We’ve all seen our fair share of Scandinavian inspired spaces, and if there’s one motif that’s entirely undeniable, a monochromatic colour scheme is it. It’s no secret that Scandinavian décor is trending in the design world. With its minimalist vibes, clean lines and uber-modern look, everything about it is simply stylish. If you’ve been meaning to add a touch of Scandi style
to your home then why not opt for a fresh new take on this trend by forgoing the traditional monochrome palette and opting instead for vibrant colours, floral finishes and oversized patterns. Here are some easy ways to introduce some vibrancy to your Scandi inspired interior.
FLORAL FINISHING TOUCHES
Nature is an integral part of both Scandinavian life and design, so why not bring the outdoors in with natural bright colours and plant inspired accessories such as floral inspired rugs, throw cushions or artwork. Introduce a little or a lot of this look by adding in vertical gardens or clusters of potted indoor plants combined with greenery inspired paint tones. If a whole bud green feature wall is a touch to daunting, take a more subtle approach instead, by painting old cabinetry or furniture in complimentary green tones such as a gorgeous dusty sage green.
NEON AND NEUTRALS
Dress up that on trend modern minimalist Scandi furniture
in its shades of tan or soft grey with an injection of neon colour. Think hot orange or iridescent yellow cushions patterned with traditional Scandi inspired motifs. Place collections of bold blue or burnt neon orange mid century pottery in colour coordinated collections on your fireplace mantle or in smaller clusters on your sideboard. Instead of a gallery wall filled with many monochromatic prints opt instead for one major bold and brightly hued artwork with neon undertones to create a dramatic effect in any minimalist room. Fiesta red is another great neon colour that adds life and vibrancy into any Scandi interior use it sparingly in rug stitching, planter pot trimming or even in a motif within a curtain print or artwork print.
Modern day Scandi prints are typically simple, symmetrical and either botanical or animal based in theme (think dala horse) with bold colours and high graphic contrast. A trend towards oversize prints and patterns has been led by Finnish textile powerhouse Marimekko and these resulting usage of these fabrics in Scandinavian interiors is awe inspiring! From curtains and bedheads through to rugs and boldly upholstered sofas, these patterns and prints are at the defining edge of this colourful Scandinavian interior movement. To add a little pattern to your room look for striking oversized botanical artworks, textiles, bed linens or even a floor rug. If subtlety is more up your alley you could always try framing smaller swatches of a killer patterned fabric or simply hang a brightly patterned dowel mounted tea towel in your hallway and create a vignette in similar tones to mirror it.
TEXTURE IS YOUR FRIEND
Playing with textures in your Scandi interior can be a fabulous way to introduce colours as well. Whether it is the lamp, the pouf, the rug, the textiles on the couch or on the bed — keep things interesting and make sure you keep your pops of colour to a cohesive story in each room. Coloured texture not only adds warmth and character but also creates pockets of depth in an otherwise very light focused decorating style. Introduce a shaggy boucherite rug with streaks of colour through its pattern, or look to textural coloured or patterned wallpapers to add some life to your Scandi look.