By Amy Frost, Valiant Stylist
It’s no surprise why this style is loved by so many and has remained a favourite design and decorating style – its blend of simplicity and beauty are timeless.
It has been, and we feel will remain to be, relevant for the next few years. With more apartments being built to address the demand for living spaces in urban centers, styles that complement smaller spaces will be sought out. Scandinavian design is known to enlarge smaller spaces, and is therefore a good practical property styling and design choice for urban living.
Scandinavian inspired interiors typically build on a crisp white palette. Among the many variations of white walls, grey tinted and flat crisp white are popular. Wall colour choice is central to setting the design tone as it’s the base upon which the different styling layers will be built.
For furniture, think clean minimal design. Choose pieces with light clean lines and steer away from dark timbers or heavy looking pieces. Sofas and armchairs with thin legs allow light and air to flow through, working wonders for opening up smaller spaces. A mixture of squared and rounded edges or different shapes work, such as a modern square edged sofa with a round coffee table.
The best Scandi interiors are a balanced mix of soft furnishings and décor. Layers of texture using sheepskins, chunky wool knits, and velvets add warmth and interest. Patterns are also a popular layering technique – grid beddings, geo prints, and square candle holders help achieve an eclectic and varied look.
While Scandi-inspired spaces are typically black, white, and grey; they aren’t always dominated by monochromatic schemes. Muted tones of icy blues and mints, blush reds, and musky pinks also make appearances through accessories and décor.
Artworks have a huge impact on Scandi-inspired interiors. Popular choices are simple and soft to the eye - scenes or elements from nature such as a snow covered field, or refined urban inspired visuals such as an artistic impression of a subway map. Artwork is a styling staple that adds another layer and allows homeowners to add their own style.
Another element that makes a significant visual impact is the addition of plants. Fiddle figs, olives, or rubber trees in large cement-like vessels are popular. Their large green leaves contrast well against the soft crisp whites. For a muted palette, the soft green of olive trees is a wonderful complement.
In the business of property styling, we navigate through different trends and styles, picking the ones that both resonate with the target market and bring out the best in a space. We are often drawn to playing with Scandi styling or applying its elements because it works.