Retro Scandi chic for the modern home
Scandinavia has given us some real design classics – like Jacobsen’s iconic 60s classic ‘egg’ chair and Wegner’s countless, covetable mid-century modern pieces. Not forgetting the folding day beds, retro lighting, warm teak sideboards and clever modular shelving systems found in many a modernist’s home today. Some of the most highly collectable sofas and sideboards are over 70 years old. But don’t worry about hunting it down – consider investing in some of our favourite Scandinavian-style Furniture Village pieces instead, and bring a splash of cool Scandi sophistication into your home.
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Get comfortable with Scandi-style sofas
There are a few elements that quickly identify a sofa as being Scandi style. Think clean lines, neutral colours and pale wood legs as well as understated functionality and an overall modern feel. Avoid more traditional furniture details like headrests, high backs, and decorative studding or stitching, and opt for contemporary simplicity instead.
For example, a roomy fabric corner sofa in a beautiful textured neutral fabric suits the Scandi living room perfectly. If you choose a modular sofa design, you can create a sofa to suit your space, adding more pieces as your family grows or if you move house. And give modern reclining sofas some serious thought too. After all, Scandinavian style is all about finding perfect comfort.
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Add a touch of colour to a neutral Scandi palette
We all associate Scandinavian style with pale neutrals – off white, cream, taupe, ice blue and grey. But neutrals can be bold, too. Charcoal grey, navy blue and chocolate brown all offer Scandi-style sophistication and may be a more practical sofa colour choice for you and your family, especially if you have children.
And don’t forget the strong design parallels between Scandi style and retro chic, especially in terms of colour. Both styles feature stronger colours like burnt orange, forest green and ochre – perfect for a lamp shade, an accent chair or even an entire sofa.
Accessorising your Scandi-style home
Scandi style may be clean and pared back, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy accessorising your living room or dining room. The trick is to keep things simple. Find floor lamps and table lamps with wooden or metal bases and crisp linen shades, and layer pieces – ceiling lights, floor lamps and table lamps – for a lighting effect that’s cosy as well as versatile. Keep rugs and cushions neutral but bring in interesting textures for visual interest.
If your colour scheme is starting to feel a little too neutral, know that bolder contrasting or geometric patterns work perfectly in a Scandinavian interior aesthetic and are the perfect way to add your own design personality while ensuring that your look is firmly contemporary.
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Calm and relaxing – the perfect Scandi look bedroom
Scandi style is a great look for a bedroom, especially a more compact room, where this clean aesthetic will encourage you to keep things simple and uncluttered. Pale oak bedroom furniture will help make the room feel lighter and larger, and choose usefully multifunctional pieces like bedside tables with drawers, or an ottoman storage box – a bedding box that doubles as a bedroom seat. You can maximise floor space by opting for taller and narrower pieces of furniture like a tall chest of drawers, and try a wooden bed frame with a simple slatted or spindled headboard.
The bedroom is also the ideal place to go beyond traditional Scandi neutrals. Blush pink looks gorgeous when paired with off white or soft grey. Layer texture and tone in the form of linen and cotton bedding, knitted throws and cushions and fluffy rugs.
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Neat and tidy, Scandinavian style
Effortlessly clean and simple Scandi style is more than skin deep. Take your pick of beautifully-crafted Scandi living room furniture and enjoy functional storage solutions that can help ensure your living spaces are stylishly clutter free. Large storage pieces like sideboards and display cabinets do a fantastic job of keeping all your possessions under control – from dinnerware to board games to paperwork – while contributing to the overall Scandi aesthetic.
If you want to have a few choice items on show, curate a simple but effective display of ceramic and glassware on stylish shelves or a bookcase. As Scandi style is relaxed and comfortable, don’t feel that everything has to be perfectly neat and perfectly symmetrical. Experiment with scale – pair smaller framed photos with larger glass vases, for example, or go for asymmetrical shelves or display furniture which offers both open and closed storage.
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