Scandinavian secrets to a stylish home
Scandinavia has long been coveted as a stylish place to be, from sleek capsule wardrobes to high-end interiors. The Nordic nations not only have stylish homes but know how to make those homes an escape from the harsh weather they often experience.
Insulation Express has decided to decipher all the advice on getting a Scandi home, to give you the best advice on keeping your home warm, stylish and oh so covetable.
In recent months, the world has become obsessed with Scandinavian lifestyle.
The Danish love of Hygge focuses on being content and enjoying the small, everyday things. While Swedish Lagom means just the right amount, not becoming obsessed with excesses but enjoying just enough of everything. These terms have formed a collection of books, homeware trends and recipes. But how can you really get the Scandinavian experience without hopping on a plane?
First, let’s look at the Nordic countries and the style secrets they each have to offer:
Fans of a white washed palette with touches of wicker and wood, Swedish style means feeling warm and cosy without the dark, gloomy colours we traditionally think of in winter. White walls and pale soft furnishings make the most of every last drop of sunshine.
Keeping a neutral palette, this happy nation also loves touches of modernity. Hints of slate grey and contemporary furniture add an edge to this particular aesthetic.
And, as the biggest buyers of candles in Europe, if you want to get the Danish look then candles are an absolute must!
With a greater fascination over traditional textures, you’ll see vintage patterns, detailed rugs and old-school furnishing alongside the neutral palette loved across Scandinavia. So if you have any items of vintage furniture at home, consider upcycling rather than buying new. Don’t be afraid to layer rugs and throws to create a cosy, luxurious feel. Sheepskin rugs are particularly popular, using a mixture of the natural shades available, including cream, brown and grey.
Layering is a must for Finnish style, perhaps because they are used to freezing temperatures throughout their long winters. Layering monotone black, white and grey with wooden furniture will quickly achieve the right look. Energy efficient technology is also really important in Scandinavia (not just Finland), so having triple-glazed windows is common, as is extra thick wall insulation and solar panels.
It’s common to try and bring the rugged outdoor landscape in with Icelandic interior design. Using sheepskin rugs, watery grey colours reminiscent of the sky and reclaimed wood are all ways to blur the barrier between indoor and outdoor. Creating pools of light is also popular as it feels more welcoming and cosy.
Use multiple lamps with different wattage and heights to create an unusual but cosy lighting affect once it gets dark.
Achieving Scandinavian style in your home is surprisingly easy, rather than redecorating your home completely try using soft furnishings, lighting and rugs to test the scheme before turning your home into a Nordic retreat.
For tips on how to get the look in full, read the full infographic from Insulation Express here Scandinavian secrets keeping cosy