natural materials and earthy tones.
Start with a blank canvas and repaint your interior for a fresh look. I would highly recommend sticking to pure bright white, variations of pale shades of grey and blue for walls. The Swedes are not keen on beige so steer well clear of yellowing tones. These colours are cool, calming and provide a perfect blank canvas for the vibrant spots of colour that can be used on furniture, rugs, cushions, textiles and artwork. Remember that simplicity is the main feature of this design style so bring in colours and textures via accessories only and stick to a muted and monochrome colour palette ~ think pale grey sofas, white walls, wooden floors and spots of dramatic colours in the form of soft furnishings and accessories.
Unlike their other European counterparts, fitted carpets have never really caught on in Scandinavian countries and most homes feature simple and stylish wooden flooring in light, natural hues. There is a wide selection of real and artificial flooring options available locally and this would be a great way to achieve your dream Scandi look. Keep it warm with small bright funky carpets or warm sheepskin and cowhide rugs.
Wood is a key element in this look. It adds texture, warmth and a natural feel to your interior. Very few homes in Sweden are without wood from flooring to furniture, feature mantelpieces and ceiling beams. Wooden furniture should have clean, simple and contemporary lines and be a neutral colour ~ think natural bleached wood tables.
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