There’s something effortlessly modern but homely about Nordic design, and many of us lust over it when watching our favourite Scandi dramas. Characterised by lashings of white, warehouse-chic furniture and tempting open spaces, it’s nothing if not contemporary. And with some of 2018’s biggest trends set to incorporate interesting textures, earthy neutral tones and pared back industrial vibes, Nordic décor remains as ‘in’ as ever.
But that’s not to say that Scandi design is the same as it was four or five years ago. As the Nordics themselves move with the times, so must we if we want to remain current. While 2012 might have seen us embracing bleached wood and barely-there greys, 2018’s Scandi-trends let us play around with rich mahoganies and deeper shades of blue, bolder patterns and brighter accessories. But one defining feature has stayed the same, and it’s all to do with achieving the increasingly talked about concept of ‘hygge’ (a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment in which everything feels ‘just right’ – although there’s no direct English translation).
When applied to interior design, ‘hygge’ is all about achieving balance and a sense of of cosy-calm that invokes peace and happiness. Sound challenging? Don’t worry – if the Nordics can do it, so can we! Read on to discover everything you need to know about how to achieve utterly tasteful, totally hygge interior design for the coming year.
Never underestimate the power of lighting
Places like Iceland and Norway can experience a mere four to six hours of daylight a day[i], so lighting carries an almost godlike status when it comes to their interiors. And when you look at any glossy-magazine example of Nordic design, you’ll soon see that they treat it as a work of art, as well as a practical essential. With that in mind, your Scandi-chic makeover won’t be complete without a complete overhaul of lighting. Think impressive pendants in glossy ceramics, or to be really on-trend, hang oversized white paper lanterns from the ceiling for a light and airy (and very Nordic) feel.