RENOWNED for their simplicity, utility, and beauty, Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared-back style that is centred around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance, writes Jacky Hayler.
The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian homes are characterised by the use of earthy muted tones, honest materials and minimal ornamentation. Here are a few tips to help you recreate the look in your own home.
Floors: Wall-to-wall carpets never took off in Sweden and all truly Scandinavian interiors will have a wooden, preferably light, floor in all rooms apart from the bathrooms.
Colour: White walls and cool grey and blue textiles definitely give off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior. However there are more colourful textiles from the likes of Marimekko in the Sixties pop vein and the much more decorative Josef Frank from the Forties. Both very different, both very Scandinavian.
Materials: Wood — and don’t be afraid to show it. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.