Scandi Style Rooms – Simple, On-Trend and Budget Friendly
Over the past year or two we have witnessed a wave of interior design trends that are inspired in some way by Scandinavia. In 2016 it was difficult to pick-up a ‘home’ magazine or click onto an interiors website without seeing some mention of ‘hygge’; the Scandi trend for fluffy throws, chunky knits, hot chocolate and generally all things comforting and indulgent! Well, it seems that this year the Scandi theme continues but there has been an about-turn as attentions now move to a new trend being referred to as ‘Lagom’ – which would seem to be the opposite of ‘hygge’ in it’s goals for simplicity and a more ‘make do and mend’ attitude. This is good news for those who are trying to stick to a tighter budget. And this more basic of the Scandi trends has inspired some wonderfully simple and clean cut designs for the home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Minimalism is key: ‘Lagom’ roughly translates as ‘just the right amount’. Clean spaces are in and clutter is out. Consider free-cycling items that are no longer of use such as old toys and books to help to clear your living space. Natural materials feature strongly in Scandi inspired rooms, so wooden beds and desks are perfect – you don’t have to spend a fortune, budget level furniture fits perfectly with this style or alternatively many second hand furniture items can be found on free-cycle websites. In-fact recycling and reusing are at the heart of living a ‘lagom’ lifestyle.
2) Calm and muted tones: Pale colours such as whites, creams and muted blues and greys feature commonly in Scandinavian interiors. Where bolder colours are used, they tend to be ‘flashes’ such as cushions, throws or accessories.
3) Nature and Greenery: A love of nature inspires Scandinavians to show this in their interior design – so indoor plants are popular as well as nature inspired wall-art. Starting a small herb garden or introducing some green plants to window areas are popular ideas.
Calming spaces to work and play and living a more frugal lifestyle can’t be bad – if this trend appeals to you, there is loads of inspiration to be found online on websites such as: Ideal Home, Houzz and Pinterest.
The living room above is found at our property in Oakley Road Rushden - http://tinyurl.com/zwb2zdp
Lydia Eeles February 2017